Thailand’s crown prince proclaimed King Rama X

Thailand’s crown prince proclaimed King Rama X

His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn will be crowned King Rama X of the Royal House of Chakri, succeeding His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama IX, who passed away on 13 October 2016.

His Royal Highness the Crown Prince is the only son, the second of four children, of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Her Majesty Queen Sirikit. He was born in Bangkok on 28 July 1952. After completing his primary education in Thailand, His Royal Highness attended secondary school in England and then enrolled at Australia’s King’s School and University of New South Wales, in the Faculty of Military Studies.

Upon his return to Thailand, the Crown Prince took up his duties, which, besides serving in the Royal Thai Armed Forces, included representing His Majesty the late King at a wide variety of official functions and ceremonies. He accompanied the late King and Her Majesty Queen Sirikit on visits to the rural remote areas to help ease local people’s problems. His Royal Highness was invested as Crown Prince by King Bhumibol on 28 December 1972.

With funds donated by the public, he established the “Crown Prince Hospitals” to serve as medical and health care centers for people living in remote areas. By the year 1977, Crown Prince Hospitals had been set up in 21 locations. As of the year 2011, these hospitals had become major community hospitals providing services of international standard to the general public.

Also interested in agricultural development, His Royal Highness has accepted the “Mobile Agricultural Clinic Project” under his patronage. The project provides prompt services to farmers in order to enhance efficiency in farm production and solve farmers’ problems. It comprises experts in various agricultural fields who can advise farmers on plants, livestock, fisheries, and land development.

His Royal Highness also offers suggestions on the tackling of agricultural problems, in addition to the application of agricultural technology to increase productivity and the improvement in the quality of agricultural production. He emphasizes full-cycle agricultural activities, considering that they will help improve the quality of life of farmers.

Aware of the importance of education, His Royal Highness initiated the establishment of “His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn’s Scholarship” in 2009. The scholarship program has been operating with His Royal Highness’s personal funds as well as donated funds presented to him for charitable purposes. The funds have been used to support education for needy students on a continual basis.

His Royal Highness has followed in the footsteps of His Majesty the late King, who commanded great love and respect among the people.

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