Wednesday, August 10, 2016

A Day for the Queen

A woman walks past a portrait of Queen Sirikit for sale on a street in Bangkok. 

August 12 is the birthday of Queen Sirikit, the wife and consort of Bhumibol Adulyadej, Thailand's revered King. The Queen's Birthday is a national holiday in Thailand and is also celebrated as Mother's Day. There will be ceremonies throughout Thailand honoring her majesty.
A motorcycle taxi driver uses his call phone in front of a portrait of the King and Queen. 

There's a concentration of shops at the corner Dinso and Phra Sumen Roads in Bangkok, near the tourist ghetto of Khao San Road, that sells royal memorabilia - portraits of their Majesties, the royal flags, historic photos of past Kings in the Chakri Dynasty and patriotic merchandise, like Thai flags. 
A shopkeeper puts out a portrait of the Queen. 

It's a good place to go for photos related to the Thai Monarchy. The shops are almost always busy, the shopkeepers are happy to be photographed and it's easy to get to, within walking distance of many Bangkok attractions. 
A vendor who sells chilies and produce from a push cart sets up in front of portraits of the Queen. 

I went down to the neighborhood to make some pictures before Her Majesty's birthday. I will probably go back down there before the King's Birthday, which is December 5 and also celebrated as Father's Day in Thailand. 
A man walks by portraits of the Queen. 


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