04/10/2013 (press release: JaturontThan) // Jaturont Thanapura
Their Royal Highnesses King Rama IX and Queen Sinkrit are the longest-running monarchs in Thailand’s history. For her part, Her Majesty the Queen has long been associated with a various amount of charitable acts since essentially the beginning of her reign, having not only spearheaded initiatives like the Royally Initiated Natural Resources Rehabilitation projects, but countless other charitable acts that have cementer her legacy as one of the most well-loved monarchs in the modern world.
In part because of her long history of helping refugees from nearby Cambodia and Burma, the Thai branch of the International Red cross has awarded her the role of honorary president. While this role is technically a ceremonial one, her longstanding record of charitable and philanthropic work makes the title little more than an acknowledgement that our queen is a true national treasure, as opposed to a ceremonial head of state who merely occupies her time with frivolous social functions. In acknowledgement of this work, she’s been awarded eighteen international awards from as many different charitable societies and 39 honorary degrees from as many colleges and universities.
Over the course of the last decade, Her Majesty the Queen’s role as the primary emissary of goodwill in our country has been especially prominent, though unfortunately due to the onset of two extreme natural disasters during that time period.
She was born Mom Rajawongse Sirikit Kitiyakara on the 12th of August in 1932, the very year that the monarchical system was changed from that of absolute monarchy to the constitutional one we enjoy to this day.
When the Pacific War ended, her father, Mom Chao Nakkhatra Mangkala Kitiyakara, was appointed minister Plenipotentiary to St. James, England. When she was nearly 14 years old, she went with her family to England, where she continued her education. She studied the french and English languages as well as piano with appointed tutors while there. The family was then ordered to move to Paris, where she studied at the prestigious Parisian Music Academy.
It was in another governmentally-appointed move, this time to Switzerland, when she met Prince Bhumibol Adulyadej. The two gradually fell in love, were engaged in July 1949 and married at Sra pathum Palace on April 28th, 1950.
A week later, Prince Bhumibol Adulyadej was crowned King of Thailand, with newly-crowned Princess Sirkit assuming the role of Her Royal Majesty the Queen.
Over the last six decades, Her Majesty the Queen has graced the military with her moral support and physical presence during many of the more trying times our country has seen, adding a moral weight devoid of politics to the struggles our military has faced against some of the most lawless terrorists we have ever seen. She’s steadfastly stood with us as the moral center of a sometimes complicated and messy world, adding light and strength at every turn.
In the mean time, she’s been able to use her position to rise above these national disagreements, never sullying her image with scandal or controversy.
Where there was dissent and lawlessness among the hill people in the North, Her Majesty the Queen made frequent visits and initiated many projects in order to help them. With, for instance, the Little House in the Big Forest Initiative, she was able to instill in these villagers a sense of peaceful and useful coexistence that remains to this day.
Where there has been dissent in the South among militants, dissidents, and the rightful government, Her Majesty the Queen has not hesitated to lend her voice and influence to try and broker peace. She has not, as ceremonial heads of other states might have done, shied away from reaching out to people under her rule. Rather, it’s been the queen’s steadfast support of her people as one Thailand that gives hope to those who have their lives put at risk every day.
It’s not easy to be royalty in this country, even though it could easily be if she so chose. A lesser woman would rather busy herself with social gatherings than actually engage in the welfare of her people.Thankfully for the people of Thailand, Her Majesty the Queen is not only a good monarch, but a vertiable saint of our time.
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