Folks in the greater Pattaya area celebrated the birthday of Thailand’s new queen for the first time, holding merit-making ceremonies and blessings for HM the Queen Suthida Bajrasudhabimalalakshana.
Banglamung District Chief Amnart Charoensri led administrators and the public in giving alms to monks for the Queen’s 41st birthday June 3, offering up flowers and incense in front of her portraits. Monks then chanted holy stanzas and prayed for Her Majesty before partaking in a morning meal.
That evening, Amnart was back, leading a loyalty ceremony where the public sang royal hymns and paid well wishes to a portrait of the Queen.
In Sattahip, Adm. Noppadol Supakorn, commander-in-chief of the Royal Thai Fleet, presided over a birthday observance by the navy with sailors giving alms to 41 monks before 10 of them performed religious rites.