Profile of King Bhumibol Adulyadej
King Bhumibol’s brother and predecessor as king, Ananda Mahidol, was found shot to death in his bed in 1946, with his own handgun nearby. Officially the death is simply ruled “mysterious.” Although there’s little that implicates Bhumibol in his brother’s death, the matter remained clouded for decades in part because insulting the dignity of the king can lead to criminal prosecution in Thailand… King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit were married from 1950 until his death in 2016. They had three daughters: Ubolratana Rajakanya (born 1951), Maha Chakri Sirindhorn (b. 1955) and Chulabhorn Walailak (b. 1957). They also had one son, Maha Vajiralongkorn (b. 1952), who succeeded his father as king in 2016.
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