Queen Sirikit in Russia, 2007
|Queen consort of Thailand|
|Tenure||28 April 1950 – present|
|Coronation||5 May 1950|
12 August 1932 |
|Spouse||Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX)|
|Issue||Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya
Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn
Princess Chulabhorn Walailak
|House||House of Kitiyakara|
|Father||Nakkhatra Mangala, Prince of Chanthaburi|
|Thai Royal Family|
HM The King
Sirikit (Thai: สิริกิติ์; Thai pronunciation: [sìrìkìt]; listen (help·info)), born Mom Rajawongse Sirikit Kitiyakara (Thai: สิริกิติ์ กิติยากร; rtgs: Sirikit Kitiyakon) on 12 August 1932, is the queen consort of Bhumibol Adulyadej, King (Rama IX) of Thailand. She met Bhumibol in Paris, where her father was the Thai ambassador. They married in 1950, shortly before Bhumibol's coronation. Sirikit was appointed Queen Regent in 1956. Sirikit produced one son and three daughters. As the consort of the king who is the world's longest-reigning head of state, she is also the world's longest-serving consort of a monarch. Sirikit suffered a stroke on 21 July 2012 and has since refrained from public appearances.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Education
- 3 Marriage
- 4 Regency
- 5 Health
- 6 Cultural status
- 7 Books and writing
- 8 Charitable works and institutions associated with Queen Sirikit
- 9 Awards
- 10 Honorary degrees
- 11 Titles, styles, honours and awards
- 12 Ancestry
- 13 See also
- 14 References
Sirikit was born on 12 August 1932, at the home of Lord Vongsanuprabhand, her maternal grandfather. She is the eldest daughter and the third child of Prince Nakkhatra Mangkala Kitiyakara (grandson of King Chulalongkorn) and his wife "Mom Luang Bua Snidvongs". Her name, which was given by King Prajadhipok, means "the greatness of Kitiyakara".
She had three siblings, two elder brothers and a younger sister:
- Prof. Mom Rajawongse Galyanakit Kitiyakara, M.D. (20 September 1929 – 15 May 1987)
- Mom Rajawongse Adulakit Kitiyakara (2 November 1930 – 5 May 2004)
- Mom Rajawongse Busba Kitiyakara (born 2 August 1934)
Sirikit was raised by her maternal grandparents for a year after her birth, as her father went to United States to work as the secretary of the Siamese Royal Embassy at Washington D.C. Her mother joined her husband three months later. When she was one year old, her parents returned to Thailand. Sirikit lived together with her family in Deves Palace, near the Chao Phraya River, Bangkok.
As a child, Sirikit often visited her paternal grandmother. Once in 1933, she traveled with Princess Absornsaman Devakula following King Prajadhipok's tour in Songkhla.
At age four, Sirikit attended the Kindergarten College at Rajini School (sometimes called the Queen's College). She studied at the primary level. During that time the Pacific War was being fought. Bangkok was attacked many times, thus making travel unsafe. She then moved to Saint Francis Xavier Convent School, because it was near the palace. She studied there from her second year at the primary level to the secondary level.
In 1946, with the war ended, her father moved to the United Kingdom to work as the ambassador to the Court of St. James's, taking his family with him. At that time, Sirikit was 13 and had graduated to the secondary level. While staying in England she learned to play the piano and learned English and French. Because of her father's work as an ambassador, she and her family moved to various countries, including Denmark and France. While living in France, she studied at a music academy in Paris.
Also while in France, Sirikit met King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who is distantly related to her, both being descendants of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V). At that time, Bhumibol had ascended to the throne and was studying in Switzerland. Both Bhumibol and Sirikit (as well as a few other students) were staying at the Thai Royal Embassy in Paris. Sirikit accompanied the king as he visited various tourist attractions. Both Bhumibol and Sirikit found much in common and thus began a relationship.
