60th Anniversary Celebrations of Bhumibol Adulyadej's Accession
|Native name||งานฉลองสิริราชสมบัติครบ ๖๐ ปี พ.ศ. ๒๕๔๙|
|Organised by||Royal Thai Government|
The Sixtieth Anniversary Celebrations of King Bhumibol Adulyadej's Accession to the Throne 2006 (Thai: งานฉลองสิริราชสมบัติครบ ๖๐ ปี พ.ศ. ๒๕๔๙; RIT translit. Ngan Chalong Siriratchasombat Khrop Hok Sip Pi Pho So Song Phan Ha Roi Si Sip Kao) were the celebrations held throughout Thailand in 2006 to celebrate King Bhumibol Adulyadej's 60th year on the throne. The celebrations were arranged by the Royal Thai Government with Thaksin Shinawatra as Prime Minister, and joined by representatives of other monarchies.
King Bhumibol selected one of twelve designs presented by the Fine Arts Department of the Ministry of Culture to be the official emblem for the Celebrations. The selected emblem was designed by department artist Somchai Supphalakamphaiphon.
There are several symbols in the emblem. The centerpiece is a cypher of the King's name in golden yellow, the colour of Monday, his day of birth. The cypher is set on a blue background, which is a royal colour. The device is encircled with diamonds, which symbolise wise men, important authors, craftsmen, the sacred white elephant, graceful women, vigorous soldiers and public servants.
The Royal Regalia that circumscribe the device: the Great Crown of Victory surmounts the throne, flanked by a sword and a yak's tail whisk; under the throne is a pair of royal slippers. These five objects are used in coronation ceremonies, which were last used during the king's coronation in 1946.
The bottom of the emblem features a pink ribbon with the name of the Celebrations inscribed in gold. The two ends of the ribbon are held by the monkey god Hanuman, the devotee and leader of Rama's army in the Ramakien, and Garuda, the Hindu god Vishnu's vehicle. The green and gold colors in the background represent the fertility of the land.
The King endorsed the royal programmes during the periods of June 2006 as follows:
|Thursday, 8 June||17.00 hours||The merit making royal ceremony in dedication to the royal ancestors||Amarin Winitchai Throne Hall|
|Friday, 9 June||09.00–17.00 hours||The letting of the public paying of homage to the royal ancestors||Phra Thep Bidon Hall, Wat Phra Si Rattanasatsadaram|
|10.00 hours||The homage paying royal ceremony in dedication to the royal ancestors||Anantasamakhom Throne Hall|
|HM The King Bhumibol Adulyadej and HM The Queen Sirikit holding the grand audience||Balcony of Anantasamakhom Throne Hall|
|Saturday, 10 June||17.00 hours||The 60th Year on Throne Anniversary Royal Celebrations:
||Amarin Winitchai Throne Hall|
|Monday, 12 June||16.00 hours||HM The King Bhumibol Adulyadej and HM The Queen Sirikit, as well as members of the royal household, welcoming the visiting monarchs||Anantasamakhom Throne Hall|
|18.30 hours||The monarchs inspecting the Royal Projects Exhibition and the Royal Barge Procession||The Royal Thai Navy's Auditorium, and Ratchanawikasapha (Royal Thai Navy Hall)|
|Tuesday, 13 June||19.30 hours||Royal Banquet||Borommaratchasathit Maholan Hall, Grand Palace|
The royal ceremonies were broadcast in their entirety nationwide by The Television Pool of Thailand through every general television channel in accordance with the date and time as stated.
- Lighting of Well-Wishing Candles Ceremony, Friday, 9 June 2006, 19.19 hours, Sanam Luang.
- Feasting Assemblage arranged by the Government to offer the dinner to the monarchs, the Government House.
- Trooping the Colour, Thanon Ratchadamnoen.
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Of the 29 reigning monarchs worldwide in 2006, 25 accepted the Royal Thai Government's invitation to join the celebrations in Thailand: 13 sovereigns were themselves in attendance, while 12 sent representatives. Absent were the now-deposed Gyanendra of Nepal, owing to his country's internal political instability; and Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, owing to ill health.
The attending foreign royal guests were:
- Sultan and Sultana of Brunei
- King and Queen of Sweden
- King of Swaziland and one of his wives
- Emperor and Empress of Japan
- Emir of Qatar and Sheikha Mozah
- King and Queen of Lesotho
- King of Jordan
- Grand Duke of Luxembourg
- King and Queen of Malaysia
- King of Cambodia
- Prince of Monaco
- Emir of Kuwait
- Queen of Spain
- Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco
- Prince Consort of Denmark
- Crown Prince of Bhutan
- Crown Prince of Tonga
- Duke and Duchess of Brabant
- Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima of the Netherlands
- Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Norway
- Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein
- Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi
- Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa
- Duke of York
Thais wore tee-shirts in royal yellow to celebrate (although in some organisations it has become mandatory), and as the main celebration period of June 9–13 approached, shirts bearing the Celebrations' special Emblem rapidly sold out. The Ministry of Commerce ordered another 500,000 shirts to meet demand, and many people still wore yellow shirts weeks after the Celebrations ended.
Also popular were orange rubber wristbands, similar to the Livestrong wristbands, that say "We love the King."
Photographs of the ceremonies are also popular. The Bureau of the Royal Household set up a photo lab specifically to fill orders for official images, and on Bangkok's streets there are vendors selling copies of the photos of the King and visiting royals. Also, newspapers such as the Bangkok Post and The Nation report brisk sales of commemorative publications.
- Bhumibol Adulyadej
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- Diamond Jubilee
- Longest Reigning Current Monarchs
- Keenapan, Nattha (June 9, 2006). "A symbol of greatness," International Herald Tribune/ThaiDay (print edition)
- The Nation "Royal Household Bureau to sell jubilee celebration pictures", June 20, 2006.
- Palaces of the King – Galleries of images by Royal Household photographers
- A Visionary Monarch – provides a lot of insights on his visions and contributions to the country.