Tag Archives: king

World’s richest royal families

The recent wedding in England of a British royal with an American entertainment industry woman caused some sober newspapers to consider aspects of monarchy, constitutional monarchy and royal wealth. Business Report published a list of the five richest royal families, which is somewhat different from the usual Forbes list. Its list had Thailand’s royal family […]

Further updated: Social media stories to watch

Social media has come alive with two stories today. The first concerns groups of people assembling at the Rajaprasong intersection to remember the deaths and injuries that took place eight years ago. Khaosod has an early report, but those following Facebook activists will see photos of people remembering the dead. Interestingly, there’s also an impression […]

Celebrity and the face of the monarchy

Thailand’s monarchy, politically powerful and hugely wealthy, is composed of an odd bunch of royals. They are nothing if not a visual spectacle of strangeness and some seem to delight is somewhat strange behavior.   Some of them seem to crave a celebrity status comparable with the worst of public celebrities elsewhere. We at PPT are […]

Dress up monarchy

Under the military dictatorship it has been a quick march backwards. This seems to suit the monarch, King Vajiralongkorn, who also seems focused on the past. In recent months, in addition to the changes made to the constitution to empower the king to levels not seen since 1932, the king has promoted dress-up days and […]

Updated: An old lese majeste case

As we read stuff about Thailand’s political past we sometimes come across little stories that throw some light on more recent events. In reading about the period around the time of the two coups engineered by Field Marshal Sarit Thanarat, we came upon this translation of a story from Khao Phap, on a lese majeste […]

Rolling back 1932 one piece of property at a time III

PPT has been posting on the king’s and Crown Property Bureau’s efforts to (re)secure the so-called Royal Plaza, rolling back changes that were made when the monarchy was put in its (proper) place as a constitutional monarchy rather than a grasping, absolutist and despotic regime. While the CPB “declined to confirm reports Wednesday that it […]

Protecting the king

It seems that the king needs extra and special protection. That’s the gist of a story at the Bangkok Post that details “advanced anti-terrorism training course” for 60 police officers. That number is “double that of past years” and that’s why we say extra protection. That this is special protection is seen in the rather […]