More taxpayer money for royals

1 08 2011

In its last act of royalist nonsense, the Abhisit Vejjajiva cabinet has thrown an initial amount of more than US$3 million of taxpayers money into a royal cremation for a royal nonentity.

At what was described as a “special meeting of the outgoing Abhisit cabinet … approved an initial budget of 100 million baht for the royal cremation of HRH Princess Bejraratana, who died on July 27 at the age of 85.”

Who? Readers might well ask. This barely known princess “was the only child of King Vajiravudh, Rama VI, and Queen Suvadhana.”

The Bangkok Post states: “Her Royal Highness Princess Bejraratana Rajasuda Sirisobha Phannavadi (Beautiful Princess of Diamonds) has passed away at the age of 85. The only child of King Vajiravudh, she is shown here in this portrait taken for her 84th birthday in 2009.”

In fact, this virtually unknown princess was a surprise birth, attributed to the resolutely homosexual king and the last woman the palace tried to have for him to provide a royal issue. Vajiravudh himself found the whole process of getting an heir trying and this girl was born just hours before Vajiravudh died in the company of his male friends.

The princess, who was never fully well, lived for a few years in Thailand before decamping for England where she and her mother lived for 20 years, only returning around the time of General Sarit’s rise to power. Her Wikipedia page indicates that she was perhaps a savant. It is clear that she was never mentally fully capable.

Only fairly recently has she been shown on various royal newscasts as one of the many royals meant to be identified and lauded by the public.

None of this is a criticism of the late princess. She wasn’t masterminding her image.

Hence it is almost beyond belief that Abhisit not only “signed an order for the Prime Minister’s Office to appoint a committee to organise the royal cremation, and approved an initial budget of 100 million baht…”, but that he also decided  that he’d chair the organizing committee.

Why is so much money being spent on a princess almost no one could identify? Clearly it is part of the continuing pressure to promote royalism.

Will 100 million be sufficient? Maybe not, as “Air Marshal Arvuth Ngernchuklin, a former director-general of the Fine Arts Department who designed the crematorium for Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana, HM the King’s late elder sister, has had an audience with HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn to seek her advice.”

Nipit says Siridhorn “wants the royal cremation for Princess Bejraratana to be same as that for Princess Galyani Vadhana…”.

Galyani’s funeral cost a small fortune!

The planning an construction of a funeral at Sanam Luang will take eight months!

If the royals want a huge funeral to promote themselves as an institution, can’t they spare a few baht from their own huge fortunes? After all, the prince can apparently afford 800 million baht to get “his” plane back….


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