The Immortal Chaplains of S.S. Dorchester

On February 3, 1943, the United States War Shipping Administration troop ship S.S. Dorchester was sunk in the Labrador Sea by a torpedo from a German U-boat. Of the 904 on board, 675 died. Dorchester had been sailing to Greenland as part of naval convoy SG 19 when the U-boat attacked. The loss of the ship became especially famous because of the story of the … Continue reading The Immortal Chaplains of S.S. Dorchester

Anzac Day, Lest We Forget

April 25 is observed each year as Anzac Day — a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders “who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations” and “the contribution and suffering of all those who have served”. Anzac Day was originally devised to honor the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army … Continue reading Anzac Day, Lest We Forget

The Royal Cremation of King Bhumibol — Thailand Post #1135 (2017)

Today. October 26, 2017, is the second of five days of funeral ceremonies for His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great (Rama IX) of Thailand. The procession of the Royal Urn and Coffin begins at 9:00 this morning from the Dusit Maha Phasat Throne Hall to the Royal Crematorium at Sanam Luang Royal Plaza where the actual cremation will take place at 10:00 … Continue reading The Royal Cremation of King Bhumibol — Thailand Post #1135 (2017)

70 Years of King Bhumibol’s Reign – Thailand Post #1115 (2017)

At the time of his death on October 13, 2016, His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Aduyladej (Rama IX) had ruled Thailand for 70 years, 4 months and eight days — by far, the longest ruling monarch in the world. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth of England will not surpass this length of time until late June 2022, should she live that long. To mark this … Continue reading 70 Years of King Bhumibol’s Reign – Thailand Post #1115 (2017)

King Bhumibol’s Stamp-Collecting Daughter — Thailand #3272 (2015)

On April 2, 1955, His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) and Her Majesty Queen Sirikit gave birth to their third child (and second daughter) at Amphorn Sathan Residential Hall in Bangkok’s Dusit Palace. Born Princess Sirindhorn Debaratanasuda Kitivadhanadulsobhak (สิรินธรเทพรัตนสุดา กิติวัฒนาดุลโสภาคย์), her full ceremonial title is Somdech Phra Debaratanarajasuda Chao Fa Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Rathasimagunakornpiyajat Sayamboromrajakumari (สมเด็จพระเทพรัตนราชสุดา เจ้าฟ้ามหาจักรีสิรินธร รัฐสีมาคุณากรปิยชาติ สยามบรมราชกุมารี ), which was … Continue reading King Bhumibol’s Stamp-Collecting Daughter — Thailand #3272 (2015)

King Bhumibol’s Sufficiency Economy — Thailand #2209 (2005)

Today is a national holiday in Thailand commemorating the death anniversary of Phra Bat Somdet Phra Poraminthra Maha Chulalongkorn Phra Chunla Chom Klao Chao Yu Hua (พระบาทสมเด็จพระปรมินทรมหาจุฬาลงกรณ์ พระจุลจอมเกล้าเจ้าอยู่หัว), better known simply as King Chulalongkorn or Rama V. I’ve written about him several times on this blog, including last year’s Chulalongkorn Day. This month, I have devoted the blog to the memory of His Majesty the late … Continue reading King Bhumibol’s Sufficiency Economy — Thailand #2209 (2005)

The Thai Grand Palace — Thailand #561 (1970)

The body of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama IX, has been lying-in-state at Phra Thinang Dusit Maha Prasat (พระที่นั่งดุสิตมหาปราสาท) throne hall within the compound of Bangkok’s Grand Palace (พระบรมมหาราชวัง — Phra Borom Maha Ratcha Wang) since it was moved from Sirioj Hospital on the evening of October 14, 2016, a day following his death at the age of 88 years old. In just … Continue reading The Thai Grand Palace — Thailand #561 (1970)

Bang Pa-In Royal Palace — Thailand #1114 (1985)

Royal residences of the Chakri Dynasty are scattered throughout Thailand and include the Grand Palace, nineteen royal palaces (พระราชวัง — phra ratcha wang — official residences of His Majesty the King and uparaja stipulated as such by royal decree) and other palaces (วัง — wang) used by the king or other members of the royal family. The Bureau of the Royal Household administers and manages several current … Continue reading Bang Pa-In Royal Palace — Thailand #1114 (1985)