The year 2012 marks the 80th birthday anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit. As a tribute to Her Majesty, the Government Public Relations Department (PRD) has published the Book By the Grace of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit.
The book features life and work of Her Majesty, who is recognized as Mother of the Land. Since her first appearance by the side of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1950, Her Majesty Queen Sirikit has been the benefactress of the land, the joy and inspiration of the Thai nation.
Soon after the fairy-tale royal wedding, Their Majesties the King and Queen started their journey on a familiarization trip throughout Thailand. They encountered the harsh conditions in which their subjects lived and scraped for their livelihood. As His Majesty sought ways to eliminate hardship and poverty in the land, Her Majesty tried her best to support his work, focusing on supplementing people’s household incomes with crafts and other works.
They later spent the greater part of each year visiting various regions of the country, with regional palaces set up as royal headquarters. The King and Queen set out to personally follow up and supervise uncountable projects initiated to help their subjects, especially the underprivileged in remote rural areas of the country.
Whenever and wherever a disaster struck, Their Majesties the King and Queen would be promptly present among the people. They worked out assistance plans and diligently pursued the results to make the despondent self-reliant again.
With her great compassion and keen aesthetic sense, Her Majesty the Queen initiated various projects to improve rural life, livelihood, and the environment in all localities visited by her.
Fine artistic skills and craftsmanship in the area, natural resources, and folk traditions have been brought in to help impoverished people earn extra income. Thus emerged invaluable craft items, admired as works of art. Her Majesty seized every opportunity to emphasize that they were created by the hands that tilled the land and produced food for the world.
With such keen concern for the people’s livelihood, Her Majesty initiated conservation programs for watershed areas, forests, plants, wildlife, and marine life all over the country. And from her great kindness and compassion toward all lives, the highly-regarded conservation and rehabilitation programs were instituted in all areas, some initiated by Her Majesty, and others in response to her concerns or in her honor on various significant occasions.
Her Majesty has virtually revived a host of dying arts, breathing new life into ancient crafts and performing arts such as the masked dance drama khon. She also saved endangered species of fauna and flora from the brink of extinction and thereby enlivened the dying land, depleted of life in several areas of the country.
Her Majesty Queen Sirikit has been a source of inspiration and the subject of real affection and devotion among the Thai people, realized and felt beyond the borders of Thailand. She is the image of what is beautiful in humanity, the pride of the Thai nation.