Maha Vajiralongkorn has been pronounced as Thailand's new king since 2016. Being the only son of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit, his reign commenced 50 days after his father’s demise.
There were decades of uncertainty over the royal succession of Thailand. Maha Vajiralongkorn was born on 28 July 1952 as the first son and second child of the King and Queen. He was made crown prince by his father at the age of 20 in 1972.
After his father's death on 13 October 2016, he accepted the throne on the night of December 1st, 2016. He became the monarch when he was 64 years old, making him the oldest Thai monarch to take over the throne.
The three-day crowning ceremonies of Vajiralongkorn took place on 4–6 May 2019. He was given the title of Phrabat Somdet Phra Vajira Klao Chao Yu Hua, being the first in nearly 100 years.
The highlighted points of the Thailand king’s direct political involvement include –
Vajiralongkorn is considered one of the controversial kings of the world. All over Thailand, various protests keep happening against his reign in 2020. His name is always in the headlines for his disputes.
However, he is the wealthiest king in the world as of 2020, having a net worth around US$30 billion.