The Government has launched a project to produce a number of commemorative pins to honor the memory of Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana Krom Luang Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra.
Permanent Secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office Chulayuth Hirunyavasit, in his capacity as chairman of the commemorative pin production committee, said that the project would mark the royal cremation of Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana, which was scheduled for 14-19 November 2008.
On this occasion, the Permanent Secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office has been granted royal permission to produce and sell commemorative pins, so that people would possess them for collection and decoration in remembrance of the Princess, who passed away on January 2 this year. The project is among many ways in which the people join the Government to show their love and to pay their respects to the late Princess, the elder sister of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Proceeds from the sale of these pins will go to the Princess Galyani Vadhana Fund for charity purposes.
The Permanent Secretary said that it was Captain Jidas Sornsongkram, the grandson of the Princess, who had designed the commemorative pin, 2.2x3 centimeters in size. Captain Jidas is also a member of the committee responsible for organizing the royal cremation.
The front of the pin has the Princess’ initials drawn under a small crown on a background of white, which was chosen by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. The initials are decorated with crystal. The back features the birthday of the Princess and the day when she passed away. It also shows the logo of the Prime Minister’s Office, in the figures of the lion-king and the fabulous lion with an elephant’s trunk.
The Gem and Jewelry Industry Club of the Federation of Thai Industries has been entrusted with producing the commemorative pin, contained in a blue box. The outer part of the box depicts the Princess’ initials in gold, while the inside bears the words “Commemorative Pin in Remembrance of Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana Krom Luang Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra.”
The Government Public Relations Department has been publicizing the commemorative pin through its radio and television networks across the country. Each pin is priced at 150 baht. Reservations for the pins are now being accepted at Government House and all branches of the Government Savings Bank, Krung Thai Bank, Siam Commercial Bank, Bangkok Bank, and the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives. The coins will be available from Monday, September 1, onwards. For more information, please call 02-280-7383-5 and 02-282-0694.