Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun is the only son of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit.
In 1972, at the age of 20, he was made crown prince by his father. After his father’s death on 13 October 2016, he accepted the throne on 1 December 2016.
Monarchy of Thailand
The Monarchy of Thailand (whose monarch is referred to as the King of Thailand or historically as the King of Siam) refers to the constitutional monarchy and monarch of the Kingdom of Thailand.
The King of Thailand is the head of state and head of the ruling Royal House of Chakri.
The monarchy’s official ceremonial residence is the Grand Palace in Bangkok, while the private residence has been at the Dusit Palace.
Although the current Chakri Dynasty was created in 1782, the existence of the institution of monarchy in Thailand is traditionally considered to have its roots from the founding of the Sukhothai Kingdom in 1238, with a brief interregnum from the death of Ekkathat to the accession of Taksin in the 18th century. The institution was transformed into a constitutional monarchy in 1932 after the bloodless Siamese Revolution of 1932.