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Late Thai King Cremated in Elaborate Ceremony

  October 27, 2017 at 4:42 am by

The cremation of King Bhumibol Adulyadej -known as King Rama IX after his death-  of Thailand took place yesterday in Bangkok. The lavish 5-day ceremony lasted for several hours and was attended by royals from all over the world. The ceremonies will continue until Sunday. Today the ashes of the late king and the relics will be removed and transferred to the Dusit Maha Phasat Throne Hall of the Grand … Continue reading

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Guestlist for the Cremation Ceremony of King Rama IX

  October 26, 2017 at 2:29 am by

The cremation ceremony of king Rama IX of Thailand will be attended by members of 16 royal families. The royal guests started to arrive yesterday. Sixteen royal houses will be represented. The foreign royal guestlist is as follows: Belgium: Queen Mathilde Bahrein: Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa  (Prime Minister of Bahrain) Bhutan: King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wanchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema Denmark: Crown Prince Frederik Japan: Prince and Princess … Continue reading

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Cremation Ceremony of King Rama IX Has Started

  October 26, 2017 at 2:06 am by

The cremation ceremony of King Rama IX have started in Thailand. The urn of the late king Bhumibol Adulyadej, 9th monarch of the Chakri dynasty, is transported to the crematorium at the Sanam Luang Royal Plaza in a solemn procession that lasts for several hours and is broadcasted live on television. The cremation is planned for 10PM local time. The ceremonies will continue until the 29th of October and will cost … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: King Bhumibol and the King of Swing

  July 7, 2017 at 3:00 am by

July 7, 1960: During an official tour of the United States, 32-year-old King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand visited New York, where he was invited by the ‘King of Swing’, jazz clarinetist Benny Goodman to join him for a ‘jam’. The King was an accomplished saxophonist, and wrote 49 compositions during his lifetime.

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Thai Princess Chulabhorn Turns Sixty

  July 4, 2017 at 4:00 am by

Princess Chulabhorn of Thailand, the youngest sister of the current King, today celebrates her sixtieth birthday. The Princess was born in Bangkok on this day in 1957 as the youngest child and third daughter of the late King Bhumibol Addulyadej and Queen Sirikit. She was married in 1981 to Virayudh Tishyasarin, with whom she had two daughters – Princesses Siribhachudabhorn and Aditayadornkitikhun – before divorcing. She studied chemistry at university, and received a Philosophy … Continue reading

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King of Thailand ‘Fired Upon’ With Rubber Pellets By German Teens

  June 21, 2017 at 10:44 am by

While out cycling in Bavaria two weeks ago, King Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand and his entourage were ‘fired upon’ with rubber pellets from an airsoft gun by two teenagers, a spokesperson for the prosecution office in Landshut said on Tuesday. The two boys – aged 14 and 13 – were in a garden along a street in Erding, Bavaria when they shot the bullets at a passing group of cyclists, as well … Continue reading

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Video of Crop-Top Wearing King Maha Vajiralongkorn Could Shut Down Facebook Thailand

  May 16, 2017 at 7:46 am by

A ten-month-old video of King Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand in a pair of jeans and a yellow crop-top, a number of fake tattoos visible, reportedly walking through a German shopping centre has led to somewhat of a standoff between Thai officials and Facebook after the video went viral this month on the Thai arm of the social media giant. The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) had threatened to sue Facebook Thailand … Continue reading

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New Photos of Prince Dipangkorn Rasmijoti To Celebrate 12th Birthday

  April 30, 2017 at 6:42 am by

A series of new photographs of Prince Dipangkorn Rasmijoti, the youngest son of King Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand, has been released by the King to mark the Prince’s twelfth birthday. They show the Prince partaking in a number of different sports alongside his father. Prince Dipangkorn Rasmijoti was born on April 29, 2005 at the Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok, the only child of the-then Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn and his … Continue reading

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Cremation of King Bhumibol Adulyadej Set For October 26

  April 20, 2017 at 7:57 am by

The cremation and funeral rites of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand will take place on October 26, a Thai government official has confirmed. Five days of funeral rites will take place around the cremation date, in accordance with Thai royal tradition. The cremation will take place a little over a year after the late King’s death. The funeral pyre that will be used in the ceremony has been under construction for … Continue reading

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King Maha Vajiralongkorn Signs New Constitution

  April 6, 2017 at 11:50 am by

In an elaborate ceremony in the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall on Thursday, King Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand signed the 20th Thai Constitution. The new constitution sets into motion general elections to be held no later than October 2018, but also strengthens the political influence of the military as the constitution states that future governments must “follow the military’s 20-year development plan”. An August 2016 referendum gave approval to the new constitution, … Continue reading

