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King Rama V of Siam's visit to Norway in 1907

His Majesty King Rama V of Siam, present-day Thailand, also called King Chulalongkorn, was born in 1853 and died in 1910. As a fifteen-year-old, Chulalongkorn ascended the Siamese throne, but because of his young age, his uncle acted as his guardian. During his five years of custody, he was educated by an English governor, Anna Leonowens, in literary history, language and art. He was King of…
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King of Thailand rents entire hotel in Germany for his harem

King Maha Vajiralongkorn spends most of his time in Germany already – having a $12m mansion at Lake Starnberg, but he too faces the challenges of the coronavirus. However, being a King comes with some perks. Despite all hotels having to close due to the crisis, the Grand Hotel Sonnenbichl has applied for and received a special permit to remain open so that the Thai King could rent out all…
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A look back at the Thai royal year

Today, we conclude another year and a decade. So, we are taking a look back at the Thai royal year that surrounded the crowning and other coronation ceremonies of King Rama X. January: King of Thailand issues decree for new election, first since 2014 February: Princess Soamsawali suffers brain haemorrhage Princess Chulabhorn admitted to hospital Picture by Andrew Parsons /…
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King and Queen of Thailand meet the Pope

Pope Francis met with Thailand’s King Maha VajiralongKorn, Queen Suthida and the Buddhist leader, Patriarch Somdej Phra Maha Muneewong on Thursday. Pope Francis was greeted at the Palace entrance by the King and Queen. They shook hands, engaged gifts and had a…
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"Unity" boot camp-style courses created by Thai monarch

Thailand has thousands of civil servants, police and teachers being sent to a military camp for intensive community service training, as well as loyalty to the Thai monarchy, according to Reuters citing Royal Palace officials, trainees and organisers. Theerapat Prayurasiddhi, the permanent secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office, coordinates the programme. These courses were initiated last…
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