Rare royal photos of Queen Sirikit released for 90th birthday

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The Bureau of the Royal Household on Saturday released photos of Their Majesties the King and Queen visiting Her Majesty Queen Sirikit the Queen Mother on the occasion of her 90th birthday on Friday.

Rare royal photos of Queen Sirikit released for 90th birthday

HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn and HM Queen Suthida Bajrasudhabimalalakshana paid the visit at King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital in Bangkok’s Pathum Wan district on Friday.

Accompanying Their Majesties were Her Royal Highness Princess Bajrakitiyabha Narendira Debyavati and Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana Rajakanya.

Rare royal photos of Queen Sirikit released for 90th birthday
Rare royal photos of Queen Sirikit released for 90th birthday

The King, Queen and Queen Mother presented alms to Buddhist monks in a religious ceremony to mark the Queen Mother’s birthday.

Her Majesty Queen Sirikit was born on August 12, 1932, and married His Majesty King Bhumibol the Great in 1950. They had one son, who is the current reigning monarch, and three daughters together.

Rare royal photos of Queen Sirikit released for 90th birthday

Few photographs of the Queen Mother have appeared since she withdrew from the public gaze in 2012.

Her Majesty’s birthday on August 12 is also celebrated every year as Mother’s Day in Thailand.

Published : August 13, 2022

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Their Majesties make merit to mark the Queen Mother’s 90th birthday

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Their Majesties King Maha Vajiralongkorn and Queen Suthida Bajrasudhabimalalakshana performed religious ceremonies on Friday evening to mark Her Majesty Queen Sirikit the Queen Mother’s 90th birthday.

Their Majesties make merit to mark the Queen Mother’s 90th birthday

The ceremonies were held at Wat Phra Si Rattana Satsadaram and at the Amarin Winitchai Throne Hall of the Grand Palace in Bangkok.

Accompanying Their Majesties were Her Royal Highness Princess Bajrakitiyabha Narendira Debyavati, Princess Rajasarinisiribajra and Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana Rajakanya.

The Princess Royal Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn were waiting to welcome Their Majesties at the Amarin Wainitchai Throne Hall.

Their Majesties make merit to mark the Queen Mother’s 90th birthday

At Wat Phra Si Rattana Satsadaram, Their Majesties lit candles in front of the Emerald Buddha and made offerings before heading to the throne hall to attend prayers chanted by 91 Buddhist monks. Their Majesties then offered alms to the monks and paid respects to the Royal Nine-Tiered Umbrella before leaving.

Their Majesties make merit to mark the Queen Mother’s 90th birthday

Despite the rainy weather, a large number of citizens had shown up at the temple to greet Their Majesties and shout “Song Phra Charoen” or Long Live Their Majesties as they walked past.

At noon on Friday, the Army, Navy and Air Force fired 21 cannon shots in different locations in honour of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit the Queen Mother.

Their Majesties make merit to mark the Queen Mother’s 90th birthday
Their Majesties make merit to mark the Queen Mother’s 90th birthday
Their Majesties make merit to mark the Queen Mother’s 90th birthday

In the evening Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his wife Naraporn presided over a candle-lighting ceremony in Sanam Luang.

Also attending were the House and Senate speakers, Supreme Court president, chiefs of the armed forces, Royal Thai Police chief, high-ranking government officials and their spouses as well as members of the public.

Their Majesties make merit to mark the Queen Mother’s 90th birthday

After placing a tray of flowers at the base of the Queen Mother’s portrait, Prayut delivered a speech thanking Queen Sirikit for her kindness and the work she has done for the Thai people. He then wrapped up the ceremony by leading a rendition of the Royal Anthem and lighting more candles.

Their Majesties make merit to mark the Queen Mother’s 90th birthday
Their Majesties make merit to mark the Queen Mother’s 90th birthday
Their Majesties make merit to mark the Queen Mother’s 90th birthday

Her Majesty Queen Sirikit the Queen Mother’s birthday on August 12 is celebrated every year as Mother’s Day in Thailand.

Published : August 13, 2022

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Birthday wishes for Her Majesty the Queen Mother

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People in Thailand are invited to offer best wishes to Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, the Queen Mother, on the occasion of her 90th birthday.

Birthday wishes for Her Majesty the Queen Mother

Blessings and wishes can be posted on the Royal Household Bureau’s website (www.royaloffice.th) from now until Saturday.

Birthday wishes for Her Majesty the Queen Mother

Her Majesty Queen Sirikit was born on August 12, 1932, and married His Majesty King Bhumibol the Great in 1950. They had one son, who is the current reigning monarch, and three daughters together.