On 4 October 1948, while Bhumibol was driving a Fiat Topolino on the Geneva-Lausanne road, he collided into the rear of a braking truck 10 km outside of Lausanne. He hurt his back and incurred cuts on his face that cost him most of the sight in one eye. He subsequently wears an ocular prosthetic. While he was hospitalised in Lausanne, Sirikit visited him frequently. She met his mother, The Princess Mother Sangwan, who asked her to continue her studies nearby so that the king could get to know her better. Bhumibol selected a boarding school for her in Lausanne, Riante Rive. A quiet engagement in Lausanne followed on 19 July 1949, and the couple married on 28 April 1950, just a week before his coronation.
The marriage took place at Srapathum Palace. Queen Sri Savarindira, the Queen Grandmother presided over the marriage ceremony. Both the king and Sirikit signed on line 11 of their certificate of marriage. As she was not yet 18, her parents also signed, on line 12 directly under her signature. She later received the Order of the Royal House of Chakri, and became queen. After the coronation ceremony on 5 May 1950, both went back to Switzerland to continue their studies, and returned to Bangkok in 1952.
Date | Spouse
|Their Children||Their Grandchildren|
|Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya||5 April 1951||29 July 1981
|Peter Ladd Jensen||Ploypailin Jensen||Maximus Wheeler
|Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn||28 July 1952||3 January 1977
Divorced 12 August 1991
|Soamsawali Kitiyakara||Princess Bajrakitiyabha|
|Yuvadhida Polpraserth||Prince Juthavachara Mahidol|
|Prince Vacharaesorn Mahidol|
|Prince Chakriwat Mahidol|
|Prince Vatchrawee Mahidol|
|Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana|
|10 February 2001
Divorced 11 December 2014
|Srirasmi Suwadee||Prince Dipangkorn Rasmijoti|
|Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn||2 April 1955||Never married|
|Princess Chulabhorn Walailak||4 July 1957||1982
|Virayudh Tishyasarin||Princess Siribhachudhabhorn|
She performed her duties so satisfactorily that she was made queen regent and given the style of "Somdet Phra Nang Chao Sirikit Phra Borommarachininat" by her husband on his birthday, 5 December 1956. She then became the second Siamese queen regent. The first queen regent was Queen Saovabha Bongsri of Siam, who was regent when her husband King Chulalongkorn travelled to Europe, and later became Queen Sri Patcharindra, the queen mother.
At dawn on 21 July 2012 Queen Sirikit felt unsteady and staggered while exercising at Siriraj Hospital where King Bhumibol Adulyadej resided. A team of physicians determined after performing magnetic resonance imaging that she had incurred an ischemic stroke.
The Queen has been treated and has refrained from public appearances since, including the grand audience granted by her husband on his 85th birthday from the Ananta Samakhom Hall on 5 December 2012.
Queen Sirikit's birthday, as is the king's, is a national holiday, and is also Mothers' Day in Thailand. She is particularly revered in the more remote and traditional parts of the country, where the monarchy is regarded as semi-divine. Her work in promoting tolerance and understanding for the Muslim minorities in the southernmost provinces of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat have made her especially popular amongst local Muslims. The queen has a strong bond with southern Thailand. She spends months in the Muslim-majority provinces every year. The queen is considered to be one of the more quiet diplomats.
Books and writing
Queen Sirikit published In Memory of my European Trip in 1964, which described her time in Europe with the king. It was this book that revealed that she was a talented writer. Moreover, she has composed songs for performance by The Handsome Band, the band of the palace.
The songs she composed were:
- Chao Chom Khwan (เจ้าจอมขวัญ)
- That Thoe (ทาสเธอ)
- Sai Yut (สายหยุด)
- Nang Yaem (นางแย้ม)
Charitable works and institutions associated with Queen Sirikit
Queen Sirikit is well known for her charitable work, where she is the honorary president of the Thai Red Cross, a post she has held since 1956. She gained new prominence in this role in the aftermath of the tsunami disaster in southern Thailand in December 2004. She has also been active in relief work for the many refugees from Cambodia and Burma in Thailand.
