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Sirikit

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

Saturday, 12 August, 2006, 12:00am

Queen Sirikit

Status

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

royal days

1927: Born on December 5 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

1946: Ascended to throne on June 9.

1950: Crowned king on May 5, a week after marrying Queen Sirikit.

1960s: Travelled rural Thailand extensively; embarked on a series of high-profile state visits across Asia, Europe and the Americas.

9 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

'Widows' village' sad symbol of insurgency

A royal-sponsored project gives hope to victims of violence in Thailand's south

As the death toll mounts in Thailand's troubled south, a village of grieving women and children is taking root on a riverbank near the provincial capital of Narathiwat.

5 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Minority rapport

FROM BEHIND HER desk at the New Hope Employment Agency in Kowloon City, Srijan Arunnee watches domestic workers gather in a nearby park every Sunday.

23 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Culture woven into dress

UNTIL THE LATE 1960s, Thailand had no real national dress for women. India had its sari and Japan the kimono, but there was nothing instantly recognisable as Thai.

12 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Traditional arts and crafts are prospering

LIKE KING BHUMIBOL, Queen Sirikit has always had an interest in the environment, especially wildlife and its natural habitat, as well as the plight of the poor.

One example of how the queen's influence has helped conserve many of Thailand's native plant species is the Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden in Chiang Mai, which is well worth a visit.

12 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Thais pay tribute to mother of the nation

Today's national holiday will be marked by religious and civil ceremonies as all sectors of society raise a glass to the health of their beloved queen

TODAY MARKS THE 73rd birthday of Queen Sirikit of Thailand. It is a national holiday in the country and the day when Thais celebrate Mother's Day because the queen is regarded as the mother of her people.

12 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Royal family's tsunami loss

THE QUEEN IS particularly revered in the more remote and traditionally minded parts of Thailand, especially in the north and south where the monarchy is regarded as semi divine.

12 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Yoe swings in to boost bid for Queen Sirikit Cup

Promising teenager Eva Yoe Hoi-ning has taken a break from her studies in the United States to help Hong Kong's bid for the Queen Sirikit Cup at the Wu Yi Fountain Palm Golf Club in Jiangmen, China, from Monday.

10 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

Thailand's queen turns 70

Today, Thais around the world will be celebrating the 70th birthday of Queen Sirikit. The daughter of Prince Chandaburi Suranath, the queen was born on August 12, 1932, the year a constitutional monarchy was introduced in Thailand.

12 Aug 2002 - 12:00am

Hong Kong pin Sirikit hopes on Henderson

Helen Beatty will spearhead defending champions Australia at the 23rd Queen Sirikit Cup Asian Amateur Team Championship which starts this morning at the Hong Kong Golf Club in Fanling.

11 Apr 2001 - 12:00am

Seal of approval establishes a national fashion identity

When Queen Sirikit makes public and official appearances, guests are always reminded of parts of Thai art and culture that may well have died out if it were not for her unceasing efforts.

Wearing beautiful ancient mundee silk designs or silk Prae-wa and silver and gold jewellery, the queen becomes a model for a Thai arts and crafts revival that she initiated.

12 Aug 1998 - 12:00am

The royal stamp of approval

Keeping traditional crafts alive has been the aim of Queen Sirikit since 1976 when she established the Foundation for the Promotion of Supplementary Occupations and Techniques (Support).

12 Aug 1997 - 12:00am

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