Sirikit, the queen consort of King Bhumibol, was born on 12th August 1932. She met Bhumibol in Paris, where her father was the Thai ambassador. They married in 1950, shortly before Bhumibol’s coronation. Sirikit was appointed Queen Regent in 1956. Her birthday is celebrated every year across Thailand with early morning alms giving to monks and a candlelight ceremony in the evening. Around this time, Ratchadamnoen Avenue in Bangkok is brightly lit up at night with portraits of the Queen.
In Bangkok, there will be a merit making ceremony by offering alms to monks on Sanam Luang from 6:30am. The same event happens at nearly every provincial hall around Thailand. This is usually followed by the releasing of fish or birds. Next, government officials will dress in their white uniforms and pledge allegiance to the monarchy.
In the evening, people will return to Sanam Luang in Bangkok, and at provincial halls around Thailand, to take part in a candlelight ceremony for Her Majesty the Queen. Officially this starts at 7:29pm, but really the ceremony will start earlier at around 6pm. After the singing of songs, there will be a fireworks display. Followed by some more performances.
The pictures on this page were all taken at Samut Prakan Provincial Hall.