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The confidant of kings

A new book sheds light on life for King Rama VIII and HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej in Europe and the two brothers' fondness for their Swiss tutor

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He was the sole tutor of two Thai monarchs — King Ananda Mahidol, Rama VIII, and HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej. In Switzerland in 1936, Cleon Seraidaris, a lawyer, started guiding the young King Rama VIII and Prince Bhumibol towards their educational goals. Up until his death in 1997, his close ties and devotion to HM the King and the royal family of Thailand remained strong. 

The two kings with Cleon Seraidaris at Champex, Switzerland, in 1937.

“My father said his career was like a dream because the two kings were perfect about everything. The kings had to be perfect in every way to rule the country. This could be seen from their behaviour and understanding of their duties,” said Lysandre C. Seraidaris, the youngest son of Cleon.

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