Thursday, August 13, 2009

Birthday of HM Queen Sirikit

12. August 2009 - Thailand is celebrating the birthday of HM Queen Sirikit, the world’s longest serving consort of a monarch, who celebrated her 77th birthday yesterday.

HM Queen Sirikit was born in 1932 and was married to HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej on April 28, 1950, only a week before the coronation of King Bhumibol.

Queen Sirikit also bears the title Queen Regent of Thailand, bestowed upon her after she served as Regent while King Bhumibol undertook a period of service as a Buddhist monk.

She is known for her charity work, which includes serving as honorary President of the Thai Red Cross.

Queen Sirikit received the UNICEF Recognition Award and the UNIFEM Award of Excellence in 1992 in recognition of her work fostering the role of Thai women.

August 12 is also Mothers Day in Thailand and a public holiday.

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