http://www.nationmultimedia.com/2005..._18535462.html THAMMASAT DEBATE: Royal powers forum packed
September 07, 2005
Surayud cans talk; senator says courtís Jaruvan ruling should be nullified The much-anticipated guest speaker didnít turn up, but an unprecedented panel discussion on the highly delicate subject of Royal powers went ahead at Thammasat University yesterday with strong public interest and enthusiasm.
The Kingís constitutional powers and beyond ...
September 06, 2005
Continuity and change is now an almost cliched theme of historical study. Yet the story of the Thai monarchy demonstrates very clearly the continued general validity of such an approach. Thailand is now a constitutional monarchy and a country aspiring to become a newly developed society, but the traditional principles of righteous Buddhist kingship and kingly virtues remain of paramount importance to the present monarchy http://www.bangkokpost.com/Business/12Sep2005_biz04.php
PhD for Crown Prince
HONORARY DEGREES :HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn has been awarded an honorary doctorate in Islamic studies by Prince of Songkhla University's Pattani campus for his work in support of Islam and assistance to residents of the largely Muslim deep South. http://www.bangkokpost.com/News/16Sep2005_news08.php
I have recently read an article titled: "Land of the Living Gods" in the Royalty Monthly magazine (Vol. 19, No. 12). I thought it would be nice to talk about the Royals who once ruled Thailand.
The article says that the first "Thai Kingdom" was founded by two Thai chieftains in 1238. The first king was a military leader named, Tong-Duang (aka General Chakri). He became King Rama I in 1782. He ruled until 1809. He established the city of Bangkok as the capital of Thailand.
King Rama I was succeeded by his son, Prince Isarasundorn who became King Rama II. This king was a painter, writer, and composer. King Rama II died in 1824.
King Rama II's second son, Nangklao became King Rama III in 1824. The king's first son, Mongkut took to the life of a Buddhist monk.
Mongkut later became King Rama IV. Mongkut was the king that was portraied in the theatre play and movie titled: "The King and I". He felt a need to create the right impression amongst foreigners. He ordered the nobility to wear shirts at court. He felt that the traditional dress gave the impression of "Barbarism". King Rama IV died in 1868. The king and his son, Prince Chulalongkorn were struck with malaria during a trip to Wakor to watch the solar eclipse. King Rama died, but his son survived.
King Rama IV's son, Prince Chulalongkorn became King Chulalongkorn in 1868. He became the first Thai king to travel abroad. He visited: Singapore, Java, India, Europe, Sweden, Russia. He modernized the government . He introduced a cabinet system. The king abolished slavery and declared amnesty for political prisoners. The first railroad in Thailand was built during this king's reign. It opened in 1896 and ran from Bangkok to Ayutthaya. Coins, banknotes, and the western calendar were introduced during King Chulalongkorn's reign. Religious freedom was also introduced. Christianity and Islam were made legal. King Chulalongkorn died on October 23, 1910.
Prince Vajiravudh became the next king. He became King Vajiravudh in 1911. This king was educated at Sandhurst Military Academy and Oxford University in England. During his reign, he had the entire works of Shakespeare translated into Thai. He declared war on Germany in 1916 and sent troops to fight amongst the Allies. During this king's reign, polygamy was abolished and compulsory primary education was introduced. King Vajiravudh died in 1925 without a male heir.
Prince Prajadhipok successed his brother as King Rama VII. In 1932, he developed a constitution where he shared power with a prime minister. His advisors blocked the plan. A bloodless coup d'etat took place on June 24, 1932. The coup brought about a constitution. This coup did mark the beginning of 60 years of military dominance. King Prajadhipok and his wife, Queen Rampaipannee went into exile in England in 1935. He died in England in 1941.
***Can anyone add any more info about these royals?
***Does anyone know about the story of the murder of King Rama VIII? The article mentions the murder but does not go into details.
WFP welcomes visit by Princess of Thailand to India Bangkok, 22 November 2005 - At a time when support for childrenís nutrition and education in Asia is more needed than ever, WFP has welcomed a visit by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand to WFP projects in Orissa, India.
<A name=IDA0NE2J>Her Royal Highness, who is WFPís Special Ambassador for School Feeding, will visit a school in Koraput district of Orissa province where children receive fortified meals through a WFP programme, as well as a joint project with the Government of India that aims to improve nutrition and health among mothers and young children.
<A name=IDA4PE2J>The visit is particularly welcome as it highlights the need to focus on both childrenís education and nutrition in Asia. https://www.wfp.org/english/?ModuleID=137&Key=1930
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#1-2: Indian President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (2R) presents the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development to Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand (L) during a ceremony at The Presidential Palace in New Delhi, 19 November 2005. The Princess was given the award in recognition for the great services rendered by her to humanity.
