In Rememberance of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej

His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej was born at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts in the United States of America, at 0845 hours on Monday 5 December 1927. He was the younger son of HRH Prince Mahidol Adulyadej and Mom Sangwal. King Bhumibol has one elder sister and one elder brother: the late Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana and His Majesty King Ananda Mahidol.
 
After the death of his father in 1929, His Majesty King Bhumibol studied in Switzerland where he continued in secondary education and studied science in Lausanne University. However, the death of his brother, King Ananda Mahidol in Bangkok on 9 June, 1946, changed his life. According to the Law of Succession bestowed on him, he was the next heir to the throne. In order to better equip himself with the proper knowledge of the government and politics, His Majesty King Bhumibol changed his major to the subject of Political Science and Law.

King Bhumibol was engaged to Mom Rajawong Sirikit Kitiyakara in 1949. They married a year later in April 1950. After the royal wedding, King Bhumibol conferred Queen Sirikit. They have four children, namely Her Royal Highness Princess Ubol Ratana, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and the youngest, Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn. Together with the Royal Family, His Majesty King Bhumibol initiated royal activities for his country. “We will reign with righteousness for the benefits and happiness of the Siamese people” was the promise he made to his people. And for the past 70 years on the reign, the King had done exactly that.


His Majesty had always stressed the importance of basics, because only when the fundamentals are strong can development be sustainable. His Majesty therefore sought to help the poor by encouraging them to start from the first step of having enough to eat and to live on” before embarking on more ambitious goals. Hence, His Majesty developed a philosophy of “sufficiency economy” as a way of life for the Thai people. His Majesty King Bhumibol was also admired for his efforts throughout his reign internationally.
 
His Majesty received many awards and other forms of recognition from various organizations and agencies under the United Nations, for his contributions to the improvement of the environment and nature conservation. In May 2006, His Majesty was presented with the first United Nations’ first Human Development Lifetime Achievement Award, for his efforts to human development to improve the lives of his people across the country. The award was presented by Mr. Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations and His Majesty the King was the first recipient of this newly-created Award.
 
To the Thais, as well as non-Thais who had the privilege of meeting him, King Bhumibol's vision and compassion were boundless, as is the love and respect his subjects have for His Majesty. For this reason, His Majesty the King Bhumibol Adulyadej is held in the highest affection and reverence.
 
His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of the Kingdom of Thailand passed away peacefully on 13 October 2016 at 1552 hours at Siriraj Hospital at the age of 89 in the 70th Year of His Majesty’s Reign.

 
The Passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej
 
Dr. Tony Tan Keng Yam, President of the Republic of Singapore, and Mr. Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore, were among the first foreign dignitaries who paid their last respects to His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej at the Royal Urn in the Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall in Bangkok on 24 and 21 October 2016, respectively.
 
The condolence book signing ceremony in remembrance of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej was held at The Royal Thai Embassy in Singapore and was open to the public from 14 to 23 October 2016, during which the following dignitaries from the Government of the Republic of Singapore have attended:
 
1. Dr. Tony Tan Keng Yam, President of the Republic of Singapore (15 October      
    2016)
2. Mr. Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore (14 October
    2016)
3. Mr. Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for
    National Security (15 October 2016)
4. Dr. Ng Eng Hen, Minister for Defence (15 October 2016)
5. Mr. Ng Chee Meng, Acting Minister for Education (Schools) and Senior Minister
    of State for Transport (15 October 2016)
6. Mr. Ong Ye Kung, Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills)
    and Senior Minister of State for Defence (18 October 2016)
7. Ms. Indranee Rajah, Senior Minister of State for Finance and Law (17 October
    2016)
8. Lieutenant-General Perry Lim Cheng Yeow, Chief of Defence Force (17 October  
    2016)
9. Major-General Melvyn Ong, Chief of Army (19 October 2016)
10. Rear Admiral Lai Chung Han, Chief of Navy (17 October 2016)
11. Major-General Mervyn Tan, Chief of Air Force (17 October 2016)
12. Mrs. Foo Teow Lee, Director-General, Southeast Asia II Directorate, Ministry
      of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Singapore (18 October 2016)
13. Mr. Peter Chan, Former Ambassador of the Republic of Singapore to the
      Kingdom of Thailand (17 October 2016)
14. Mr. Chan Heng Wing, Former Ambassador of the Republic of Singapore to the
      Kingdom of Thailand (18 October 2016)
15. Mr. Tan Seng Chye, Former Ambassador of the Republic of Singapore to the
      Kingdom of Thailand (17 October 2016)

On 20 November 2016, the Royal Thai Embassy organized an oath-taking ceremony for Thais in Singapore to declare their respect and loyalty to His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and the royal family.

The Royal Thai Embassy in collaboration with Ananda Metyarama Thai Buddhist Temple in Singapore organized a series of merit making ceremonies in dedication to His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej as follows:

 
1. The 7th day of the passing at Ananda Metyarama Thai Buddhist Temple (18               October 2016)
2. The 50th day of the passing at the Royal Thai Embassy (4 December 2016)
3. The 100th day of the passing at Ananda Metyarama Thai Buddhist Temple (20           January 2017)
 
Recommended Books on His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej:
 
Ÿ   A Lifetime of Giving: Thailand’s Working Monarch (Published by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, 2006)
Ÿ   Lasting Memories in Timeless Images (Published by Office of the Prime Minister of Thailand, 2008)
Ÿ   The King of Thailand in World Focus (Published by Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand, 2010)
Ÿ   King Bhumibol Adulyadej: A Life’s Work (Published by Editions Didier Millet, 2012)