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Songkran 2001

VOL.IX NO.17     -     27 April  2001

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Royal Couple celebrates 
51st Wedding Anniversary

April 28, 2001

The staff of Pattaya Mail joins the entire Kingdom in humbly wishing His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great and Queen Sirikit the best possible wishes on the grand occasion of Their 51st Wedding Anniversary.

His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Mom Rajawongse Sirikit Kitayakara were married by Her Majesty Queen Sawang Vadhana, the paternal grandmother of His Majesty, at the Sra Pathum Palace in Bangkok on April 28, 1950.

Mom Rajawongse Sirikit, the daughter of the Thai Ambassador to France Mom Chao Nakkhatmongkol Kitayakara and Mom Luang Bua Sanitwongse, met the soon to be King at the Thai Embassy in Paris in 1948. They were engaged to be married at the Windsor Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland on July 19, 1949.

They returned to Thailand during the government of Prime Minister Field Marshal Pibul Songkhram and a lavish marriage ceremony was held with the Thai Military Forces standing ready, saluting the Royal Couple in honor of the auspicious occasion.

Soon following the royal marriage His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great ascended the throne becoming the ninth King of Thailand in the Chakri Dynasty during an elaborate and lavish ceremony on May 5, 1950.

Their Majesties have four children, HRH Princess Ubol Ratana, HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, and HRH Princess Chulabhorn.

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