#3: Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand (L) shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (R) as Chairperson of India's UPA government and Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi (C) looks on during a cermony at The Presidential Palace in New Delhi 19 November 2005. Indian President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam presented the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development to Sirindhorn in recognition for the great services rendered by her to humanity.
No entry for princess
22nov05 THAILAND'S Crown Princess Sirindhorn was denied entry to a famous Hindu temple in Bhubaneshwar in eastern India because she is a foreigner and Buddhist... http://www.theadvertiser.news.com.au...55E912,00.html (a glitch in the article, Sirindhorn is not a crown princess)
Princess calls for more opportunities
Educational opportunities should be provided for people with special needs including the disabled, people in remote areas, ethnic groups and prison inmates, HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn said yesterday. http://www.bangkokpost.com/News/26Nov2005_news06.php
Princess Sirivannari Nariratana of Thailand competes in a women's badminton doubles match between Thailand and Philippines during the Southeast Asian Games in Manila, Philippines, Thursday 01 December 2005.
King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit parade on a limousin after they reviewed the honor guard in Bangkok Friday, Dec. 2, 2005. King Bhumibol will turn 78 on Dec. 5 as Thailand also celebrate the 59th anniversary of his coronation
BANGKOK, Dec. 1 (Xinhuanet) -- Thailand will hold a grand ceremony to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the King's ascension to the throne in June next year.
King Bhumibol Adulyadej, now the world's longest-reigning monarch, was born on Dec. 5, 1927. He became the ninth king of theChakri Dynasty in June 1946.
Kingdom marks HMís birthday, reign of 60 years. Celebrations in homage to His Majesty the King have begun throughout the country and will continue throughout next year, marking first of all His Majestyís 78th birthday tomorrow and then the 60th anniversary of his accession to the throne on June 9.
i'm wondering, do TRF have members from Thailand? could anyone inform me when (the date & month), the big celebration with all the foreign royals coming is going to take place?
To mark HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn's 50th birthday, the Federation of Thai Printing Industries has published a collection of watercolour paintings. The 50 original paintings, which capture the Princess's many visits abroad, are by Taweepong Limapornvanich.
The hardback 84-page book is in full colour and costs 950 baht. Proceeds will go to the Princess's charity projects.
Thai govt ready for tsunami commemorative ceremony
BANGKOK, Dec 22 (TNA) Ė The Thai government has said all is set for the December 26 commemorative ceremony marking one year since the tsunami killed more than 5,000 people in the country's six Andaman coastal provinces.
Memorial service arrangements were completed and a high level of security was being maintained at all venues, said Deputy Prime Minister Suwat Liptapanlop.
The government has invited foreign dignitaries, diplomatic corps, survivors and the families of tsunami victims to attend the ceremony.
Princess Ubonrattana will be the honorary chairperson of the Interfaith Memorial Service at 6.20 p.m.
i just watched the Thai Tsunami Remembrance Ceremony over at BBC Int'l.
Princess UbolRatana gave a speech accompanied by her two daughters.
At the end of the speech, she talked about her son who was killed by the tsunami.
The Princess and her two daughters look so gorgeous...
too bad we don't see them often.
Thai Princess Ubolratana and her daughters Srikittiya Jansen and Ploypailin Jansen preside a one-year tsunami memorial ceremony at Bang Niang beach near Khao Lak in Pang-nga province, southern Thailand Monday, Dec. 26, 2005. The world remembered the fury of the Indian Ocean tsunami that one year ago Monday swept away at least 216,000 people in 12 countries and laid waste to entire communities in one of the worst natural disasters in memory.
Princess draws inner strength from memories of Khun Poom
Princess Ubolratana yesterday urged people who lost loved ones in last year's tsunami to take strength from the memory of those they held so dear. At the tsunami memorial service in Phangnga, the princess said she had transformed the memories she had of Khun Poom Jensen, her only son who was killed in the tsunami in Phangnga province, into a form of inner strength to help her carry on and carry out work for the country.
``Like them, Nong Poom, my beloved, is always in my heart. The thought of Nong Poom is turned into willpower. Nong Poom wants his mum to work for the country and mum intends to do that. Mum will not go anywhere,'' Princess Ubolratana said.
I really applaud all persons like the Royal Family of Thailand who in one way or another are still standing strong and have remain courageous after the tsunami that hit the areas near the Indian Ocean.
We will always remember all those who died and the victims of the said calamity.
I got a link of an article from thesunrunner.com
I hope this article could give us a deeper insight on Princess Ubolratana and his great love for his son, the late Khun Poom Jensen.
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