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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko Pay Their Respects To Late Thai King

  March 5, 2017 at 7:52 pm by

After completing their official visit to Vietnam, the Emperor and Empress of Japan have paid a short visit to Thailand, to pay their respects to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko laid a wreath of flowers at the late King’s altar in the Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall at the Grand Palace in Bangkok on Sunday, before signing the official condolence book. The late King and the Japanese … Continue reading

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Japan’s Emperor and Empress To Visit Vietnam and Thailand

  January 20, 2017 at 6:32 am by

The Emperor and Empress of Japan will be making their first official visit to Vietnam at the end of February, the Japanese Government has announced today. It is expected they will meet with top members of Vietnam’s Government, including President Trần Đại Quang, during the five-day visit, as well visit the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh. On March 5, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will stop in Thailand before returning to Japan the … Continue reading

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Thai Royal Chariot Sent For Repairs In Preparation For Royal Cremation

  January 9, 2017 at 9:58 pm by

The Royal Chariot that will be used in the cremation ceremony of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand has been removed from the Bangkok National Museum, with pieces of the vehicle being sent to the Traditional Arts Office in Nakhon Pathom for repair work. Built in 1795, the chariot – called Maha Phichai Ratcharot – carries the urn of deceased members of the royal family during the cremation ceremony. It is … Continue reading

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Thailand Has A New King After Crown Prince Accepts Throne

  December 1, 2016 at 9:40 pm by

Thai Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn became the King of Thailand this evening during a televised ceremony at the Dusit Palace in Bangkok. “I accept the invitation to be king and to fulfil the royal intentions of the late King for the benefit and happiness of all Thais,” Maha Vajiralongkorn said during the ceremony which was attended by the National Legislative Assembly, who earlier this week officially invited the Prince to succeed … Continue reading

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Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn Officially Invited To Become King

  November 28, 2016 at 11:31 am by

During a meeting this morning, Thailand’s National Legislative Assembly has agreed to formally invite Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, heir to the Thai throne, to become the country’s King. The President of the NLA, Pornpetch Wichitcholchai, confirmed the news during the televised meeting, saying “I will invite Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn to ascend the throne and become the new King for all Thai people… All members (of the National Legislative Assembly), on this auspicious occasion, I … Continue reading

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Crown Princess Margareta Visits Thai Embassy

  October 29, 2016 at 3:37 pm by

Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Margareta alongside her husband, Prince Radu, has visited the Embassy of the Kingdom of Thailand in Bucharest to pay her respects to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died earlier this month. Before a portrait of the King, Their Royal Highnesses laid a bouquet of yellow flowers – the colour of the Royal Family of Thailand – before signing a book of condolence in which they … Continue reading

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King of Bhutan Pays His Respects To The Late King Bhumibol

  October 16, 2016 at 7:04 am by

King Jigme Khesar of Bhutan arrived in Bangkok last night with his wife, Queen Jetsun Pema, and their eight-month-old son Prince Jigme Namgyel to pay their respects to the late Thai King, Bhumibol Adulyadej. They were greeted at the Suvarnabhumi Airport by the Deputy Prime Minister, Somkid Jatusripitak. This morning, King Jigme Khesar and Queen Jetsun Pema prayed at King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s royal urn in the Grand Palace. They also signed the book … Continue reading

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Body of King Bhumibol Returns To The Grand Palace Ahead of Traditional Bathing Ceremony

  October 14, 2016 at 9:13 pm by

As thousands of people lined the streets of Bangkok, the body of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej was taken from the Siriraj Hospital to the Grand Palace ahead of the traditional bathing ceremony which forms part of Buddhist funeral rites. The convoy following the late King’s casket included Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, and Queen Sirikit, who has not been seen in public for over a year. In the evening, the … Continue reading

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Sorrow of a King

  October 13, 2016 at 6:58 pm by

King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck of Bhutan has lead his nation in sorrow following the death of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand.  His majesty lit one thousand butter lamps and offered prayers alongside other members of the Bhutanese Royal Family, Government officials and members of the Thai community in Bhutan.  The solemn and moving event took place inside the Tashichhodzong (governmental palace) in Bhutan’s capital, Thimpu. His Majesty has … Continue reading

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Obituary: King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand

  October 13, 2016 at 9:15 am by

The world’s longest reigning monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand was revered in his people, described by members of the public as ‘the heart of the country’. He has been a constant figure throughout decades of political instability and divisions, viewed as a unifying force. Born on December 5, 1927 in Cambridge, Massachusetts – the only monarch to be born on United States soil – Bhumibol Adulydaej was the youngest child … Continue reading

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