King ฺBhumibol Adulyadej
Also called Phumiphon Adunlayadet or Rama IX, (born December 5, 1927, Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.—died October 13, 2016, Bangkok, Thailand), ninth king of the Chakkri dynasty (1950–2016), which has ruled or reigned in Thailand from 1782, and Thailand’s longest-serving monarch.
Thailand’s monarchy made national headlines following the tragic passing and subsequent funeral of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, or Rama IX, in October 2016. As the longest reigning monarch in history, he played a vital role in shaping his country, as have generations of his family since taking to the throne in 1782. From establishing the country as we know to working towards prosperity for all, here’s the history of Thailand’s royal family.