He later graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon, in Canberra, Australia. An officer in the Thai military, he trained with the Australian, British, and United States armed services. He is a qualified military pilot and helicopter pilot.
He took an active part in military operations against the Communist Party of Thailand during the 1970s.
Thai Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, 64, has become Thailand's new king, succeeding his much-revered late father King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
His accession to the throne ends a period of uncertainty during which Privy Council President Prem Tinsulanonda, a 96-year-old former prime minister, has been serving as regent.
Celebrity horoscope: Maha Vajiralongkorn bitrh chart astrology.
BALANCE OF HEMISPHERES
Scores: Eastern 15; Northern 2; Western 2; Southern 15
You are a self-motivated and self-oriented individual. You like to map out your own life and follow your own path, experiencing difficulties only if anyone stands in your way. You value your independence and enjoy your own company. You enjoy the company of other people, but only if they give you plenty of freedom for your own pursuits. You need to watch out for egocentric and selfish behaviour.
BALANCE OF HOUSES
Scores: 1st 2; 2nd 0; 3rd 0; 4th 0; 5th 0; 6th 0; 7th 1; 8th 0; 9th 1; 10th 6; 11th 2; 12th 5
The Tenth House is about your public life. It shows your standing in the community, career, social status and can reflect your attitude to parenting. Other exoteric and esoteric keywords include: Honor, authority, career and profession, life direction, achievement, Masters and Hierarchy.
BALANCE OF RAYS
Scores: 1st Ray 8; 2nd Ray 0; 3rd Ray 12; 4th Ray 3; 5th Ray 8; 6th Ray 0; 7th Ray 4
1ST RAY STRONG
You can be powerful, assertive and persistent. You have a strong sense of purpose, and have the ability to lead, direct and govern. However, you may have a tendency towards excessive pride, hunger for power and obstinacy.
3RD RAY STRONG
You can be clever, mentally agile and strategizing. You are a skilful communicator, have a good business sense and a capacity for abstract thinking. However, you may have a tendency towards intellectual pride, deviousness and restlessness.
THE SUN IN LEO
Your Sun is in the zodiac sign of Leo indicating that you're good-hearted, and have a sunny personality which shines in the company of others. In fact you love an audience, basking in the attention which comes with being centre stage. Most of the time you do manage to attract the attention that you so keenly seek, as your enthusiasm and sense of fun has a contagious effect lighting a spark of fun and joy in those around you. Your generous nature also means that you're willing to share your abundant goodwill with others.
THE MOON IN THE 12TH HOUSE
The Moon is placed in the 12th House of your birth chart suggesting that you're a born loner, enjoying a reclusive lifestyle. Even when you're surrounded by people, you find your own secret world in which to retreat.