Royal command structure reorganised

On 26 January 2022, the Royal Gazette published a second Royal Decree Organising Governmental Affairs and Personnel Administration for Royal Service, amending Section 7 and Section 9 of the previous Decree by adding and removing organisations that personally serve the monarchy.

The Temple of the Emerald Buddha, located in the Royal Palace.

The Decree, countersigned by Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, states that the changes were made in line with a structure given by the King. The Decree cites Section 15 of the Constitution and Section 4 of the Royal Service Administration Act that allow the King to appoint and remove the royal officers at the King’s pleasure.

The Royal Offices listed under Section 7 now includes the Department of Affairs under the Queen, replace the Bureau of the Royal Household Administrative Hall with the Office of the Royal Palace Commander and the Royal Palace Command Division and replaces the Royal Pages Division with the Royal Pages Division 904.

The organizations under the Royal Security Command listed under Section 9 replaces the Royal Guard Ratchawallop unit with the Royal Guard Ratchawallop Headquarters, removes the Royal Aide-de-Camp Department and the Office of the Royal Court Police and adds the Royal Court Police Headquarters.

In March 2017, or six months after King Rama X ascended to the throne, the Royal Service Administration Act 2017 was issued, transferring 5 government agencies into royal agencies under a variety of regulations.  It is specified that these shall be “at the royal pleasure”.  The agencies are:

1. The Office of His Majesty's Principal Private Secretary – formerly an independent government agency equivalent to a department, under the command of the Prime Minister;

2. The Bureau of the Royal Household – formerly a royal government agency equivalent to a ministry answering directly to the Prime Minister;

3. The Royal Aide-de-Camp Department – formerly under the Ministry of Defence;

4. The Royal Security Command – formerly under the Ministry of Defence; and 

5. The Office of the Royal Court Police - formerly under the Royal Thai Police.

* There has been no official English translation of the new Decree; the names of the various organizations are as translated by Prachatai.

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