His Royal Highness was born on July 28, 1952, in the Ambara Villa of the Royal Dusit Palace in Bangkok. He is the second of four children, and is the only son of Their Majesties King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great and Queen Sirikit.
A senior monk at Wat Nok lights candles to commemorate HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn’s birthday July 28.
The Crown Prince received his primary schooling at Udorn Hall of the Dusit Palace and attended secondary school in Sussex and Summerset, England. In August 1970, the Crown Prince attended the King’s School in Australia and in 1976, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Military Studies at the University of New South Wales. HRH the Crown Prince also attended the Royal Thai Army Command and General Staff College, graduating in 1978, and later received a Bachelor of Laws Degree from Sukhothai Thammatirat University in Bangkok in 1987. In 1990, he successfully attended the Royal College of Defense Studies in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej conferred his son with the title of “Somdech Phra Borama Orasadhiraj Chao Fah Maha Vajiralongkorn Sayam Makutrajakuman” on December 28, 1972, making him the Crown Prince and heir to the throne.