KING ANANDA MAHIDOL
[ Rama VIII ] 1935 - 1946
Was born on September 20,1925,the elder son and second
child of H.R.H. Prince
Mahidol Adulyadej, Prince of Songkla. He succeeded his
King Prajadhipok, as King on March 2, 1935. King Ananda
Mahidol spent his early years in Switzerland, receiving
his education there and made occasional trips to Thailand.
He returned to Bangkok
after the end of World War II, but his life and his reign
cam to an abrupt end when he died, on June 9, 1946. King
Ananda Mahidol was never crowned and shortly after his death
his younger brother and successor, King
Bhumibol Adulyadaj, post-humously altered his regnal
title and raised him from seven to nine levels of royal
umbrella, as a fully crowned and anointed sovereign.