June 3 to be annual national holiday marking HM Queen Suthida’s birthday
The Cabinet on Tuesday announced that June 3 – Her Majesty Queen Suthida’s birthday – would be a national holiday, starting from this year onward.
The announcement was made by Nattaporn Jatusripitak, spokesperson for the deputy prime minister in charge of economic affairs.
The proposal from the Secretariat of the Cabinet for the Cabinet’s declaration was made in response to a royal command from His Majesty the King.
The government next week will clearly set out activities to honour the Queen, besides the traditional merit-making and alms-offering ceremonies for such occasions, Nattaporn added.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha revealed that the King intended to organise a thank-you party for police, soldiers and civil servants that played a part in what the monarch called the “smooth, dignified and beautiful coronation ceremony”.
Held between May 4 and 6, the coronation has showcased the unique and visually splendid culture of Thailand.
“His Majesty the King has provided funds for the feast,” Prayut said, adding that his government would organise the party by May 24.