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His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand was born in Cambridge Massachusetts, the United States of America, on Monday the 5th of December 1927, being the third and youngest child of Their Royal Highnesses Prince and Princess Mahidol of Songkhla. He is the direct grandson of His Late Majesty King Chulalongkorn or Rama V who was renowned for the great reforms which he made to all institutions of Thailand.
He was auspiciously named Bhumibol Adulyadej, meaning ‘Strength of the Land, Incomparable Power’, which has been prophetic as his reign has unfolded through various critical periods as the country has evolved more and more around the throne as the sole source of unity and strength.
After a brief period of primary schooling in Bangkok, His Majesty left with the rest of his family for Switzerland where he continued his secondary education at the Ecole Nouvelle de la Suisse Romande, Chailly sur Lausanne and received the Bachelieres Lettres diploma from the Gymnase Classique Cantonal of Lausanne.
He then chose to enter Lausanne University to study Science, but the death of his elder brother King Ananda Mahidol in Bangkok in June 1946, changed the course of his life completely, for the Law of Succession bestowed on him the arduous but challenging function of the Thai Crown.

His Majesty decided to go back to Switzerland for another period of study, but this time in the subject of Political Science and Law in order to equip himself with the proper knowledge for government.

In 1950, His Majesty returned to Thailand for the Coronation Ceremony which took place on the 5th of May. He went back to Switzerland for another period of study before the urgent call of his country and people brought him back to Thailand in 1951 to stay. It was in the same year that His Majesty’s royal development projects began.

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