The Royal Wedding Ceremony at Phra Tamnak Yai, Srapathum Palace
The celebration on the auspicious occasion of the 60th royal wedding anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Her Majesty Queen Sirikit held on April 28, 2010 is known by the public. However, there are only some people learning that back to sixty years ago, the royal wedding ceremony took place at Phra Tamnak Yai, Srapathum Palace.
Srapathum Palace was the permanent residence of Her Majesty Queen Savang Vadhana, the Queen Grandmother from 1916 until she passed away in 1955. Her Royal Highness Princess Sri Nagarindra, the Princess Mother also lived here. When Her Royal Highness Princess Sri Nagarindra passed away, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej presented the Srapathum Palace as a residence for Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn has, in turn, decided to have the palace transformed into a museum, in accordance with the royal initiative of His Majesty the King. The palace museum will serve as a resource center for further studies of the royal activities of Her Majesty Queen Savang Vadhana.
Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn presided over the opening of Queen Savang Vadhana Museum at Phra Tamnak Yai, Srapathum Palace on Wednesday, December 17, 2008. Her Royal Highness presented the Museum to His Majesty the King on the auspicious occasion of His Majesty the King's 80th birthday anniversary.
Phra Tamnak Yai, Srapathum Palace
Queen Savang Vadhana Museum displayed the rooms at Phra Tamnak Yai, Srapathum Palace. The rooms related to the royal wedding ceremony are as follows:
1. Receiving Room
The Receiving Room is on the ground floor on the west side of Phra Tamnak Yai, adjacent to a crescent stairway leading to the upper floor. Her Majesty Queen Savang Vadhana designated this a reception room, especially for her son, His Royal Highness Prince Mahidol of Songkla, to receive visitors. His Royal Highness Prince Mahidol of Songkhla was to become the father of the reigning monarchs, His Majesty King Ananda Mahidol and His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Later in life, Her Majesty seldom used this room. On April 28, 1950, Her Majesty Queen Savang Vadhana used this room to receive members of the royal family, the Prime Minister, Cabinet Members, and other high-ranking government officials attending the royal wedding ceremony of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Her Majesty Queen Sirikit.
2. Ceremony Room
The Ceremony Room adjoins the Receiving Room on the ground floor. Her Majesty Queen Savang Vadhana used it on many occasions, especially for religious ceremonies and as the dining hall for celebrations. Every year, on Her Majesty’s birthday, September 10th, the room also hosted regular presentations staged by Rajini School for Her Majesty’s entertainment. Students, members of the Royal Family, and Her Majesty’s attendants entertained her often with blessing dances and classical dances based on Siamese literature.
The Royal Wedding Ceremony
This room has an important place in the history of Thailand as the site where the royal marriage of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Her Majesty Queen Sirikit was officially recorded on April 28, 1950.
At the end of her life, Her Majesty Queen Savang Vadhana spent her time on the balcony adjoining her bedchamber, now arranged as the Devotional Room, spending her days and partaking of her meals here.
The Royal Wedding Ceremony
This is an important site in the history of the Kingdom, the place where Her Majesty performed her last royal duty: presiding over the royal wedding ceremony of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Her Majesty Queen Sirikit.
Queen Savang Vadhana Museum will be open since Friday, September 10, 2010. It will be open only on Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.
For more information, please visit http://www.queensavang.org or call
+662-252-1965. Please make a reservation in advance.