Deeply revered by the people of Thailand, King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) came to the throne in 1946 and is the world’s longest reigning monarch. Whilst he has little direct power, under the Thai constitution the king is “enthroned in a position of revered worship” and is not to be exposed “to any sort of accusation or action”. To ensure this, the Royal Family is protected from criticism by rigorously enforced Lèse-Majesté laws, first enacted in 1908 and enshrined in article 112 of the Thai Criminal Code, which in 2015, included a Thai factory worker facing a 37 year prison sentence for allegedly posting an ‘inappropriate’ comment about the King’s dog on social media. With only positive messages permissible, the Thai King enjoys god-like status, with his divine rule being viewed as an act of fatherly love. A common Thai expression referring to the King is Prachao Yu Hua meaning “Lord above your head.” A manifestation of this devotion are images of King Bhumibol and his predecessors, most notably King Chulalungkorn (Rama V), being displayed in prominent positions in households, buildings and public spaces. This is part of an ongoing series that examines these ubiquitous images and the role they play in shaping Thai identity, values and culture.