Prince Mahidol and Princess Srinagarindra had three children: Princess Galyani Vadhana, King Ananda Mahidol, Rama VIII, and King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama IX. The Mahidol couple had a shared desire to devote themselves to welfare of the people, and Prince Mahidol became a resident doctor at McCormick Hospital in Chiang Mai where his royal status did not hinder his desire to help the sick.

Sadly, Prince Mahidol passed away in 1929, at just 37 years of age, and Princess Srinagarindra was left to bring up her children on her own.

The revolution that ended absolute monarchy in 1932, and the subsequent abdication of King Prajadhipok, Rama VII, in 1935, without naming a successor turned the quiet lives of the Mahidols upside down. The National Assembly voted in favour of Prince Ananda Mahidol, still only nine years of age, as the new king.

The young royals were still studying in Switzerland, and Princess Srinagarindra tried her best to keep them grounded and allow them to lead a normal life. She taught them the value of hard work, and instilled in them a sense of responsibility towards others less privileged.

King Ananda Mahidol tragically passed away in 1946, and his younger brother acceded to the throne as King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama IX. His 70-year reign ushered in an era of sustainable development for the country.

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