All provinces nationwide will hold a merit-making ceremony and organize activities to pay tribute to His Royal Highness the Crown Prince on 27-28 July 2012.
According to the Permanent Secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office, Professor Tongthong Chandransu, various faiths will organize religious functions in celebration of this auspicious occasion, as well.
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration is scheduled to hold a religious ceremony to offer food to 161 monks on 28 July, in the morning, at Sanam Luang ceremonial ground. At 19.19 hr on the same day, also at Sanam Luang, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra will preside over a ceremony of paying tribute to His Royal Highness in front of the royal portrait, before leading the candle-lit function to offer felicitations to the Crown Prince.
The Permanent Secretary has urged Thai people from all walks of life to join the activities as a tribute to His Royal Highness. They were also encouraged to display the flag with the ceremonial emblem for the celebrations of the 60th birthday of the Crown Prince on their premise to show their love and respect for him.
The Treasury Department, Ministry of Finance, is producing three types of commemorative coins in commemoration of this special occasion. They will be available from 27 July onwards at the Treasury Department on Soi Areesamphan, Rama VI Road, in Bangkok and at the Treasury Office in all provinces.
His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn is the only son, the second of four children, of Their Majesties the King and Queen. He was born in Bangkok in 1952. After completing his primary education in Thailand, His Royal Highness attended secondary school in England and then went to Australia to continue his studies. He graduated from the famous Royal Military College, Duntroon, Australian Capital Territory.
After that, he returned to Thailand to take up his duties which, besides serving in the Royal Army, include frequent provincial tours and representing His Majesty the King at various functions and ceremonies. His Royal Highness was invested as Crown Prince by His Majesty in 1972. With funds donated by the public, he established the “Crown Prince Hospitals” to serve as medical and health care centers for people living in remote areas. By the year 1977, Crown Prince Hospitals had been set up in 21 locations. As of the year 2011, these hospitals had become major community hospitals providing services of international standard to the general public.