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The Royal Family

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In Thailand the royal family, especially the King and Queen, are held in the highest regard. You will find photos of the King in every house hold and of the Queen in most households, especially if there is an older female living there. Outside of the home, you will find the Kings image along main roads, in shopping centres and public places. This is out of love and respect for the Royal family more than anything.

The current monarch of Thailand is His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX). The king has reigned since 9 June 1946, making him the world’s longest reigning current monarch and the world’s longest serving head of state. The Absolute rule of the King ended in 1932 when the Thai monarchy became a constitutional monarchy. The King remains the head of the Thai Army and also has more power of veto over new laws than most European monarchies have.

Although Thailand has a constitutional monarchy both the King and Queen have far reaching influences within the politics of Thailand. One word said by the King or Queen can change Thai government policy.

The Coronation of the King usually takes place in the Grand Palace and is the King's official residence. The Royal family however spend most of there time at the Chitralada Palace (also in Bangkok) and the Klai Kangwon Villa in Hua Hin There are a number of Royal Palaces in Thailand and tourists are allowed in to some of them, including the Grand Palace.

To view a list of Kings, click here.

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