KING BHUMIBOL ADULYADEJ
[ Rama IX ]
King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama
IX) was born on December 5, 1927. He succeeded
his elder brother as King on June 9, 1946. On April 28,
1950 King Bhumibol Adulyadej was married to Mom Rajawongse
Sirikit Kitiyakara, a great-granddaughter of King
Chulalongkorn and the following week, on May 5, 1950,
was crowned as King and his wife was installed as Queen
in a glittering ceremony in the Grand Palace.
Their Majesties have four children, the
former Princess Ubol Ratana Rajakanya, Crown Prince Maha
Vajiralongkorn, Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and Princess
Chulabhorn Valayalaksana. During his reign King Bhumibol
Adulyadej has made numerous state visits abroad as well
as having received many Heads of State in Bangkok.
As his reign has advanced, the growing
reverence of the Thai people for their sovereign has become
ever more apparent and on May 5, 1987, to mark his forthcoming
60th birthday, King Bhumibol Adulyadej was proclaimed
"the Great" by His Excellency the Prime Minister
of Thailand. On July 2, 1988 King Bhumibol Adulyadej will
celebrate his record reign -- the day on which he has
reigned longer than any of his predecessors.