King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit of Thailand completed their monumental series of State Visits around Europe on this day in 1960. The 6-month period was one of the most defining of the King’s 70-year reign, instrumental in creating a wonderful image of the glamorous King and Queen and their Kingdom.
The couple began in the United States in June and, using Switzerland as a base, went on no less than fourteen State Visits until November. After a period of rest in Switzerland, the Thai Royal Family finally returned to Thailand in January 1961. This Tour has been one that I have been wanting to cover for years, especially after narrowly missing the exhibition of Queen Sirikit’s wardrobe on my visit to Thailand last year, and I was so excited to share the visits on their 60th Anniversary. Click on the links below to access the articles on each State Visit.
Not included are the State Visits to the United States, Portugal, and Switzerland