Vajiralongkorn Biography

King Vajiralongkorn, also known as Rama X, is the current monarch of Thailand. He became Crown Prince at the age of twenty and has since dedicated himself to improving the country through various initiatives. With a background in education and military service, he has worked to enhance healthcare, agriculture, and education in Thailand. Upon ascending the throne, he implemented changes and revived traditional practices to strengthen his position. Although his official coronation occurred three years later, he has recently faced criticism for spending more time in Germany than in Thailand, causing discontent among the people.

Quick Facts

  • Also Known As: Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun
  • Age: 71 Years, 71 Year Old Males
  • Family:
    • Spouse/Ex-: Suthida, Soamsawali (1977–1991), Srirasmi Suwadee (2001–2014), Sujarinee Vivacharawongse (1994–1996)
    • Father: Bhumibol Adulyade
    • Mother: Sirikit Kitiyakara
    • Siblings: Princess Chulabhorn, Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, Princess Ubol Ratanach
    • Children: Bajrakitiyabha, Chakriwat Vivacharawongse, Dipangkorn Rasmijoti, Juthavachara Vivacharawongse, Sirivannavari, Vacharaesorn Vivacharawongse, Vatcharawee Vivacharawongse
  • Born Country: Thailand
  • Height: 1.7 m
  • Notable Alumni: Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University, Royal Military College, Duntroon, Command And General Staff College
  • Education: Command And General Staff College, Royal Military College, Duntroon, University Of New South Wales, The King’s School, Parramatta, Millfield School, Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University

Childhood & Early Life

Vajiralongkorn was born on 28 July 1952, in the Dusit Palace in Bangkok, Thailand. His father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, was the ninth monarch of Thailand from the Chakri dynasty while his mother, Qioeen Sirikit, was the daughter of a Thai diplomat. He has three sisters; Princess Ubol Ratana, Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhornm, and Princess Chulabhorn. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhornm was given the title “Siam Boromrajakumari” (Princess Royal of Siam) since his eldest sister, Princess Ubol Ratana, married a foreigner.

Vajiralongkorn began his education in 1956 at the Chitralada School in Dusit Palace. At the age of thirteen, he was sent to England for his education. He first enrolled at King’s Mead School in Seaford, Sussex before being transferred to Millfield School, Somerset. After graduating from Millfield School in July 1970, he moved to Australia to seek admission at the Royal Military College, Canberra. However, he was refused entry due to his poor grades. He then enrolled at The King’s School, Sydney, where he underwent a military training course. He repeated the final year of high school at The King’s School in 1971 and entered the Royal Military College in 1972.

As Crown Prince

In 1977, Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn returned home to join the Directorate of Army Intelligence and attended the Command and General Staff College. He also took up royal duties, traveling throughout the country as a representative of the King and establishing Crown Prince Hospitals in remote areas. He showed interest in agriculture and education, extending his patronage to the Mobile Agricultural Clinic Project and supporting teacher training programs. He continued to upgrade his military qualifications and earned an Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) in 2004.

Reign

After the passing of King Bhumibol Adulyadej in October 2016, Vajiralongkorn was invited to ascend the throne. He took time before being formally proclaimed as the new King to consolidate his position. In early 2017, he asked for changes in the constitution to enable him to interfere in state matters in case of political deadlock. He was granted control over state agencies overseeing royal affairs and security and the power to appoint the top monk. He also took control of the Crown Property Bureau and shuffled the board of the palace’s Royal Project Foundation. In May 2019, Vajiralongkorn ascended the throne as the 10th king of the dynasty.

Personal Life & Legacy

Vajiralongkorn has been married multiple times. He married his first cousin, Princess Soamsawali Kitiyakara, in 1977, and they had one daughter before divorcing in 1993. He then lived with actress Yuvadhida Polpraserth and had five children with her. They married in 1994 and divorced in 1996. He married Srirasmi Suwadee in 2001, and they had a son before their marriage ended in 2014. On May 1, 2019, Vajiralongkorn married his fourth wife, Suthida Tidjai. He also bestowed the title of “Chao Khun Phra” or Royal Noble Consort to Major General Niramon Ounprom in 2019.

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