The Government will host the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the birth of the late Queen Sri Savarindira, whose name has been listed in the UNESCO Calendar of Anniversaries of Great Personalities and Historic Events, 2012-2013.
Also known as Queen Savang Vadhana, Queen Sri Savarindira was a royal consort of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) and the grandmother of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
The Ministry of Culture received royal permission to nominate the Queen Grandmother to be honored by UNESCO as one of the great personalities for the years 2012-2013. The Queen Grandmother contributed greatly to the country, especially in education, medical science, and cultural preservation. She was admired for her outstanding work and achievements, thus benefiting the general public.
For instance, Queen Sri Savarindira granted scholarships to Thai students to study medicine and nursing abroad. She gave financial support to various schools and hospitals, and in particular, she established the Thai Red Cross Society.
According to a report submitted to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, the Queen Grandmother continues to be revered to this day in Thailand for her foresight in many fields of development and humanitarian assistance. Her enduring concern for and personal patronage of medical and educational services for the welfare of the people, particularly the rural poor, has in many ways set the path for the benevolent actions of the present-day King and other members of Thailand’s royal family. Of particular note was her role in founding the country’s Red Cross Society. On an international level, she helped to enhance the country’s diplomatic relations.
The 36th Session of UNESCO’s General Conference, held in Paris from 25 October to 10 November 2011, resolved to include Queen Sri Savarindira in the prestigious list of anniversaries to be celebrated under the auspices of UNESCO between 2012 and 2013.
Born on 10 September 1862, Queen Sri Savarindira was a daughter of King Mongkut (Rama IV). During her childhood, the Queen Grandmother received her education in the palace, studying letters and other subjects befitting the education of a princess of the royal court. She was bright and intelligent, with a keen memory. She passed away in 1955, at the age of 93.
The year 2012 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of the late Queen Sri Savarindira. The Government has formed nine committees to be responsible for the celebrations of this special occasion in honor of the Queen Grandmother. Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, who is also Chairperson of the Queen Savang Vadhana Foundation, has accepted to chair the advisory board for the organizing of the celebrations. The Ministry of Culture and the Queen Savang Vadhana Foundation serve as the core organizations in arranging activities in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of the late Queen Sri Savarindira.