Maha Vajiralongkorn

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Maha Vajiralongkorn

(Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun), 1952–, king of Thailand (2016–). He attended school in Australia, where he graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon, and Univ. of New South Wales (1976), and then served in the Thai armed forces. Having been designated crown prince in 1972, he succeeded his father, Bhumibol AdulyadejBhumibol Adulyadej
, 1927–2016, king of Thailand (1946–2016), b. Cambridge, Mass. A member of the Chakri dynasty, he was at school in Switzerland when his brother, King Ananda Mahidol, died (1946) under mysterious circumstances.
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, upon his death. A member of the Chakri dynasty, the new king was formally crowned Rama X in May, 2019; his formal reign title is Phrabat Somdet Phra Vajira Klao Chao Yu Hua. The king has consolidated his power and influence since succeeding his father. In 2017 parliament approved the transfer of royal security agencies, the crown property bureau, and other agencies from the military government to the king, and two infantry regiments were placed under the king's direct command in 2019.
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His Majesty has also received greetings from Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, Vice-President of the UAE, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan, Heir Apparent of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of the UAE, Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, Crown Prince of Thailand, Dr Haider al Abadi, Prime Minister of Iraq, Dato Seri Mohamed Najib Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia, Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shaikh Hasina Wajed, Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of Thailand, KP Sharma Oli, Prime Minister of Nepal, Dr Abdullah Abdullah, President of Afghanistan and Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Secretary-General of the Arab League.
His Majesty has also received greetings cable on this glorious occasion from Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, Vice- President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, Heir Apparent of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces in the UAE , Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, Crown Prince of Thailand, Dr.