Chakri Dynasty

Thai university row arouses fear of bloodshed

The Thai political crisis has reached another boiling point, with hardline royalists accusing a group of young law professors from the esteemed Thammasat University of attempting to overthrow the monarchy.

Tuesday, 7 February, 2012, 12:00am

Thai floods become target for politicking

Parts of Bangkok and much of the country's central plain have been submerged in floodwaters for a while now, devastating people's livelihoods. Equally damaging is the political backwash that now threatens to shorten the term of Yingluck Shinawatra's government.

18 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Crown prince tries to emerge from king's shadow

As Thailand celebrated the 60-year reign of King Bhumibol Adulyadej last year, it was his only son who spoke on behalf of the royal family.

'I and your loyal family vow that we are determined to be honest and loyal, in honour and harmony, refraining from any act that might make your majesty unhappy,' Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn said.

15 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

In Brief

YouTube angers Thais again

22 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

A golden beginning

Golden, glistening floats will light up the Lunar New Year parade, a portent to good fortune in the widely hyped year of the 'golden pig'.

16 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Nation feels Queen's healing touch

More than 340,000 Thais, especially those living in remote areas, have been helped by a royal initiative to cure the sick

QUEEN SIRIKIT is renowned for her dedication to projects that help the needy, especially those of her subjects living in the rural parts of the country.

12 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Queen Sirikit


Wife and Queen Consort of Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX), King of Thailand

Formal name and title

Somdej Phra Nangchao Sirikit Phra Boromarajininat (Her Majesty Queen Sirikit)

Name at birth

Mom Rajawongse Sirikit Kitiyakara

Date of birth August 12, 1932 (now Mother's Day in Thailand)

12 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Breaking the vicious cycle of poverty

POVERTY DEPRIVES ITS victims of opportunities and is passed on from generation to generation. Children from impoverished families lack education, and the few who attend school will drop out early so that they can work and support their families.

Queen Sirikit's vision is to solve this problem at the core.

12 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Celluloid history

In an era of digital movie trickery and bloated budgets, we're accustomed to watching big- screen historical epics with an infinite number of characters. But, in the case of Thailand's latest movie extravaganza, what you see is pretty much what you get: thousands of 16th-century warriors battling on an outdoor movie set in the lush jungle of Kanchanaburi, west of Bangkok.

28 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Royals on parade to crown celebrations

The heart of Bangkok pulsated to ancient rhythms last night as celebrations for King Bhumibol Adulyadej's 60-year reign reached their climax.

13 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

It's one long street party for the king's celebrations

'It is a great week to be Thai,' said Bangkok accountant Somchai Plengsrisuk, sitting at a food stall watching footage of international monarchs congratulate King Bhumibol Adulyadej on the 60th anniversary of his accession to the throne.

'Suddenly, for this moment, it is like we are the centre of the universe,' Mr Somchai said. 'It is all because of our king.'

13 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

King's milestone a celebration for all his subjects

Thais have found dozens of ways to celebrate their king's 60th year on the throne - from freeing prisoners to printing a 60-baht banknote to taking steps to save an endangered river fish.

13 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

The enigma of a shrewd survivor

Amid the celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the accession of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, there is cause to worry about the future of both democracy and the monarchy in Thailand. The greater the adulation for King Bhumibol, the greater becomes the problem for when he is no longer there. Royal power now derives more from the high standing of the king than from the monarchy itself.

12 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Million voices rise in praise for King of Smiles

Three great waves of sound rose from a million voices - 'Long Live His Majesty!' Tens of thousands wept. Visibly moved, King Bhumibol Adulyadej allowed a smile to crease his famously impassive features.

10 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

A time to celebrate, and to consider life after the king

Sixty years after his accession, King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand remains a unique example of a constitutional monarch who is above politics but commands the authority to maintain order and stability when the nation's institutions fail in their duty to the people.

9 Jun 2006 - 12:00am