As the Journal of the Royal Institute volume IV, due at the end of 2012, wishes
to celebrate the auspicious occasion of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit turning 80,
consequently many essays and articles in this issue focus on works in which Her
Majesty is involved. The first essay, “The Story behind the Queen Sirikit Centre for
Breast Cancer, its philosophy and outreach projects” informs us about the aims of the
Queen Sirikit Centre for Breast Cancer (QSCBC) and how these aims are achieved.
The three essays on “Her Majesty Queen Sirikit and the Conservation of the Wild
Flower Fields in Northeastern Thailand”, “Mangroves… Coastal Treasure of Thailand”,
and “Organic Honey of Thailand” are works which Her Majesty has been promoting.
“Biodiversity and Sustainable Agriculture for Medicine, Health, and Food” is one of
Their Majesties’ great concerns. “Queen Sirikit on Her Majesty’s State Visits in 1960
and 1962” recounts the historical royal visits vividly. Other essays, although not
focusing directly on the theme, touch upon the various interests of Her Majesty. For
example, “King Rama VI’s Promotion of Khon and Drama in General” relates how the
promotion was continued successfully by Her Majesty Queen Sirikit. “Prince
Damrongrajanubhab and Thai Literature” as well as “Translations of National
Literature : Existing Translation Works as Means to Promote Understanding among
Nations” can widen the interest on Thai literature. Some are of current interest such as
“Thai food: A Gateway to Cultural Understanding.”
It is hoped that the variety of essays in this issue will catch a wider audience’s
interests and bring readers to join us in honouring and celebrating Her Majesty Queen
Sirikit’s 80th Birthday.
Long Live Her Majesty Queen Sirikit.
Professor Dr. Panya Borisutdhi, FRI.
President of the Royal Institute
Professor Srisurang Poolthupya, FRI.
Professor Dr. Somboon Suksamran, FRI.
Khunying Finola Chatamra
Professor Dr. Robert Exell
Professor Dr. Likhit Dhiravegin, FRI.
Associate Professor Dr. Kris Chatamra, FRI.
Dr. Sobha Chupikulchai Spielmann, FRI.
Professor Dr. Sawasd Tantaratana, FRI.
Professor Dr. Prakong Nimmanahaeminda, FRI.
Professor Dr. Pornsan Watanangura, AFRI.
Professor Dr. Sasithon Pukrittayakamee, AFRI.
Professor Dr. Suthat Yoksan, AFRI.
Associate Professor Malithat Promathatavedi, AFRI.
Miss Kanokwalee Chuchaiya, Secretary-General
Ms. Saengchant Sansupa, Director of Moral and Political
Dr. Cholthicha Sudmuk, Literary Arts Officer.
Miss Rattikal Sriamphai, Literary Arts Officer.
Miss Itsariya Lauhatiranonda, Literary Arts Officer.