Our Beloved King

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You will acknowledge how His Majesty spends his life with Thai people. "Long Live The King of Thailand."

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His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej

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His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej Was born on Monday, 5 December 1927, At Mount Auburn Hospital, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. being the third and youngest child of Their Royal Highnesses Prince and Princess Mahidol of Songkhla.

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His name, Bhumibol Adulyadej, means "Strength of the Land with Incomparable Power.”

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One of perhaps many boys born on that day, this child’s destiny was uniquely different and no one knew, not even his parents, just how different! He was destined to become His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama IX of the Royal House of Chakri, in the Kingdom of Siam.

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His mother took her young family to live quietly in Switzerland where they had the opportunity to enjoy a more “normal” life and receive a comprehensive education.

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Prince kept company with peer group friends, enjoyed hobbies and generally did the things boys like to do.

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The young Prince did love tinkering with things -- repairing electric trains, model making and so on. With this aptitude for “tinkering” with items electrical and mechanical, it was no surprise when Prince Bhumibol eventually began to read Science at Lausanne University.

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The Princess Mother, Sri Nagarindra formerly Mohm Sangvalya, ensured that family life was as “ordinary” as possible.

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Lausanne, Switzerland. It was here in this modest apartment where the Mahidol children enjoyed their childhood as ordinary kids.

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As a child, Prince Bhumibol had been described as a precocious and animated boy, talkative and witty. A darling of the family, the young prince was barely 10 when he started wearing glasses for short-sightedness after his teacher noticed him having to approach the blackboard to take notes.

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His Majesty attended the Ecole Nouvelle de la Suisse Romande, Chailly sur Lausanne. Later on he moved to the Gymnase Classique Cantonal of Lausanne from where he received his Bachelier s lettres diploma. He then chose to enter Lausanne University to study science

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Behind the scenes, His Majesty remains a modest man who still tries to live a simple life. He is an accomplished photographer, painter, sailor, skier, marksman, linguist, writer and jazz musician to name but a few of his talents.

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The sudden death of his elder brother, King Ananda Mahidol, in Bangkok on the 9th of June, 1946, changed the course of his life completely, for the Law of Succession bestowed on him the arduous but challenging function of the Thai Crown. The Government on behalf of the people came to ask the Princess Mother for her other son to be their King

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Sixty four years ago, at His Majesty's coronation in 1946, His Majesty took his immortal oath: “We shall reign with righteousness for the benefit and happiness of the Siamese people” Those words encapsulate the commitment of His Majesty to placing the people of Thailand at the very heart of His reign and at the center of His initiatives”

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“We shall reign with righteousness for The benefit and happiness of the Siamese people.”

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King Bhumibol had claimed his attention and his heart! He had fallen in love with a charming young woman, also of royal lineage, called Mohm Rajawongse Sirikit... As their romance grew, the King asked for the hand of MR Sirikit and they became engaged on July 19, 1949.

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His Majesty met and became engaged on the 19th. of July 1949 to Mom Rajawongse Sirikit, daughter of His Highness Prince Chandaburi Suranath (Mom Chao Nakkhatra Mangala Kitiyakara) and Mom Luang Bua Kitiyakara (nee Mom Luang Bua Snidwongse).

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Having reigned since 9 June 1946, he is the world's longest-serving current head of state and the longest-reigning monarch in Thai history.

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ABOVE, LEFT TO RIGHT: King Ananda and Prince Bhumibol on their return to Thailand in 1945. HM King Bhumibol and Mom Rajawong Sirikit Kitiyakara. HM the King on his coronation day. Their majesties with their four children.

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His Majesty decided to go back to Switzerland for another period of study, but this time in the subject of Political Science and Law in order to equip himself with the proper knowledge for government.

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The royal newlyweds enjoyed their honeymoon at Klai Kangwol Palace in Hua Hin. Soon after the coronation, His Majesty the King together with Her Majesty the Queen returned to Switzerland to further his education.

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Their permanent return to Bangkok came on December 2, 1951. With them was their eight-monthold first-born child, HRH Princess Ubol Ratana, born on April 5, 1951.

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His Majesty has composed 48 beautiful and eternal songs such as Love at Sundown, Falling Rain, and Near Dawn, which are loved both in Thailand and abroad. His first song, Saeng Thian (Candlelight Blues), was composed in April 1946.

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Thai People have seen both of them working together for more than 60 years.

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Her Majesty Queen Sirikit has dedicated her life to her Sovereign Husband, family and the Siamese Nation.

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Following the completion of his education in Switzerland in the early 1950s, His Majesty returned home to Thailand.

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“If the people do not leave me, how I can leave them.” His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej

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“A caring Monarch who loves his People”.Perhaps this photograph above all others signifies how the Thai people see their King.”

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In the years following, he began what has become his way of life - traveling throughout the year to the provinces and rural areas of the kingdom to visit his people, talk to them and, perhaps even more important, listen to them.

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"A leader is a ladder. Indeed, a leader is he who lifts his followers up, and not he who pushes his followers down. A supreme leader is he who has the dreamer's eyes and the doer's hands." said Sri Chinmoy

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With a camera around his neck, a notebook in hand, and charts and maps under his arm, His Majesty has sought to understand the hardships faced by his rural subjects, adopting a comprehensive approach to discover how one thing relates to another. His keen mind and persistence in solving problems, will yield him new information all the time. He is thus able to always come up with practical solutions.

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Even His Majesty had so many works to do, he did not neglect to hug and kiss his Princess Mother with care and love all the time he met her.

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In June 1995 the Princess Mother was admitted to the Siriraj Hospital for treatment, His Majesty came to see and take care her until she died peacefully on 18 July 1995 at the age of 94. She was one of the long-lived Thai royalty. Upon her death, for the Thai people had lost a beloved and highly revered member of the Thai Royal Family, a great benefactress, a virtuous lady who was not just a mother of the two kings, but a Somdet Ya, or Royal Grandmother, to all Thai people.

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The significance of his reign relates to three main themes : the well-being of his subjects, the security and stability of his nation, and national unity. His work in many development areas stems from his conviction that the well-being of the people is tantamount to the well-being of the sovereign. These two are inseparable, and interrelated.

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“….I have often said that a self-sufficient economy does not mean that each family must produce its own food, weave and sew its own clothes. This is going too far, but I mean that each village or each district must have relative self-sufficiency. Things that are produced in surplus can be sold, but should be sold in the same region, not too far so that the transportation cost is minimized.” His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej

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"Sufficiency Economy is a middle-path philosophy to achieve equitable and stable development, which is often referred to as sustainable development.“ His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej

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His Majesty has also dedicated himself to development work since 1951, Personally initiating nearly 2,000 projects in such areas as rural development, agriculture, land and water resources, public health and education, resulting in benefits to the majority of Thais. Now the work is jointly carried out by his Chai Pattana Foundation and the Princess Mother’s Mae Fah Luang Foundation.

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He is now the longest reigning monarch in the world. He is loved and respected by his people. In a world where few monarchies survive, Thailand is both unusual and fortunate.

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Fortunate because of having a King who has both far-reaching knowledge and generous compassion: and unusual because throughout each year of his reign, he has become more deeply loved and respected by his subjects.

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After having reigned for more than half a century, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej is known and admired far beyond the borders of his own country.

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A sea of yellow greeted His Majesty on the celebrations of his coronation as well as birth days in 2007, with hundreds of well-wishers wearing yellow shirts lined the streets for several kilometers. They chanted “Long Live the King”.

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He is the soul of the Thai nation. Long Live His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej

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