Almost 300 Projects and Activities Carried Out in Celebration of His Majesty the King’s 80th Birthday

A total of 286 projects and activities have been carried out in celebration of the 80th birthday anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. They were selected and approved by the Committee on Projects and Activities for the Celebrations on the Auspicious Occasion of His Majesty the King’s 80th Birthday Anniversary 5th December 2007.

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Female Inmates Will Present World's Longest Batik to HM the King

Female inmates in Thailand, one of them is an African, will present the world's longest batik, 299.99 meters, to His Majesty the King on the auspicious occation of His Majesty's 80th birthday anniversary on 5 December 2007. The 1,599 inmates will complete their 29-day batik work, in which they imprint His Majesty the King's royal activities and projects, by 3 December 2007. They also join prison officials in writing their best wishes for the beloved monarch. Before beginning the batik work, the inmates took oaths before the King's portrait, promising to do good deeds for society and to follow his advices when they are released from prisons.

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HM the King Is Back to Work

His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej can now perform his royal activities after recovering from his illness. The revered monarch began his work yesterday, granting an audience to heads of delegation to the 9th Congress of the International Association of Supreme Administrative Jurisdictions (IASAJ) at Chitralada Villa. Bangkok hosts the 9th IASAJ Congress, which is scheduled to end today.

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Fireworks on Display to Celebrate HM the King's Birthday

Thai government will organize a five-night firework festival in Bangkok and Rayong provinces to celebrate HM the King's 80th birthday anniversary. Minister to the Prime Minister's Office Khunying Dhipavadee Meksawan said the firework festival, titled "Kreukfa Kongpathapi Sadudi Maharacha," will be held from December 4-8. Magnificent displays will take place at the Royal Turf Club, Chao Phraya River's bank near Rama 9 Bridge, Royal Bangkok Sports Club on Henry Dunant Road, Mae Pim beachfront in Rayong province, and Bangkok's Benchakiti Park and Queen Sirikit National Convention Center respectively.

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Famous Russian Ballet Troupe to Stage Birthday Performance for HM the King

A world famous ballet troupe will stage a special performance for His Majesty the King in December as an 80th birthday present from Russian President Vladimir Putin. The renowned ballet from the Mariinsky Theater in Russia will perform at the Thailand Cultural Center on December 6-8. The Russian troupe impressed Her Majesty the Queen during her state visit to Russia in July to commemorate 110 years of ties between Thailand and Russia, and she relayed her impressions of the ballet in her birthday speech to well-wishers on August 12. The Mariinsky ballet was set up in 1783 in Saint Petersburg and has produced several world class performers, including Uliana Lopatkina.

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His Majesty the King Honored with International Awards for His Inventions

His Majesty the King has been honored with awards from two international organizations, one from Hungary’s International Federation of Inventors’ Association, or IFIA, and the other from the Republic of Korea’s Korea Invention Promotion Association, or KIPA.

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HM the King Given Awards for Inventions

Two foreign research agencies have bestowed prestigious awards on His Majesty the King for his outstanding inventions. The Budapest-based International Federation of Inventors' Association (IFIA) has presented the IFIA Cup 2007 for His Majesty's Chai Pattana areator. The Federation has also presented its Genius Medal prize to honor His Majesty's Self-Sufficiency Philosophy and his New Theory, which revives farming techniques based on Thai wisdom focusing on minimal use of resources but aiming for higher agricultural productivity. Meanwhile, the Korea Institute of Public Administration has presented a special prize to His Majesty for his contributions to Thai society. It said His Majesty's inventions had been proven practical and useful.

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Pink Fever Spreads For HM the King's Good Health

The "Pink Fever" is quickly spreading across Thailand as people from all walks of life have flocked to buy pink T-shirts or shirts symbolizing His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej's good health. The Ministry of Culture has invited people to wear pink clothing as pink is an astrological symbol for His Majesty the King's good health. Wearing pink or yellow clothing is both an emblem commemorating the auspicious occasion of His Majesty the King's 80th birthday anniversary on 5 December 2007. The beloved monarch himself wore a pink suit when he left Bangkok's Siriraj Hospital for Chitralada Villa yesterday after a 25-day medical treatment amid thousands of yellow-clad well-wishers along the route.

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HM the King Is Discharged from Hospital

His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej is set to be discharged from Siriraj Hospital today. The Bureau of the Royal Household announced the good news in its 26th statement last night following an earlier statement saying that His Majesty the King can now walk for short distance without support and can take normal meals. His Majesty was admitted to Siriraj Hospital on 13 October 2007 for treatment over mild symptom of inadequate blood flow in the outer part of his left-side brain, known as cerebral ischemia, causing His Majesty losing strength over the right side of his body. The beloved monarch has steadily regained strength, but doctors have asked him to continue his physical exercises after returning to Chitralada Villa.

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HRH Princess Galyani Is Further Recovering

The Bureau of the Royal Household announced that HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana was more alert with no fever today. She could also sit upright on her bed and could occasionally sit in the wheelchair. HRH Princess Galyani, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej's eldest sister, has been diagnosed with cancer since June this year and has been admitted to Siriraj Hospital to receive medicine treatment. The Princess, 84, is also having problems with the right side of her body as some parts of her brain are dysfunctional, caused by bloodclots. Doctors have continued treating the Princess with antibiotics and physical therapy.



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