The bonhomie masked a grittier relationship. Girl aged just TEN gives birth after being raped in Colombia. With a total estimated wealth of more than $US40 billion ($54 billion), Vajiralongkorn is among the richest monarchs in the world. This new cohort of protesters identifies with the group of rebels fighting despotic oppression in The Hunger Games, a series of books and films for young adults. The King of Thailand, King Maha Vajiralongkorn, has called Bavaria his part-time home for a number of years. Dogs have featured heavily in the life of Thai monarchs. Thai protesters have adopted the three-finger salute from the Hunger Games. The economy boomed under Bhumibol, thanks more to foreign investment and tourism than the agricultural initiatives he championed, like cloud-seeding. The monarch has been snapped in a crop top before, notably during a shopping trip in Munich, Germany. Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group. He apparently holed up in a hotel in Bavaria at the start of the coronavirus pandemic (at a time when all such establishments were ordered to close). United Press International. Chook's report card for the performance of the super fund sector in 2020 has the usual mix of good, bad and ugly results. It’s the kind of surreal behaviour that has only added to the air of menace and unpredictability surrounding Vajiralongkorn. The potential dangers of opposing the Thai royal family are real. Why, it’s none other than the king himself, Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun. Last year, the Thai Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn (who became King of Thailand in December) walked around a Munich shopping center sporting a little yellow crop top… King Vajiralongkorn was formally crowned in 2019 with a two-foot cone of diamond-encrusted gold enamel dating back to the start of the Chakri dynasty in 1782. We’d like to think his friends call him “Bodi,” if he has any. As a result, the King must always be seated higher than everyone else, and during official ceremonies, events, and speeches, the monarch's feet are supposed to be above the heads of those around him. The monarchy has long been treated with deference in Thailand. When Bhumibol (pronounced Poom-ee-pon) died in 2016, he was succeeded by his son and heir – a very different public figure. Thailand agreed to host the American B-52 bombers that pummelled Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos during the Vietnam war. The picture revealed numerous tattoos, although these were said to be stick-ons rather than permanent. The comments below have been moderated in advance. After the death of his father King Bhumibol in October 2016, Maha Vajiralongkorn ascended the throne as His Majesty King Rama X — meaning he is the tenth monarch of the royal house of Chakri. The pictures were taken from near the hotel and were widely identified in Swiss media as showing the monarch. 1. King Vajiralongkorn’s relationship with his pet poodle, Foo Foo, was quite different. While the king is back in Thailand for now, he normally lives in Germany. King Bhumibol, a man who projected seriousness and dignity, even wrote a book about his pet mongrel Tondaeng, extolling the virtues of canine obedience. The man once infamous for his mistresses, crop tops, and presumably fake tattoos now looks out sternly from portraits placed all over Thailand, dressed in kingly … Help using this website - Accessibility statement, estimated wealth of more than $US40 billion ($54 billion), Back to Bali: the expats riding out the pandemic in paradise, Bank of Japan extends support as infections surge, Wuhan residents hope WHO finds virus origins, Indonesia pledges free vaccines as Brazil slams CoronaVac. 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