King of Siam Rama VIII or Ananda Mahidol of Thailand stands during an official ceremony on January 1946 in Bangkok after his return from Switzerland to Thailand. Rama VIII born on September 20, 1925 in Heidelberg, Germany, was mostly away pursuing his studies in Switzerland before returning to Thailand in 1945. On June 9, 1946 he was found dead in his bed of a mysterious gunshot wound at the palace in Bangkok. His brother King Bhumibol Adlyadej succeeded him on the throne. / AFP PHOTO

What Thailand’s King Bhumibol really stood for

Monarch’s prowess as a ruler was as surprising as his ascension to Thailand’s throne – yet penned in by the military, he both raised and tamped down his followers’ hopes

Topic |   Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej

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King of Siam Rama VIII or Ananda Mahidol of Thailand stands during an official ceremony on January 1946 in Bangkok after his return from Switzerland to Thailand. Rama VIII born on September 20, 1925 in Heidelberg, Germany, was mostly away pursuing his studies in Switzerland before returning to Thailand in 1945. On June 9, 1946 he was found dead in his bed of a mysterious gunshot wound at the palace in Bangkok. His brother King Bhumibol Adlyadej succeeded him on the throne. / AFP PHOTO
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