Preparations are now underway for the celebrations of two major occasions in 2012; one is the celebrations of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s 80th birthday anniversary and the other the celebrations of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn’s fifth-cycle, or 60th, birthday anniversary.
The Government has issued two orders appointing national commissions on the celebrations of the two auspicious occasions, with the Prime Minister chairing both commissions.
The President of the Privy Council, the President of Parliament, the President of the Supreme Court, and the Senate Speaker were appointed advisors to the national commissions.
The Government stated that as a tribute to Her Majesty on her 80th birthday, 12 August 2012, and to His Royal Highness the Crown Prince on his 60th birthday, 28 July 2012, the Government and the Thai people will together show gratitude and loyalty to Her Majesty and His Royal Highness.
In this regard, the Government and the people will join hands in conducting various projects and activities to commemorate these two occasions. Both national commissions are responsible for setting guidelines for the celebrations and assigning related agencies to carry out projects and activities, as part of the celebrations.
Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Yongyoot Wichaidit was entrusted by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to chair a meeting of the National Commission on the Celebrations on the Auspicious Occasion of His Royal Highness the Crown Prince’s Fifth- Cycle Birthday Anniversary. The meeting, which took place on 8 May, agreed that projects and activities in celebration of this special occasion begin on 1 May and run through 31 December 2012.
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration will organize a ceremony to offer alms to 61 Buddhist monks. Other provinces nationwide will also hold a similar ceremony as merit for His Royal Highness. The meeting also assigned the Religious Affairs Department to urge religious organizations of all faiths to join this occasion by performing religious rites. The Office of National Buddhism will tell all Buddhist temples to hold religious ceremonies simultaneously on Saturday, 28 July.
The meeting agreed that all projects and activities to commemorate this occasion should be held in the form of public services, without extravagance, in response to His Royal Highness’s wishes. The Bureau of the Royal Household is preparing the schedule for royal ceremonies to mark this occasion before submitting it for royal endorsement.