Many things in Thailand have been named after the Queen:
- the Queen Sirikit National Institute of Child Health, children's hospital
- the Queen Sirikit Medical Center building, Ramathibodi Hospital
- the Queen Sirikit Centre for Breast Cancer, a new 10-storey hospital in Bangkok
- the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center in Bangkok
- the Queen Sirikit Park in Bangkok
- the Sirikit Dam on the Nan River, Uttaradit Province
- the Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden, Chiang Mai Province
- the Queen Sirikit Arboretum Garden, Pathum Thani Province
- the Queen Sirikit Cup, an annual Asian-Pacific golfing event
- the Queen Sirikit Crab (Thaiphusa sirikit)
- the Queen Sirikit Rose
- the Queen's Cup, annual football competition
The queen is also active in promoting Thai culture and history, mainly through her initiative in the making of the Thai movie The Legend of Suriyothai, one of the most lavish and expensive Thai movies ever made.
|1979||CERES Gold Medal||Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations|
|1985||Humanitarian Award||Asia Society|
|1986||Best Conservationist Certificate||World Wildlife Fund|
|1990||Immigration and Refugee Policy Award||The Center of Migration Studies|
|1991||International Humanitarian Award||Friends of the National Children's Museum, Washington, DC|
|1992||Gold Medal for Outstanding Leadership||Asian Institute of Technology|
|1992||UNESCO Borobudur Gold Medal||United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization|
|1992||UNICEF Special Recognition Award||United Nations Children's Fund|
|1992||Award of Excellence||United Nations Development Fund for Women|
|1992||UNEP Gold Medal of Distinction||United Nations Environment Programme|
|1993||Woman of the Year 1993 Award||Stanford University|
|1995||1995 Lindbergh Award||The Lindbergh Foundation|
|2000||Merite de Invention||The Belgian Chamber of Inventors|
|2001||Special Prix||Bulgarian American Chamber of Commercial and Industry|
|2002||Louis Pasteur Award||International Sericultural Commission|
|2002||Award for Humanitarian Service||The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center|
|2004||IUCN Gold Medal||International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources|
|2005||Food Safety Award||World Health Organization|
Titles, styles, honours and awards
Queen Sirikit of Thailand
|Reference style||Her Majesty|
|Spoken style||Your Majesty|
Her formal name and title is Somdet Phra Nang Chao Sirikit Phra Borommarachininat Thai: สมเด็จพระนางเจ้าสิริกิติ์ พระบรมราชินีนาถ; "Her Majesty Queen Regent Sirikit". Her official title is Queen Sirikit.
At present, the queen ranks as Field Marshal, Admiral of the Fleet, and Marshal of the Royal Thai Air Force, usually mentioned in official documents that: Chom Phon Ying Chom Phon Ruea Ying Chom Phon Akat Ying Somdet Phra Nang Chao Sirikit Phra Borommarachininat Thai: จอมพลหญิง จอมพลเรือหญิง จอมพลอากาศหญิง สมเด็จพระนางเจ้าสิริกิติ์ พระบรมราชินีนาถ; "Her Majesty Queen Regent Sirikit, the Field Marshal, Admiral of the Fleet, and Marshal of the Royal Thai Air Force". The queen holds ceremonial supreme power, after her husband who ranks as the Head of the Royal Thai Armed Forces, in the Royal Thai Army.
- 12 August 1932 – 28 April 1950: The Honourable (English style) or Mom Rajawongse (Thai style) Sirikit Kitiyakara
- 28 April 1950 – 5 December 1956: Her Majesty Queen Sirikit of Thailand
- 5 December 1956 – present: Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, Queen Regent of Thailand
In 1976, the Thai government honored the queen by declaring her birthday a national holiday. The Queen's birthday is celebrated on 12 August each year.
