Grand Celebrations for Her Majesty the Queen’s 80th Birthday (26/07/2012)
The public and private sectors have been urged to join grand celebrations for Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s 80th birthday on 12 August 2012.

The Government has set the period from 1 May 2012 to 31 December 2012 for the celebrations, with many activities and projects to be carried out as a tribute to Her Majesty.

The National Commission on the Celebrations, chaired by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, met on 10 July, when relevant agencies were told that His Majesty the King had granted the title for the eight-month celebrations "The Celebrations on the Auspicious Occasion of Her Majesty the Queen's 80th Birthday Anniversary 12th August 2012."

A major merit-making ceremony and candle-lit function as felicitations to Her Majesty will take place at Sanam Luang ceremonial ground in Bangkok on 12 August. The Santi Maitri Building within Government House will be used as the main venue for a garden party and banquet in honor of Her Majesty, to be hosted by the Government.

A 19-story building will be constructed in the compound of Phramongkutklao Hospital in Bangkok to provide medical services to general patients. Construction of the 538-bed building will be carried out from 2013 to 2015. A concert in honor of Her Majesty will be held at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center in Bangkok on 5 September.

The concert will also consist of a variety show featuring Her Majesty’s work on Thai fabrics, reforestation, and the Foundation for Supplementary Occupations and Related Techniques (SUPPORT), established by Her Majesty the Queen. An exhibition on the life and work of Her Majesty will be held at the CentralWorld shopping complex in Bangkok between 9 and 15 August. The exhibition will include a display of Thai silk and a fashion show of Thai fabrics. Her Majesty the Queen will be invited to open the event on 9 August.

The Office of the Permanent Secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office is joining forces with MCOT Company and Panorama Worldwide Company in producing two documentaries, which emphasize Their Majesties the King and Queen’s activities in the northeastern and central regions. Each documentary will last 20-30 minutes and will be produced during the 2012 fiscal year.

In the 2013 fiscal year, another two documentaries will be produced featuring Their Majesties’ activities in the northern and southern regions. Each will also last 20-30 minutes.The Government will launch a major reforestation project, as part of the celebrations of Her Majesty the Queen’s 80th birthday anniversary.

Under the project to be launched on August 8, 800 million saplings will be planted for a period of five years, from 2012 to 2016. In 2012 alone, 20 million saplings will be planted in river basin areas. Prime Minister Yingluck will preside over the reforestation ceremony in Chiang Mai province, and four deputy prime ministers will preside over the ceremonies in the four regions of the country. The project is meant to show gratitude to Her Majesty, whose role in reforestation and tree planting campaigns has been well-recognized. Her idea is to enable humans and forests to live together without destruction.

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