By The Nation
Many citizens are expected to give alms to monks in the morning to make merit for the Queen.
They will also leave birthday messages for her in books prepared for the purpose at a variety of locations, including the Sahathai Samakhom Pavilion inside the Grand Palace. The pavilion will be open to the public from 9am to 5pm today.
The Queen was born on June 3, 1978. She graduated from Assumption University’s School of Communication Arts in 2000, after which she served as a flight attendant on JAL ways and then, from 2003-2008, with Thai Airways International.
In 2010 she was an acting operation staff officer at the Royal Guard Unit. Two years later she became the unit’s deputy battalion commander and then commanding officer of the Training Battalion at the King’s Guard School.
In 2013 she was promoted to the post of deputy commanding officer at the school and then commanding officer.
Between 2010 and 2018 she completed several military training courses.
In 2017 she was deputy chief aide-de-camp to His Majesty the King in the Royal Aide-de-Camp Department with a rank of Special General and then deputy commander of the Royal Security Command, again as a Special General.
HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn named her as his Queen on May 1, days before his coronation.
When he was crowned in a ceremony steeped in ancient traditions on May 4, he accorded her a higher royal rank – elevating to the status of Her Majesty the Queen.