His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam yesterday hailed the reign of the Thai King His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej and his accomplishments, notably his efforts to develop Thailand that have made his people proud of their heritage and identity.
His Majesty the Sultan, as the most senior monarch after the Thai King, said this in a speech of tribute delivered at the Royal Banquet last evening on behalf of the invited royal guests, at the Chakri Mahaprasart Throne Hall in Bangkok.
The banquet was hosted by the Thai King and Queen Sirikit to commemorate the 60th Anniversary celebration of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej's accession to the throne.
Upon arrival, Their Majesties were greeted by the Grand Chamberlain of Thailand, Mr Khwankeo Vajarodaya, the King's Deputy Private Secretary, Mr Jirayu Israngkul Na Ayutthaya, and Former Thai Ambassador to Brunei, Mr Prasart Mensuwan.
At the Front Hall of the Chakri Mahaprasart Throne Hall, Their Majesties were greeted by HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralonkorn, Royal Consort HRH Princess Srirasmi and HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.
During the banquet the Thai King delivered his welcoming speech followed by the playing of the Thai National Anthem.
His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam then delivered a speech congratulating His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej as well as the people of Thailand.
His Majesty said that this celebration was to honour the King and his life as the Head of State of Thailand and to also honour the substance of the King's reign.
His Majesty added that the Thai King's accomplishments have been recognised by the international community and the United Nations Development Programme Lifetime Achievement Award that was conferred to the King by the United Nations was a testimony to this.
Accompanying Their Majesties were HRH Princess Hjh Masna and YAM Pg Lela Cheteria Sahibun Najabah Pg Anak Haji Abdul Aziz.
- Borneo Bulletin
(14th June 2006)