Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej
Updated on 15.05.2012 [ ๑๕. ๐๕. ๒๕๕๕ ]
Of the people greatly admired monarch Rama IX.
He is the longest serving monarch in the world and is revered by his people
as a wise father of the nation. The Thai King has experienced in his 60 years on the throne 17 coups -
He is just 18 years old, as is the American-born Bhumibol Adulyadej appointed entirely
surprising for the ninth king of Thailand's Chakri dynasty. His older brother, Prince Ananda Mahidol,
who had initially taken up the proper succession to the throne comes, died under mysterious
circumstances: He is in the early morning of the 9th June 1946 found with a fatal gunshot wound in his
bed. To this day, the events at that time in the king's palace are not clarified. Official sources
say - if anything - only the "sudden and unexpected accidental death" Ananda.
Royal barge for the throne jubilee
The study in Switzerland
Although Bhumibol on the same day assumes
the official succession to the throne, it will take another four years, until 1950, he is actually
crowned King of Thailand. On Friday the 09.06.2006, marked the 60th Time the Jubilee of Bhumibol. During
that time, an uncle takes up office, including Bhumibol be begun in Switzerland, studied political
science and law at first. During this time he also met his future wife Sirikit.
1950 returns King Bhumibol Rama IX to his homeland. The wedding with Sirikit and
shortly afterwards coronation celebrations on 5th May 1950 make headlines worldwide. Quick is the young,
good-looking man the darling of the international gossip magazines, who allegedly loves fast cars and
Jazz performances with Armstrong, Ellington and Goodman
But the tabloid press is disappointed with the young monarch: Although he is a passionate sailor,
photographer and jazz fan - occurs even himself as a saxophonist with jazz greats such as
Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman - he takes his role as a royal leader from the start,
The majority of the year Bhumibol spends his country to travel and go to countless
development and social projects to life. As a recognized expert in irrigation forms he cares for the
construction of irrigation facilities, he also cares for the environment, advocates for better health
care, thereby gaining a reputation as the highest development worker in Thailand.
Shelter for dissidents in the royal palace
Although the Thai constitution, the powers of the king severely limits Bhumibol discourages in times
of crisis and not shy away from political interference: In the 1970s, he granted dissidents in his
royal palace shelter from persecution by violent military. In the early 1990s he forces after the
bloody suppression of protests in a televised audience, the people responsible for public genuflection
- and therefore to resign.
His latest coup took place just weeks before the throne jubilee: After the
parliamentary elections boycotted by the opposition in April 2006, the controversial Prime Minister
Thaksin Shinawatra announced to the king, in an audience, to resign. Thaksin well founded his step
so that the country needed to be united before the upcoming 60-year anniversary of the
king's throne jubilee.
Hüter der thailändischen Demokratie
Here, the Thai people are united on this issue for a long time: King Bhumibol remains the leading figure
in the country hold giving, which in the past 60 years 16 constitutions, experienced 17 coups and
24 prime ministers. And his subjects know that Bhumibol, even if he is out of the current
political standing aside, always intervenes when Thailand's democracy is in grave danger.
Loved and revered Bhumibol is mainly because of its closeness to the people he
represents, until recently, not only by his regular trips to the remotest corners of the country to
demonstrate, but also by its now over two thousand social projects, which show that he welfare and
because his subjects are a real concern.