Birthday wishes for Her Majesty the Queen Mother

As consort of the world’s longest-reigning monarch, Her Majesty performed many royal duties, offered aid to Thais and helped with the development of the country.

Birthday wishes for Her Majesty the Queen Mother

Her Majesty suffered a stroke on July 21, 2012, and has since avoided public appearances.

Published : August 08, 2022

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Their Majesties launch Benjakitti Forest Park expansion phases

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His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn and Her Majesty Queen Suthida Bajrasudhabimalalakshana presided over the opening ceremony of Benjakitti Forest Park phases 2 and 3 in Bangkok’s Klong Toei district on Wednesday.

Their Majesties launch Benjakitti Forest Park expansion phases

Their Majesties were welcomed by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, Finance Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith, Treasury Department director-general Prapas Kong-ied, Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt and Finance Ministry officials.

Their Majesties launch Benjakitti Forest Park expansion phases

After the King pressed a button to unveil the nameplate of the Benjakitti Forest Park, Their Majesties visited an exhibition portraying the park’s history and development projects, before planting a yellow star tree in front and returning to Dusit Palace.

Their Majesties launch Benjakitti Forest Park expansion phases

Phases 2 and 3 are an expansion project of the park that aims to create an urban forest for Bangkok residents following the aspiration of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great in raising public awareness in the conservation of forests, water and natural resources.

The park opened in 2004 on land formerly owned by the Tobacco Authority of Thailand to honour Her Majesty Queen Sirikit for her 72nd birthday.

Their Majesties launch Benjakitti Forest Park expansion phases

The expansion phases were approved in 2006 with a budget of 652 billion baht. Additional land was granted by the Tobacco Authority of Thailand so the park could be expanded to 450 rai.

Benjakitti Forest Park has more than 7,000 trees and 350 varieties of plants. It also features four swamps that can contain 128,000 cubic metres of water to help alleviate Bangkok’s flood problems.

Facilities in the park include elevated walkways, wetlands, rare plants, cycle paths and an outdoor amphitheatre.

Benjakitti Park is connected to Lumphini Park by a 1.3km-long elevated pedestrian walkway and bicycle trail at the southwest corner.

Published : August 04, 2022

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Princess Sirindhorn presides over govt event marking King’s birthday

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Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn presided over a government gathering held on Friday to mark His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s 70th birthday.

Princess Sirindhorn presides over govt event marking King’s birthday

The ceremony was held at the Santi Maitree Building in the Government House complex from 7pm.

Princess Sirindhorn was welcomed by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, his spouse Naraporn and secretary-general to the PM Distat Hotrakitya.

Princess Sirindhorn presides over govt event marking King’s birthday

Also attending the event were Privy Councillors, Cabinet members, presidents of the House and Senate’s committees, opposition leaders, Bangkok governor, ambassadors and other high-ranking officials and their spouses.

Princess Sirindhorn presides over govt event marking King’s birthday

The PM delivered a speech on the behalf of the Thai population expressing gratitude to His Majesty for working selflessly to ensure their wellbeing in times of crisis and hardship. He then prayed to the Triple Gems of Buddhism – Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha – as well as previous kings to protect and bless the royal family with good health and fulfilled wishes in the years to come.

The speech was wrapped up with a rendition of the royal anthem and attendees yelling, “Long Live the King”.

Princess Sirindhorn presides over govt event marking King’s birthday

The Princess then enjoyed a traditional dance performance by the Culture Ministry’s Bunditpatanasilpa Institute before returning to Sa Pathum Palace.

Princess Sirindhorn presides over govt event marking King’s birthday

Published : July 30, 2022

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Prayut leads Sanam Luang extravaganza to mark HM’s birthday

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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, accompanied by his wife Naraporn, led a candle-lighting ceremony to mark His Majesty the King’s 70th birthday on Thursday.

Prayut leads Sanam Luang extravaganza to mark HM’s birthday

The ceremony, held at Sanam Luang in Bangkok’s Phra Nakhon district, was attended by ministers, government officials, soldiers and police officers.

In his speech marking the occasion, Prayut compared the lit candles to the King’s mercy “that shines brightly and gives warmth to people’s hearts”.

Wishing His Majesty happiness and prosperity, he also led a rendition of two royal anthems.

Prayut leads Sanam Luang extravaganza to mark HM’s birthday

The ceremony wrapped up with a drone light show displaying messages like “Long Live the King” and images of His Majesty and a fighter aircraft. The King is a qualified military pilot with plenty of flying experience.

