Prince on birthday

3 08 2015

The Thai propaganda news service dutifully reported Prince Vajiralongkorn’s 63rd birthday on 28 July. (The link is not great and times out a lot.)

(As a footnote, it is worth noting that its page on Politics is now listed as “Politics / Stability.” Dutiful indeed!)

The Dictator and self-appointed Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha was accompanied by his wife and Cabinet members who trooped off “to sign books offering their best wishes to His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn on the occasion of his 63rd birthday…”.

It was reported that the

Bureau of the Royal Household has arranged a space in the Grand Palace for government officials and members of the public to convey their birthday wishes to His Royal Highness the Crown Prince on this auspicious occasion. The pavilion is opening for public signing from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.

The Dictator “led his entourage to the Royal Household Bureau Pavilion in the Grand Palace at 8 a.m. to sign well-wish books.” It seems the prince was not granting an audience although it was reported later that the prince saw Prayuth on the Bike for Mom propaganda event.

The birthday report said that a “large number of people including members of the diplomatic corps, civil servants and members of the three armed forces and the police were seen signing the books to show their loyalty and gratitude to the Crown Prince.”

Apparently the gratitude is for

the Crown Prince ha[ving] carried out a great number of activities both on behalf of His Majesty the King and on his own initiatives, to raise the welfare of Thai people and prosperity of the country. His Royal Highness had on several occasions piloted charity flights to raise funds for the purchase of medical equipment for hospitals in the three southernmost provinces. His Royal Highness often visited people affected by unrest in the South and has actively supported rehabilitation of people affected by natural disasters.

A quiet achiever it seems. The military is doing its job. The Dictator is doing his bit.