Ananda Mahidol

eighth monarch of Siam from the Chakri dynasty as Rama VIII

Ananda Mahidol (Thai: พระบาทสมเด็จพระปรเมนทรมหาอานันทมหิดล) (20 September 1925 – 9 June 1946), posthumous reigning title Phra Athamaramathibodin, was the eighth monarch of Siam from the Chakri dynasty as Rama VIII. At the time he was recognised as king by the National Assembly in March 1935, he was a nine-year-old boy living in Switzerland. He returned to Thailand in December 1945, but six months later, in June 1946, he was found shot dead in his bed. Although at first thought to have been an accident, his death was ruled a murder by medical examiners, and three royal pages were later executed following very irregular trials. The mysterious circumstances surrounding his death have been the subject of much controversy.

Ananda Mahidol

Quotes

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  • If all Thai people consider themselves they are the owners of the nation and perform their duties well with honesty, correct and sanctioned, the misery of the people will pass.
    • Speech on Constitution Day (10 December 1945)
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