KING ANANDA MAHIDOL (RAMA VIII) 1935 - 1946
Was born on September 20,1925,the elder son and second child of
H.R.H. Prince Mahidol Adulyadej,
Prince of Songkla. He succeeded his uncle,
King Prajadhipok, as King on March 2, 1935. King Ananda Mahidol
spent his early years in Switzerland, receiving his education there
and made occasional trips to Thailand. He returned to Bangkok after the end of World War II, but his
life and his reign cam to an abrupt end when he died, on June 9,
1946. King Ananda Mahidol was never crowned and shortly after his
death his younger brother and successor, King
Bhumibol Adulyadaj, post-humously altered his regnal title and
raised him from seven to nine levels of royal umbrella, as a fully
crowned and anointed sovereign.
King Ananda Mahidol
Photograph of the King, circa late 1930s.
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