His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen offered last respects to His Late Majesty King Bhumibol of Thailand during the Royal Cremation Ceremony at Sanam Luang in Bangkok Thursday.
His Majesty conveyed messages of condolence to His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand on behalf of the people of Bhutan. Following a yearlong mourning period in Thailand for the beloved King, His Late Majesty King Bhumibol was cremated last Thursday. His Late Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej passed away on 13th October last year.
Due to the special relations between Bhutan and Thailand, and the deep admiration in Bhutan for His Late Majesty King Bhumibol, prayers were offered at Kuenselphodrang, presided over by His Holiness the Je Khenpo, for His Late Majesty. Members of the Royal Family of Bhutan attended the prayer ceremony.
Bhutan observed a day of mourning on 14th October 2016, and schools and offices remained closed, to enable Thai nationals living and working in Bhutan, as well as Bhutanese, to offer their prayers and respects. The National Flag was flown at half-mast.
Their Majesties visited Thailand on 16th October last year, to offer respects as His Late Majesty King Bhumibol lay in state in the Grand Palace’s Phra Thinang Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall.
Bhutan and Thailand established diplomatic relations in 1989, and Drukair, the national airlines, began regular flights to Bangkok, opening up travel and communication between the peoples of the two countries.
His Majesty The King visited Thailand as Crown Prince in 2006, to attend the 60th Anniversary of His late Majesty King Bhumibol’s 60th Anniversary of Accession to the throne. The relations between Bhutan and Thailand attained an exceptionally warm and intimate dimension following the visit, with an outpouring of affection for His Majesty from the people of Thailand.
The relations between Thailand and Bhutan remain stronger than ever today, with numerous Bhutanese travelling to Thailand for studies, work, medical treatment, business, and holidays, and an increasing number of reciprocal visits from Thai nationals.
Among the many areas of cooperation between Bhutan and Thailand, the Queen’s Project has been receiving wholehearted support from the Royal Projects of Thailand geared towards empowering local economies through strengthening cottage enterprises, for similar projects in Bhutan.
Staff Reporter from Thimphu