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Thai King takes personal control of two key military units

Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn, also called King Rama X, has taken personal control of two key military units via a royal decree which took effect on Tuesday. These two units (Bangkok-based 1st and 11th Infantry Regiments) are now under the direct command of the palace (Royal Security Command). They will now report directly to the King and his wife, Queen Suthida, the latter of whom…
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Rama X names first Royal consort in almost a century

King Rama X has bestowed the title of Royal Noble Consort – the formal title for the chief concubine – on one of his major-generals. This was the first this title has been bestowed since Thailand ceased to have an absolute monarchy. Chao Khun Phra Prayoon Wong…
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Thai Royal Family now exempt from paying tax on their property

A new law was issued yesterday, King Maha Vajiralongkorn (or King Rama X)’s 67th birthday, that makes the King and Thai Royal Family exempt from paying tax on any of their land or property. The information was published in the Royal Gazette. The land exempt from taxes will be those “used in state affairs, royal affairs, or used by agencies under the King,” government documents…
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King of Thailand approves new government

Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn, or Rama X, has approved a new civilian cabinet of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, the Royal Gazette announced in Thailand on Wednesday. The March election was hotly contested as it was the first election in the country since the…
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An overview of the Thai laws of succession

Succession to a dynastic throne has always been a perplexing and gender-specific affair when it comes to hereditary monarchies. For centuries dating back to the era of the ancient world, male-preference primogeniture has always been the overriding choice for establishing who…
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King of Thailand bestows new titles on family members

The King of Thailand, Maha Vajiralongkorn, has bestowed new titles on his family members as part of the events following his coronation. His Majesty gave new titles to various family members including his mother, Queen Sirikit, who he gave the title of ‘Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, the Queen Mother.’ The King’s 14-year-old son and heir, Prince Dipangkorn Rasmijoti, was bestowed the…
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BREAKING: King of Thailand crowned

Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun has finally been crowned – over two years after ascending the throne upon the death of his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej (or Rama IX). The coronation was aired live on all Thai channels in both English…
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Who is King Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand?

Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun was born to King Bhumibol Adulyadej (or King Rama IX) and Queen Sirikit on 28 July 1952 at 17.45 in Amphorn Sathan Residential Hall in Bangkok, Thailand. He has one older sister, Princess Ubol Ratana (b. 1951) and two younger…
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Rituals begin for coronation of King of Thailand

Sacred rituals for the coronation of the King of Thailand began on Saturday with senior officials collecting water in different ceremonies from 100 various water sources across the country’s 76 provinces. The collection was televised on all Thai channels. The water will be used for in purification rites. This water, stored in traditional vases, will be used for the ablution of the…
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