Thai king Adulyadej, World’s longest reigning monarch dies

Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej has died aged 88, ending seven decades on the throne during which he became a unifying father figure and rare source of stability in a country that has weathered more than a dozen coups since he came to power in 1946 aged just 18.

  • A statement from the royal household bureau said Bhumibol, who was the world’s longest-reigning monarch, “passed away peacefully” at Siriraj hospital in Bangkok.
  • Most Thais have only known King Bhumibol on the throne and his influence has superseded that of bickering politicians since the closing days of the Second World War.


  • Bhumibol Adulyadej  (5 December 1927 – 13 October 2016) known as King Bhumibol the Great, was the ninth monarch of Thailand from the Chakri Dynasty as Rama IX.
  • Having reigned since 9 June 1946, he was, at the time of his death, the world’s longest-serving head of state and the longest-reigning monarch in Thai history, serving for 70 years, 127 days
  • During his reign, he was served by a total of 30 prime ministers beginning with Pridi Banomyong and ending with Prayut Chan-o-cha.
  • Bhumibol was born at Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the United States, on 5 December 1927.
  •  The king chose Bhumibol Adulyadej, meaning “strength of the land, incomparable power.
  • Bhumibol ascended the throne following the death by gunshot wound of his brother, King Ananda Mahidol, on 9 June 1946.