The Royal Family
|His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the worlds
longest reigning Monarch and one of Thailands most revered Kings. Was born in
Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the United States of America, on Dec. 5, 1927. He is the
direct grandson of King Rama V and the third child, second son of HRH Prince Mahidol of
Songkhla and Mom Sangwalya Mahidol. (HRH the Princess Mother)His given name was Prince
Bhumhibol Adulyadej, meaning "Strength of the land, incomparable power".
||His Majestys secondary education was at the
Eco1e~Nouvelle de la Suisse Romande Chailly sur Lausanne followed by a Bachelor de Letres
diploma from the Gymnasa Classique Cantonal of Lausanne. He planned to continue his
education in science and engineering at Lausanne University. The tragic death of his older
brother; H M King Ananda Mahidol (Rama VIII), and his own succession to the throne at 18
years of age brought about the abrupt changes of study in Political Science and Law.
|Early in 1950, his Majesty returned to Thailand for his
marriage to Mom Rajawongse Sirikit Kitiyakara on the 28th of April l950 and had his
Coronation on May 5th. Their Majesties the King and Queen have four children:
H R H Princess Ubol Ratana born on 5th April 1951.
2. H R H Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, born on 28th July 1952.
3. H R H Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, born on 2nd April 1955.
4. H R H princess Chulaphorn, born on 4th July 1957.
All the princes and princesses have completed their early education in Bangkok
at the Royal Chitrlada School and continued their studies at different
institutes either in Thailand abroad. They are now playing very active rolls in assisting
Their Majesties in various projects.
For over fifty years, His Majesty King Bhumibol has reigned for
the great benefit of the Thai people. Resplendent, whether in his dress uniform, in a
business suit, or dressed casually when in the rural areas. He has visited every single
province of Thailand, no matter how inaccessible. Seeing the poverty of his people, His
Majesty has initiated several projects for their welfare and has involved himself directly
with their problems. Among his well-known initiatives are the Hilltribes projects helping
the Thai farmer produce more efficiently.
Her Majesty Queen Sirikit was born on the
l2th of August l932 and was predicted by an astrologer that she would one day be Queen.
Her Majesty's early education was first in Bangkok at Raijini School and later at St
Francis Xavier Convent School. After World War 2 she went to Europe with her father who
was posted as Ambassador to England and France. It was in Europe where Her Majesty met H M
King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
|From the time she became Queen, Her Majesty Queen Sirikit has
closely supported the King's projects and espoused the cause of Thai women. For more than
forty years Her Majesty has worked tirelessly to improve their lot, in providing the
opportunity to earn extra money and also given them pride in producing almost forgotten
handicrafts. Her Majesty's projects also cover the conservation of water resources,
environments and the replanting of denuded forests. Her Majesty also cares for the
conservation of wildlife, herbs and rare exotic plants. Because of her dedication, she has
received many awards from all over the world. She became the first woman to receive the
Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation Award in 1995 for recognition of Her
Majesty's more than four decades of work on behalf of Thai rural poor and her unceasing
efforts in the fields of conservation and environment.
have taught the Royal children and grand children to work hard for the benefit of the
country and its people. No doubt that the Thai Royal family is one of the hardest working
in the world as shown by their numerous achievements and many awards from countries around