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Celebrate King Rama X this Weekend

20 July 2018

Every year in Thailand, we celebrate the birthday of his majesty, the King of Thailand.

This year, his majesty’s birthday celebrations fall on July 27 and they are part of a long weekend of holidays. King Rama X has been ruling Thailand since the passing of his father, King Rama IX. Let us learn more about Thailand’s ruler before we celebrate his birthday.

King Maha Vajiralongkorn was born on July 28, 1952 at the Amphorn Sathan Residential Hall of the Dusit Palace in Bangkok. King Vajiralongkorn was the second of the four children of King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit. The King, who was the Prince back then, went to school in Dusit Palace. He completed his Mathayom 1 (Grade 7) and finished his primary education in The United Kingdom at King’s Mead School, Seaford, Sussex and then Millfield School, Somerset, where he completed his secondary education.

On December 28, 1972, Prince Vajiralongkorn was proclaimed the Crown Prince of Thailand by his father, King Bhumibol. A ceremony was held at Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall, he was awarded the title, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn; he became the third crown prince of the Chakri Dynasty.

From 1972 to 1976, he attended the Royal Military College in Duntroon, Canberra, Australia. The education was divided into two parts, he received military training from the Australian Army and a bachelor’s degree in from the University of New South Wales. He graduated as a lieutenant with a liberal arts degree. King Vajiralongkorn also completed a second bachelor’s degree in law at Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University.

Through the mid-70s and beyond, King Vajiralongkorn took up public duties and appearances as a representative of King Bhumibol. He toured provinces and attended functions and ceremonies on behalf of his father. King Vajiralongkorn continued to serve with the Royal Thai Armed Forces through this time.

King Vajiralongkorn has always maintained a great relationship with the armed forces of Thailand. After completing his studies, he served as an officer in the Royal Thai Army. He kept studying about warfare and strategy and constantly worked at becoming a better officer and soldier.

In 1977, King Vajiralongkorn trained with US, British and Australian armed services. He studied unconventional warfare and advanced navigation. He also qualified for his fixed-wing and helicopter pilot license. In 1978, He became the head of the King’s Guard Battalion.

In a Buddhist man’s life, he must spend some time as a Buddhist monk and King Vajiralongkorn did just that. He was ordained as a monk in November 1978 at Wat Phra Sri Rattana Satsadaram (The Temple of the Emerald Buddha).

King Vajiralongkorn has always been a multi-faceted leader that has found his own way to contribute to the people of Thailand. In 1977, King Vajiralongkorn founded the “Crown Prince Hospitals”. There are 21 Crown Prince Hospitals all over Thailand in remote areas, which have been funded by donations from the public. The Crown Prince Hospitals are now a major part of the infrastructure in these places.

The King has always been interested in improving the level of education in Thailand and he has also played a huge role in promoting agricultural technology but his other great passion is cycling. In 2015, King Vajiralongkorn made two high-profile public appearances to promote cycling and exercise across the country. He held two events Bike for Mom and Bike for Dad, which were on his mother and father’s birthday respectively. King Vajiralongkorn cycled in honour of his parents and encouraged Thais across the country to take up cycling.

The King will be crowned in the near future with a coronation ceremony but for now, he is already recognized as the King of Thailand, beloved by his people and respected by all. Celebrate the King’s birthday this weekend at Holiday Inn Resort Phuket, we have special offers running all through this month for you to choose from.


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