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28 July 2020

HRH King Maha Vajiralongkorn 68th Birthday Anniversary

Thailand: HRH King Maha Vajiralongkorn 68th Birthday Anniversary, 28 July 2020. Images from Thai Stamp Museum, unless otherwise noted.

Technical Specifications:

1193. ตราไปรษณียากรที่ระลึกวันเฉลิมพระชนมพรรษาพระบาทสมเด็จพระวชิรเกล้าเจ้าอยู่หัว
วันแรกจำหน่าย​​: 28 กรกฎาคม 2563
ความมุ่งหมาย ​​: เพื่อเฉลิมพระเกียรติพระบาทสมเด็จพระวชิรเกล้าเจ้าอยู่หัว เนื่องในโอกาส​วันเฉลิมพระชนมพรรษา 28 กรกฎาคม 2563
ชนิดราคา​​​: 10.00 บาท
จำนวนพิมพ์​​: 500,000 ดวง
ขนาด​​​: 36 x 51 มม. (แนวตั้ง)
ภาพ​​​: พระบรมฉายาลักษณ์พระบาทสมเด็จพระวชิรเกล้าเจ้าอยู่หัวประกอบอักษรพระปรมาภิไธย ว.ป.ร.
ผู้ออกแบบ​​​: ว่าที่ ร.ท. ปฏิพล ซอกิ่ง (บริษัท ไปรษณีย์ไทย จำกัด)
บริษัทผู้พิมพ์​​: ทีบีเอสพี จำกัด (มหาชน)
วิธีการพิมพ์และสี​​: ลิโธกราฟี่ – หลายสี
จำนวนดวงในแผ่น​​: 10 ดวง
ซองวันแรกจำหน่าย​: 19.00 บาท

1193. HRH Maha Vajiralongkorn’s 68th Birthday Anniversary
Date of Issue: July 28, 2563 (2020)
The purpose: to honor HRH King Maha Vajiralongkorn on the occasion of His Majesty’s 68th Birthday 28 July 2563
Price type: 10.00 baht
Number of print: 500,000 stamps
Size: 36 x 51 mm (Vertical)
Photo: King Maha Vajiralongkhorn
Designer: At the school. T.T. Pipol Sung (Thai Post Office Co Ltd)
Printer Company: TBSP Public Company Limited
Printing Method: Offset lithography – Multicolour
Number of stamps in the sheet: 10 stamps
First day cover price: 19.00 baht.

Vajiralongkorn (วชิราลงกรณ), reigning title Phrabat Somdet Phra Vajira Klao Chao Yu Hua (พระบาทสมเด็จพระวชิรเกล้าเจ้าอยู่หัว; born 28 July 1952), is the King of Thailand, reigning since 2016. He is the only son of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit. In 1972, at the age of 20, he was made crown prince by his father. After his father’s death on 13 October 2016, he was expected to ascend to the throne of Thailand but asked for time to mourn before taking the throne.

He accepted the throne on the night of 1 December 2016. His father was cremated on 26 October 2017. His coronation took place from 4–6 May 2019. The Thai government retroactively declared his reign to have begun on 13 October 2016, upon his father’s death. As the tenth monarch of the Chakri dynasty, he is also styled as Rama X. Aged 64 at that time, Vajiralongkorn became the oldest Thai monarch to ascend to the throne.

Vajiralongkorn’s three-day coronation ceremonies took place on 4–6 May 2019. The one billion baht coronation was anticipated to attract 150,000 persons to Sanam Luang.

For the first time in nearly 100 years, Vajiralongkorn was given the reigning title of Phrabat Somdet Phra Vajira Klao Chao Yu Hua. The last time such title was given during the reign of King Prajadhipok (Rama VII) who was given the reigning title of Phrabat Somdet Phra Pok Klao Chao Yu Hua during his coronation in 1926.

On 1 May 2019, three days before his coronation, Vajiralongkorn married Suthida Tidjai, former acting commander of Royal Thai Aide-de-Camp Department. Suthida was therefore made the queen consort of King Vajiralongkorn. The marriage registration took place at the Amphorn Sathan Residential Hall in Bangkok, with her sister-in-law Princess Sirindhorn and President of Privy Council Prem Tinsulanonda as witnesses.

On 28 July 2019, Vajiralongkorn bestowed the title of “Chao Khun Phra,” or Royal Noble Consort, to Major General Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi (formerly Niramon Ounprom); the occasion marked the first official naming of a secondary consort for nearly a century. Three months later, on 21 October 2019, a palace order stripped Sineenat of her title and ranks, stating that she had been disrespectful to Queen Suthida and disloyal to the king.

In 2019, Vajiralongkorn’s net worth was estimated at around US$30 billion.


ABOVE: 600dpi scan from personal collection; BELOW: digital crop from above sheet scan

First Day Cover:

ABOVE and BELOW: 600dpi scans from personal collection; note the year on the Phuket CDS is wrong (“53”, not “63”).


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