Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) was
born on December 5, 1927. He succeeded his elder brother
as King on June 9, 1946. On April 28, 1950 King Bhumibol
Adulyadej was married to Mom Rajawongse Sirikit Kitiyakara,
a great-granddaughter of and the following week, on May 5, 1950,
was crowned as King and his wife was installed as Queen in
a glittering ceremony in the Grand Palace.
Majesties have four children, the former Princess Ubol
Ratana Rajakanya, Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn,
Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and Princess Chulabhorn
Valayalaksana. During his reign King Bhumibol Adulyadej
has made numerous state visits abroad as well as having
received many Heads of State in .
his reign has advanced, the growing reverence of the Thai
people for their sovereign has become ever more apparent
and on May 5, 1987, to mark his forthcoming 60th birthday,
King Bhumibol Adulyadej was proclaimed "the Great"
by His Excellency the Prime Minister of Thailand. On July
2, 1988 King Bhumibol Adulyadej will celebrate his record
reign -- the day on which he has reigned longer than any
of his predecessors.