The King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej died today in Bangkok, Thailand, at 88. He was King of Thailand since 70 years, and was the King with the longest reign - longer than Queen Elizabeth. He was also the greatest King alive, wonderful human being who saved many times the country, he was revered like a semi-God by all Thaïs. He was also a photographer and a Jazz musician, among many others talents. His son, the crown Prince will become king soon, but it will be hard for him to replace in the hearts of Thaïs his incredibly beloved father.
I succeeded to find pictures of Rama 9 - Bhumibol Adulyadej name as King - at Disneyland with Walt Disney on June 22, 1960 during a royal visit in the U.S.A with his wife, Queen Sirikit, and their children Prince Vajiralongkorn and Princess Ubol Ratana Rajakanya. The young boy that you will see on the pictures below is the crown Prince who will become king in a few days.
Before moving to Disneyland here are two pictures of their arrival in the U.S.A. On the picture below, King Bhumibol Adulyadej with Queen Sirikit arriving at Ontario International Airport on June 18, 1960. He was greeted by about 50 Thai students living in the area.
On June 22, 1960, King Bhumibol Adulyadej with Queen Sirikit and Prince Vajiralongkorn and Princess Ubol Ratana visited Disneyland and on the picture below they are entering Disneyland.
On the top picture, King Bhumibol Adulyadej stands with Walt, Queen Sirikit and their children the young Prince Vajiralongkorn and Princess Ubol Ratana Rajakanya on the steps of Disneyland City Hall.
Always at Disneyland City Hall, Walt offered to the young Prince what looks to be a Disneyland flag with Mickey!
A color version of this picture is also available!
King Bhumibol Adulyadej with the young Prince and Walt aboard Disneyland C.K.Holliday locomotive.
On the next picture, King Bhumibol Adulyadej with Queen Sirikit in one of Alice in Wonderland vehicle.
With Walt and their two children, King Bhumibol Adulyadej with Queen Sirikit in a boat of Story Book Land, with Captain Hook ship in the background.
Believe it or not but there is some short very rare footage existing of this Royal visit at Disneyland, and here is the video below.
On June 21, 1960, so before going to Disneyland King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit met some representatives of U.S State Dept as well as American business men during a special reception for the visit of the King in the U.S.A.
On this last picture King Bhumibol Adulyadej is greeted by Don Douglas Jr who had organized a lunch in his honor at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The King was 3é years old at the time of this visit in the U.S.A.
Don't miss Disney and more part two tribute to King Bhumibol Adulyadej in which you'll see fantastic pictures in glorious colors, also shot by LIFE magazine in 1960! The part two article is now online HERE.
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