He is the world's longest reigning monarch. Born in the U.S. on the 5th of December 1927, he ascended to the throne of Thailand on the 9th of June 1946, aged 18 after the accidental shooting of his brother, King Ananda Mahidol. King Bhumibol has traveled to all corners of the country, walked its fields and talked to countless people to truly understand the heart of Thailand.
His life has been one of leadership in some of the world’s greatest, most complex, and most pressing problems. Anann has shown himself to be untiring in his work to make the world a safer, healthy, and better place.