Thai people mourn the death of their king
The saddened people of Thailand mourn for their beloved King, Bhumibon (Bhumipolu) Adulyadej, who died on October 13 at the age of 88. At the same time, his son and heir to the throne, Maha Wachiralongkorn, famous for his scandalous love affairs, suddenly asked for his coronation to be postponed.
The king of Thailand was the most long-lived of the monarchs living: he was on the throne for 70 years and won the great respect of his people. After reporting his death, the Thais took to the streets and did not hide the tears of grief for their king. Some gathered on the landing in front of the hospital where Bhumibol lay, and shouted: “Long live the king!” - perhaps in the hope that he will hear them and rise again.
The main focus is now on the heir to the throne, since the prince asked the country's prime minister to postpone the coronation. National TV channels interrupted their program to broadcast photos from the coronation of the late King in 1946, from parades with his participation and from meetings with the needy.Representatives of the authorities said that the mourning for Bhumibon Adulyadej will last for a year and within the next 30 days all programs of recreational activities will be reduced.
Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-Ocha told reporters during a press conference: “I had the highest audience with the Crown Prince (Mahi Vachiralongkorn), and he asked for time to prepare him before he was proclaimed the new king. According to him, he is now the undisputed heir. But he needs time to grieve with the people of Thailand. ”
The postponement of the coronation looks disturbing, given the reputation of the crown prince, who, according to many, may undermine respect for the Thai monarchy. The 64-year-old heir to the throne was married three times, and all three marriages ended in divorce. For a long time there were rumors about his mistresses and violent temper. The last marriage with Srirasmi Akharapkhongpricha, from which he has a son, Prince Dipangkorn Rasmichoti, broke up in 2014. From the former wife of the prince and her relatives took away all the titles, as they were involved in corruption scandals.
A few months before, during a military coup in Thailand in 2014, a video appeared in which the prince and his spouse had a party at the royal palace in honor of their dog Fu-Fu.Srirasmi crawled on the floor in some thongs and fed the dog with cake, and then they sang together birthday greetings to the animal. Earlier, the former US ambassador in Bangkok said that Princess Srirasmi told him during one of the dinner parties, as if Fu-Fu had the title of Chief Air Marshal.
Maha Vachiralongkorn was born in 1952 and was raised as a true royal son. In an interview, he admitted that at the age of 12 he did not even know how to tie shoelaces, because servants always did it for him. At age 14, he was sent to a private institution in England. He was an officer in three different types of troops of the Thai army. The prince continued his education at a school in Sydney, after which in 1972 he entered the Royal Military College in Dantrun.
In 1977, the prince submitted to the wishes of his mother and married his cousin, Princess Mom Luang Soamsawali Kitiyakare. From this marriage was born Princess Bajrakitiabha. Just nine months later, the prince gave birth to a son from the actress Juvadhida Polprasset, who would later become his wife. They had four more children, and all were born before the prince divorced his first wife.
In 1982, when Queen Sirikit traveled in the United States, she commented on her son’s reputation in one of the interviews: “My son, the Crown Prince, is a bit Don Juan.He is a good student, a good guy, but women find him interesting, and he considers women even more interesting. ”
The late king of Thailand, although born in the USA, was very popular and respected among the people, because he was the only constant amid the multitude of governments that succeeded each other. He was considered a soft leader who used the influence of the monarchy to unite the people. The Buddhist majority in Thailand considers Phumipo to be the incarnation of a deity, a saint who deferred his entry into nirvana in order to help humanity.
Leaders of the military junta, prime ministers and courtiers addressed the king only on their knees, but Phumipon himself was a very mundane man. He personally traveled to impoverished villages and remote rice plantations to assess the condition of his country and help resolve any problems, from water shortages and famine to family unrest.
Prince with his wife Srirasmi and son.
The king was able to play six musical instruments and improvised with such great jazz musicians as Benny Goodman. Over time, he became the richest monarch and one of the richest people in the world.In 2011, Forbes estimated his fortune at more than $ 30 billion. Due to poor health in the last ten years, the king has rarely appeared in public. His widow, Queen Sirikit, is also sick and appears even less often.