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Royal Security Command
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Department overview
Formed 9 January 1992; ago (1992-01-09)[citation needed]
Jurisdiction Thailand
Headquarters Thawi Watthana Palace, Bangkok, Thailand
Department executives Vajiralongkorn, Commander
Suthida, Deputy Commander
Website
Royal Security Command

The Royal Security Command (Thai language: หน่วยบัญชาการถวายความปลอดภัยรักษาพระองค์) is a Thai royal agency having the status of a juristic person reporting directly to King Vajiralongkorn.

The agency is responsible for the planning, directing, coordinating and controlling the security of the king, queen, heir-apparent and royal family including performing royal duties as assigned and maintaining order in the royal court. It is also responsible for the security of the monarch's representatives and visitors. The agency is completely outside the command hierarchy of the Royal Thai Armed Forces and the Thai government.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

Symbol of the Royal Security Command (2014-2016)

The Royal Security Command was formerly an agency under the Office of the Supreme Commander of the Royal Thai Armed Forces Headquarters. It was established as a King's Guard unit on 18 November 1992.[2] In 2013, the Royal Security Command became a juristic person and was put under the purview of the Ministry of Defense while retaining Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn as its commander.[3]

On 1 May 2017 the Royal Security Command was made a royal agency directly under the command of the monarchy, independent of the rest of the armed forces and the Royal Thai Government.[4]

On 30 September 2019, two infantry regiments were removed from the Royal Thai Army's chain of command and placed under the Royal Security Command. All personnel, assets and operating budgets were likewise transferred to the agency.[5] The move was prompted by the need to provide better security to the royal family, royal residences, and dignitaries visiting at the monarch's invitation.[5]

Organization[edit | edit source]

King Vajiralongkorn and Queen Suthida is the commander and deputy commander of the unit.

The Royal Security Command is divided into these agencies:

  • Office of the Commander
  • Office of the Special Operations Officer in His Majesty
  • Office of the Chief of Staff
  • Royal Thai Aide-De-Camp Department
  • King's Own Bodyguard Command
  • Royal Court Security Police Command

Military units[edit | edit source]

The Royal Security Command is in charge of two Infantry regiments:[5]

  • Emblem of the 1st Infantry Regiment, King's Own Bodyguard.svg 1st Infantry Regiment, King's Close Bodyguard (Thai language: มหาดเล็กราชวัลลภ; Template:Rtgs), 'The king's close bodyguards')
    • 1st Infantry Battalion, 1st King's Own Bodyguard Regiment
    • 2nd Infantry Battalion, 1st King's Own Bodyguard Regiment
    • 3rd Infantry Battalion, 1st King's Own Bodyguard Regiment
  • Emblem of the 11th Infantry Regiment, King's Guard.svg 11th Infantry Regiment, King's Close Bodyguard, (Thai language: ทหารล้อมวัง; Template:Rtgs), 'The palace bodyguards')
    • 1st Infantry Battalion, 11th King's Own Bodyguard Regiment
    • 2nd Infantry Battalion, 11th King's Own Bodyguard Regiment
    • 3rd Infantry Battalion, 11th King's Own Bodyguard Regiment

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "พระราชกฤษฎีกาจัดระเบียบราชการและการบริหารงานบุคคลของราชการในพระองค์ พ.ศ. 2560". 10 May 2017. http://www.ratchakitcha.soc.go.th/DATA/PDF/2560/A/051/1.PDF. Retrieved 14 November 2019. 
  2. "ประกาศสำนักนายกรัฐมนตรี เรื่อง พระราชทานพระบรมราชานุญาตสถาปนาหน่วยทหารเป็นหน่วยทหารรักษาพระองค์". 15 December 1992. http://www.ratchakitcha.soc.go.th/DATA/PDF/2535/D/158/14087.PDF. Retrieved 14 November 2019. 
  3. "พระราชบัญญัติระเบียบราชการกระทรวงกลาโหม (ฉบับที่ 2) พ.ศ. 2556". 20 November 2013. http://www.ratchakitcha.soc.go.th/DATA/PDF/2556/A/109/1.PDF. Retrieved 14 November 2019. 
  4. "พระราชบัญญัติระเบียบบริหารราชการในพระองค์ พ.ศ. 2560". 1 May 2017. http://www.ratchakitcha.soc.go.th/DATA/PDF/2560/A/048/1.PDF. Retrieved 14 November 2019. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Charuvastra, Teeranai (1 October 2019). "'Emergency order' transfers army units to king's command". Khaosod English. http://www.khaosodenglish.com/politics/2019/10/01/emergency-order-transfers-army-units-to-kings-command/. Retrieved 5 November 2019. 

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