Category Archives: Thai Royals

Thai Crown Prince Divorces Third Wife

  December 13, 2014 at 10:28 pm by

The Thai Royal Court confirmed that the Crown Prince, Maha Vajiralongkorn, and his third wife Srirasmi have ended their 13 year marriage. “The King has granted permission to announce that Princess Srirasmi, the wife of Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, has informed in a written document that she has resigned from her royal status,” an official statement from the Palace announced yesterday in the Royal Thai Government Gazette. Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn and the … Continue reading

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Thai Royal In-Laws Stripped Of Royally-Bestowed Name

  November 30, 2014 at 8:19 am by

The Crown Prince of Thailand, Maha Vajiralongkorn, has officially stripped his wife’s family of the royally-bestowed name that he gave them upon their marriage. Princess Srirasmi’s family members have been using the surname Akharaphongpreecha, but have been ordered to revert “back to their old family name”, an official statement from the Thai court said. The move comes after seven of the Princess’ close relatives, including four siblings and an uncle, were arrested … Continue reading

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King of Thailand Has Gallbladder Removed

  October 6, 2014 at 10:13 pm by

The King of Thailand has had successful gallbladder removal surgery and is in a stable post-operative condition, the Thai Royal Court confirmed today. “This morning his general health conditions have improved. His heart rate has lowered, his blood pressure is normal and his body temperature has lowered,” the statement read, in reference to the reasons stated for his admittance to the Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok on Friday: fever and irregular blood … Continue reading

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King Bhumibol To Leave Hospital

  July 31, 2013 at 7:02 am by

A government official in Thailand said on Wednesday that 85-year-old King Bhumibol Adulyadej is to leave hospital. The Thai King has been in hospital for about four years. “We have been told by the Royal Household Bureau that His Majesty King Bhumibol will leave Siriraj Hospital on Thursday and return to Hua Hin to reside,” Weera Sriwathanatrakool, Governor of Prachuap Khiri Khan province, told Reuters. The King was admitted to … Continue reading

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Queen Sirikit Celebrates 80th Birthday

  August 12, 2012 at 12:01 pm by

Queen Sirikit of Thailand, née Mom Rajawongse Sirikit Kitiyakara, celebrates her 80th birthday today, 12 August. The Queen was born as the oldest daughter and third child of Prince Nakkhatra Mangkala Kitiyakara, Prince of Chanthaburi, and Mom Luang Bua Sanidvongs. Her siblings are the late Mom Rajawongse Galyanakit Kitiyakara, Mom Rajawongse Adulyakit Kitiyakara and Mom Rajawongse Busba Kitiyakara. On 28 April 1950, the Queen married King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand. The … Continue reading

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Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn Celebrates 60th Birthday

  July 28, 2012 at 12:01 pm by

Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand celebrates his 60th birthday today, 28 July 2012. The Crown Prince is the second child and only son of the King and Queen of Thailand. Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn has an older sister, Princess Ubolratana rajakanya, and 2 younger sisters, Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and Princess Chulabhorn Walailak. HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand married first HRH Princess Soamsavali Kitiyakara of Thailand. They have 1 … Continue reading

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Royalty and the Olympics: Competitors

  July 27, 2012 at 9:36 am by

There is just over six hours to go until the Opening Ceremony of the Games of the XXX Olympiad! Our third and final blog entry focusing on combined royal and Olympic history showcases royals who have themselves competed in an Olympic Games. Prince Friedrich Karl of Prussia, Stockholm 1912 Prince Friedrich Karl competed for the German team in the team jumping event, winning a bronze medal for his efforts. Grand … Continue reading

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Prince Naruhito Begins Visit to Thailand

  June 25, 2012 at 11:49 pm by

Japan’s Crown Prince Naruhito has begun an official visit to Thailand today, arriving in Bangkok this morning. Upon his arrival, the Crown Prince inspected an honour guard. The Prince was officially welcomed at Government House by the country’s Prime Minister, Ms Yingluck Shinawatra. The national anthems of Japan and Thailand were played at the ceremony, which, due to unfortunate weather, had to take place under umbrellas to protect the duo … Continue reading

