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Royal Olympians: Prince Bira of Siam

Unknown to many today, Prince Bira of Siam was an Olympian who represented Siam (now called Thailand) in sailing. Bira’s full title was Prince Birabongse Bhanudej Bhanubandh, and he was the son of Prince Bhanurangsi Savangwongse and grandson of King King Mongkut – the King famous from The King and I. His uncle was King Chulalongkorn. Prince Bira competed in four Summer Olympic…
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Questions on whereabouts of Thai queen

There are questions on the whereabouts of Thailand’s Queen Suthida who hasn’t been seen in person since 28 December. The King, Rama X, has been seen with his concubine, Royal Noble Consort Sineenat since that time. After people began questioning the…
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Popular Thai politician charged with defaming monarchy over Facebook Live comments

On Wednesday, the Thai government filed a formal lèse-majesté complaint against prominent billionaire opposition leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit. Thanathorn, the founder of the progressive Future Forward Party, had criticised the slow rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine. Thanathorn’s family owns the Thai Summit Group, the largest auto parts manufacturer in Thailand. The complaint…
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Thai princess in hospital

Thailand’s Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn is in the hospital after injuring her ankle in a fall on Monday. The Royal Household Bureau made the announcement on Monday saying the 65-year-old tripped and fell during a morning walk. The younger sister of King Rama X…
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King of Thailand releases New Year card

The King of Thailand has released a New Year card to the Thai people to coincide with his New Year speech that he gave as 2021 began. The card features a photo that was released of King Maha Vajiralongkorn and Queen Suthida ahead of his coronation in May 2019. Both the…
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United Nations urges Thailand to change law which criminalises insulting the royals

In Thailand, people can be sentenced from three to 15 years for insulting or defaming the Thai king, queen, heirs or regent. Now the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has asked the Thai government to change the law. Known as lese majeste law, it has been implemented on 35 people, the youngest being 16 years of age, in recent weeks. Protests in Thailand…
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The time Lucille Ball met the King of Siam

Lucille Ball is my favourite actress of all time, and show, I Love Lucy is one I can watch all day (I know that at 27 it is surprising to have my favourite actress and television show from four decades before I was born). So, when I watched an interview with her and Vivian Vance from 1975, Vivian Vance told a story about their encounter with the King of “Siam” (Thailand) – and I…
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