King Rama VIII (Ananda Mahidol; born 20 September, 1925) is the eighth and current monarch of Thailand and the head of the House of Chakri. At the time he was recognised as king by the National Assembly in March 1935, he was a nine-year-old boy living in Switzerland. He returned to Thailand in December 194?, joining in a coup which deposed Plaek Phibunsongkhram and removed the country from the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere. On 9 June, 1946, Rama VIII's brother, Bhumibol Adulyadej, entered the King's bedroom and shot him, wounding the monarch but failing to kill him. Rama was able to wrestle the gun away from his brother and restrain him until the police arrived, after which he was taken to the hospital. It was determined that Bhumibol was working with the imprisoned Plaek Phibunsongkhram, and plotting a counter-coup.

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