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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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Thailand's Queen Mother back in hospital

Thailand’s Queen Mother, Sirkit, 86, is back in the hospital, this time with a respiratory infection. She was admitted on Sunday to the Chulalongkorn Hospital in Bangkok after developing a persistent cough and fever. The Royal Household Bureau made the announcement on…
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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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Princess Soamsawali named UNAids Goodwill Ambassador for HIV Prevention

Thailand’s Princess Soamsawali, 61, has been named a UNAids Goodwill Ambassador for HIV Prevention in Asia and the Pacific. An appointment ceremony was held at Bangkok’s King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital on Saturday, 22 June. Shannon Hader, UNAids Deputy Executive Director of Programme and Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations, said, “I would like to recognise all…
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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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Thailand celebrates new Queen's birthday

Thailand’s new Queen Suthida was widely celebrated yesterday in the kingdom with various events. Alms were given to hundreds of Buddhist monks by government officials – including Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha – in the capital of Bangkok near the Royal…
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Queen Mother of Thailand released from hospital

Thailand’s Queen Mother has been released from hospital and has returned home to Chitralada Royal Villa, located within the grounds of Dusit Palace,according to the Royal Household Bureau on Tuesday. Queen Sirikit, 86, had recently been suffering from a cystitis infection (also called a urinary tractinfection or UTI) and was admitted to Chulalongkorn Hospital in Bangkok. The…
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Official images released of Queen of Thailand

The Royal Household Bureau of Thailand has released several images of the new Queen of Thailand, Suthida. There are 20 images total showing Her Majesty in varying outfits from military uniforms to formal wear. They announced that the public and government agencies are…
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Thai Queen's birthday now a holiday in Thailand

Thailand’s new queen consort, Queen Suthida, will now have her birthday celebrated as a national holiday. The Thai government declared on Tuesday, 14 May that Her Majesty’s birthday, 3 June will, from now on, be publicly celebrated as a national holiday. It was…
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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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