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Thailand's Profile

... particularly in Bangkok and other major cities. Religion Theravada Buddhism, the national religion, is the professed faith of 95 per cent of the population. There is total religious freedom and all major religions can be found in practice. Government Thailand is governed by a constitutional monarchy with His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej as Head of State. Official power rests with the government, personified by the Prime Minister, the Parliament, and a bureaucratic system that reaches down to the village level. Legislation Legislative power is vested ...

Thailand's Monarchy

On June 9, 1996, citizens of Thailand celebrated the 50th anniversary of the accession to the throne of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The Royal Thai Government, the Thai people, and friends around the world have organized year-long to commemorate this joyful and auspicious event. Having reigned for half a century, His Majesty is the longest-reigning ...

His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej

“Chitralada Villa, Dusit Palace,” the royal residence of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the ninth monarch of Thailand’s Royal House of Chakri, is unique in that it is an experimental site for His Majesty’s Royal Chitralada Projects in such fields as agriculture, forestry, and small-scale industries. His Majesty’s activities concerning development ...

Royal Patronage of a people and a culture

... story of Her Majesty’s championship of the rural poor and her patronage and promotion of traditional handicrafts dates back virtually to the beginning of the reign, and underscores the essential concept of monarchy as interpreted and practiced by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit. In 1955, just a few years after ascending the throne, His Majesty the King, accompanied by the Queen, made a 22-day tour of Northeast Thailand, the most neglected and poorest area of the country. The people, most of whom had never seen a Thai monarch in person before, flocked to pay homage to Their Majesties. The pioneering tour was to set the pattern for the reign and every year the ...
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