Published : July 29, 2022

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His Majesty attends birthday ceremonies in Grand Palace

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His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn marked his 70th birthday on Thursday by lighting candles in front of the Emerald Buddha deity and making offerings at the temple.

His Majesty attends birthday ceremonies in Grand Palace

His Majesty was accompanied by Her Majesty Queen Suthida Bajrasudhabimalalakshana and other members of the royal family.

His Majesty attends birthday ceremonies in Grand Palace

After making offerings at the Emerald Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Kaew), His Majesty then headed to the Amarin Winitchai Throne Hall to pay homage to the Royal Nine-Tiered Umbrella, Phra Buddha Patima Chaiwat statue and other sacred objects.

His Majesty attends birthday ceremonies in Grand Palace

The King then received blessings from Supreme Patriarch Somdet Phra Ariyavongsagatanana IX and 71 monks before granting an audience to members of the government.

His Majesty attends birthday ceremonies in Grand Palace

Published : July 29, 2022

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His Majesty marks birthday with call for unity, integrity

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On the occasion of his birthday on Thursday, His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn called on all Thais to maintain high morale, integrity and continue making merit.

His Majesty marks birthday with call for unity, integrity

Speaking to members of the royal family and senior officials led by Parliament President Chuan Leekpai, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Supreme Court President Piyakul Boonperm in the Amarin Winitchai Throne Hall, His Majesty said many events occurring both domestically and overseas have affected people’s lives, professions and security.

His Majesty marks birthday with call for unity, integrity

“Hence, it is necessary for all parties to be mindful, adhere to logic that is beneficial for all parties, and work together to keep up with the global situation that is changing all the time,” he said.

His Majesty marks birthday with call for unity, integrity

He said all Thais should maintain high morale and uphold unity and integrity, so happiness and prosperity can be achieved for both the nation and the people.

Published : July 29, 2022

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Capital to ooze radiance in spectacular light displays for HM’s birthday

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You’ll be in for a dazzling treat if you’re staying put in Bangkok for the current long holiday weekend that starts with His Majesty’s birthday on Thursday.

Capital to ooze radiance in spectacular light displays for HM’s birthday

The Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA) is happily illuminating 30 venues around the capital with more than 3 million bulbs and a 41km-long line of LED lights in a spectacular lighting display to celebrate His Majesty the King’s birthday.

The MEA is inviting the public to witness the eye-catching display from today, July 28, until August 4. The lights will be turned on from 6.30pm to 9pm each night during the period.Capital to ooze radiance in spectacular light displays for HM’s birthday

The 30 illuminated venues are:

– Amphorn Sathan Residential Hall

– Sukhothai Palace

– Grand Palace

Capital to ooze radiance in spectacular light displays for HM’s birthday– Chitralada Royal Villa

– Sa Pathum Palace

– Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall

– Sanam Suapa

Capital to ooze radiance in spectacular light displays for HM’s birthday– Privy Council House

– Interior Ministry

– Sanam Luang

– Ratchadamnoen Avenue

Capital to ooze radiance in spectacular light displays for HM’s birthday– Watanawipas Building at the MEA HQ

– The MEA’s Ploenchit branch

– Other MEA branches.Capital to ooze radiance in spectacular light displays for HM’s birthdayCapital to ooze radiance in spectacular light displays for HM’s birthdayCapital to ooze radiance in spectacular light displays for HM’s birthday

Published : July 28, 2022

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Marking His Majesty’s birthday

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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his wife Naraporn Chan-o-cha presided over a ceremony offering alms to monks to mark His Majesty the King’s birthday on Thursday.

Marking His Majesty’s birthday

The ceremony took place at Sanam Luang in Bangkok’s Phra Nakhon district.

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Ministers, government officials, soldiers and police officers attended the ceremony.

Photo Credit: Sukpamorn HengprapakornPhoto Credit: Sukpamorn Hengprapakorn

The premier and his wife also presided over a ceremony pledging allegiance to become lawful civil servants in tackling several issues for the country and people in line with royal guidance.

Photo Credit: Sukpamorn HengprapakornPhoto Credit: Sukpamorn HengprapakornPhoto Credit: Sukpamorn HengprapakornPhoto Credit: Sukpamorn HengprapakornPhoto Credit: Sukpamorn HengprapakornPhoto Credit: Sukpamorn HengprapakornPhoto Credit: Sukpamorn HengprapakornPhoto Credit: Sukpamorn Hengprapakorn

Published : July 28, 2022

By : THE NATION