Tuesday, October 22, 2013

H.M. Queen Sirikit's 80th Birthday Anniversary


Born 12 Aug 1932, Her Majesty Queen Sirikit is the queen consort of Bhumibol Adulyadej, King (Rama IX) of Thailand. Queen Sirikit was appointed Queen Regent in 1956. As the consort of the king who is the world's longest-reigning head of state, Her Majesty is also the world's longest-serving consort of a monarch.

Her Majesty had been supporting His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej in His Majesty's duties to improve the Thai people's lives and alleviate their problems continuously. Her Majesty's fame has been accepted in international level and global-renowned organisations.

Her Majesty has long been performing a variety of charitable activities and often provides assistance to needy families. Her tireless efforts in helping to improve the well-being of all Thais have been well recognised in the hearts of Thai people.

In conjunction with Her Majesty's 80th birthday celebration, Thailand Post has issued a set of commemorative stamps which elegantly show portrait drawings of Her Majesty at every ten years of age. In addition, the very best of this collection is a special design (the middle stamp in above second cover) depicting a side portrait of Her Majesty wearing tiara, with pearl effect ink and embossing technique as well as 22 karat gold embossed on the stamp texts.

The colour of the stamp sheets reflect the birth day of the Queen. According to Buddhist/Hindu tradition, blue is associated with Friday, which is the birth day of the Queen. Interesting!

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 12 Aug 2012
Postmark : Bangkok
Denomination : 8 x 5 Baht and 40 Baht
Stamp Size : 40mm x 40mm
Printing Process : Lithography (Hot Foil Stamping and Embossing), Multi-colour

A LIL' NOTE

Queen Sirikit's birthday, as is the king's, is a national holiday, and is also Mothers' Day in Thailand. Mother’s Day was first introduced to Thailand on 15 Apr 1950. In 1976, Mother’s Day was changed to 12 Aug to commemorate the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, the Mother of all Thai people.

I bought the above covers as a memento during my visit to Phuket in 2012, just a day before Her Majesty's 80th birthday. We were told that no alcohol would be sold or served on this special day, as a respect to Her Majesty.

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