- Thailand: Knight Grand Cordon with Collar of the Order of the Rajamitrabhorn
- Thailand: Knight Grand Cordon with Chain of the Order of the Royal House of Chakri
- Thailand: Knight Grand Cordon with Chain of the Order of the Nine Gems
- Thailand: Knight Grand Cordon with Chain of the Order of Chula Chom Klao
- Thailand: Knight Grand Cordon of the Order of the White Elephant
- Thailand: Knight Grand Cordon of the Order of the Crown of Thailand
- Thailand: Knight Grand Cordon of the Order of the Direkgunabhorn
- Thailand: Member of the Order of Ramkeerati
- Thailand: Recipient of the King Bhumibol Adulyadej Royal Medal
- Thailand: Recipient of the King Bhumibol Adulyadej Rajaruchi Royal Medal
- Thailand: Recipient of the Freemen Safeguarding Medal, First Class
- Thailand: Recipient of the Dushdi Mala Medal
- Thailand: Recipient of the Border Service Medal
- Thailand: Recipient of the Boy Scout Citation Medal, First Class
- Thailand: Recipient of the Red Cross Medal of Appreciation, First Class
- Thailand: Recipient of the King Bhumbibhol Adulyadej Silver Jubilee Medal
- Thailand: Recipient of the Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn Investiture Medal
- Thailand: Recipient of the Princess Sirindhorn "Maha Chakri" Medal
- Thailand: Recipient of the Bicentennial Medal of the Rattanakosin Kingdom
- Thailand: Recipient of the 84th Birthday Medal of Princess Mother Srinagarindra
- Thailand: Recipient of the 60th Birthday Medal of King Bhumibol Adulyadej
- Thailand: Recipient of the Longest Reign Commemorative Medal
- Thailand: Recipient of the King Bhumbibhol Adulyadej Golden Jubilee Medal
- Thailand: Recipient of the 6th Cycle Birthday Medal of King Bhumibol Adulyadej
- Thailand: Recipient of the King Bhumbibhol Adulyadej Diamond Jubilee Medal
- Thailand: Recipient of the 7th Cycle Birthday Medal of King Bhumibol Adulyadej
- Thailand: Recipient of the 60th Birthday Medal of Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn
- Thailand: Recipient of the 60th Birthday Medal of Princess Maha Chakri
- Austria: Grand Cross of the Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria, Gold
- Belgium: Dame Grand Cordon of the Order of Leopold
- Brunei: Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the Most Esteemed Family Order of Brunei, 1st Class
- Denmark: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Elephant
- Ethiopian Imperial Family: Dame Grand Cordon with Collar of the Order of the Queen of Sheba
- Germany: Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, Special Issue
- Greek Royal Family: Dame Grand Cross of the Order of Beneficence
- Indonesia: Adipurna Grand Cross of the Order of the Star of Mahaputera
- Iranian Imperial Family: Dame Grand Cordon of the Order of the Pleiades, 1st Class
- Italy: Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic
- Japan: Paulownia Dame Grand Cordon of the Order of the Precious Crown
- South Korea: Grand Cross of the Grand Order of Mugunghwa
- Lao Royal Family: Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the Million Elephants and the White Parasol
- Laos: Recipient of the Phoxay Lane Xang Medal
- Luxembourg: Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the Gold Lion of the House of Nassau
- Malaysia: Dame Grand Cordon of the Order of the Crown of the Realm
- Nepal: Member Grand Cross of the Order of Honour
- Netherlands: Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the Netherlands Lion
- Norway: Dame Grand Cross of the Order of St. Olav
- Philippines: Grand Cross with Collar of the Order of the Golden Heart
- Portugal: Grand Cross of the Order of Saint James of the Sword
- Spain: Dame Grand Cross of the Order of Charles III
- Spain: Dame Grand Cross of the Order of Isabella the Catholic
- Sweden: Member Grand Cross of the Order of the Seraphim
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SirikitBorn: 12 August 1932
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|Queen Consort of Thailand
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