Queen Sirikit, the Mother of all Thai People

Her Majesty Queen Mother Sirikit of Thailand (สมเด็จพระนางเจ้าสิริกิติ์ พระบรมราชินีนาถ,  Somdet Phra Nang Chao Sirikit Phra Borommarachininat) celebrates her 85th birthday today, having been born on August 12, 1932, in the Pathum Wan (ปทุมวัน) District of Bangkok. First declared by the Thai government in 1976, the official name of the holiday celebrating the Queen’s birthday is Wan Chaloem Phra Chonmaphansa Somdet Phra Nang Chao Sirikit Phra Borom Rachininat … Continue reading Queen Sirikit, the Mother of all Thai People

Thailand’s National Day

For many years, December 5 has been marked in Thailand as the birthday anniversary of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej (King Rama IX), with the holiday officially called วันคล้ายวันเฉลิมพระชนมพรรษาพระบาทสมเด็จพระปรมินทรมหาภูมิพลอดุลยเดช บรมนาถบพิตร (Wan Khlai Wan Chaloem Phra Chonmaphansa Phra Bat Somdet Phra Paramin Maha Phumiphon Adunyadet Borommanat Bophit) in Thai. The date has also been observed as Father’s Day in the Kingdom as King Bhumibol … Continue reading Thailand’s National Day

The New King, Maha Vajiralongkorn — Thailand #628 (1972)

With the Royal Cremation of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great (Rama IX) of Thailand in lavish ceremonies and processions starting early yesterday morning and continuing until late last night, Thursday, October 13, 2017 (only the second day of the five-day funeral), all eyes will begin to focus on his successor, King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun (Rama X). The only son of King … Continue reading The New King, Maha Vajiralongkorn — Thailand #628 (1972)

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)