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Thais Celebrate King’s 84th Birthday

  December 5, 2011 at 11:09 pm by

HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand celebrated his eighty-forth birthday today, appearing on the balcony of the Grand Palace in Bangkok. The King was joined on the balcony by his wife, HM Queen Sirikit, his eldest son, HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, and two youngest daughters, TRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and Princess Chulabhorn. Other members of the Royal Family, including the Crown Prince’s young son, were also present for … Continue reading

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King Bhumibol Steps Out

  October 25, 2009 at 7:49 pm by

HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who has been hospitalised for a month in Bangkok, made a surprise public appearance on Friday in the garden of the Siriraj Hospital where he is being treated. The King was wheeled down from his suite in an electric wheelchair, and raised his arm in response to greetings on the way down and in the garden. He appeared no worse than he has in the past, … Continue reading

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As King’s Health Remains Guarded, Thai People Fear Chaos

  October 17, 2009 at 8:11 pm by

HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej has been in hospital for almost a month, and angst has hit the Thai people as they fear what will occur if the King passes. King Bhumibol’s health has been a closely guarded secret since his admitance to Bangkok’s Siriraj Hospital on September 19th, with palace officials disclosing little apart from releasing vague bulletins stating the King’s health is improving and that his recovery is successful, … Continue reading

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Thai People Celebrate Queen’s 77th Birthday

  August 12, 2009 at 6:11 am by

The world’s longest serving consort of a monarch, HM Queen Sirikit of Thailand, celebrates her 77th birthday today. Several festivels will today will mark the Queen’s Birthday throughout Phuket. A mothers and daughters fashion show entitled ‘My mom is beautiful’, candle-lighting ceremony later this evening and Phuket Rajabhat University will host a variety of activities. August 12 is also marked as Mother’s Day in Thailand.

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The Richest Royals

  June 23, 2009 at 10:15 pm by

Forbes has recently released their annual list of the world’s 15 richest royals. Emphasised in the article was the impact of the credit crunch, real estate values plumeting and stock market difficulties with Forbes stating all in all the global recession has led to the royals listed loosing a total of $22 billion, 17% of the total wealth listed last year. More specifically, they state that whilst two of the … Continue reading

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Thai King checks into hospital for check-ups

  March 12, 2009 at 12:27 pm by

Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej has checked into Bangkok’s Siriraj Hospital for a few check-up which is scheduled to start today Thursday, said a hospital official. The official did not say how long the 81-year-old king will stay in hospital. The King checked into hospital late Wednesday. He was accompanied by Queen Sirikit and a few members of the royal family. “This is a personal visit by His Majesty to the … Continue reading

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State visit to Thailand from Malaysia

  February 27, 2009 at 12:18 pm by

Starting March 9th to the 12th, Malaysian King Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin will start a state visit to Thailand the spokesman of the Thai Foreign Ministry said Friday. Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya assured the Malaysians that Thailand has been fully prepared to receive the King of Malaysia during the state visit, a spokesman of the Thai Foreign Ministry said.

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Australian Journalist Pardoned in Thailand

  February 21, 2009 at 10:41 pm by

The Australian journalist Harry Nicolaides, who was imprisoned last August and convicted last month under the strict lèse majesté laws in Thailand, has been pardoned by King Bhumibol according to his family. As mentioned in this blog entry, a pardon seemed likely once Nicolaides’ appeal of his sentence received the support of the Corrections Department. However, it was still possible that it would take several months for the appeal to … Continue reading

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Pardon Likely for Australian Journalist Imprisoned for Insulting Thai Monarchy

  February 17, 2009 at 1:35 pm by

Australian novelist Harry Nicolaides has been recommended for a royal pardon after being convicted in January under Thailand’s notorious lèse majesté laws. Nicolaides was sentenced to three years in prison on 19 January for allegedly insulting the Thai monarchy in a 2005 self-published novel, Verisimilitude, in which a fictional crown prince was mentioned. Thailand has lèse majesté laws which place strict limits on what may be said about the king … Continue reading

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