26 Apr '11, 10am

Royal wedding fever reaches Thailand

BANGKOK: Excitement is building in Thailand, ahead of the Royal Wedding between Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton. Its own royalty -- King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit -- have been invited to attend the royal wedding. The House of Chakri and the House of Windsor have a history that dates back to the 19th century, when Queen Victoria sent her personal emissary to the Siamese court. It marked an age of increased foreign influence in Thailand, then known as Siam. Associate Fellow of the Royal Institute Professor Emeritus Piyanart Bunnag said: "During the King Rama 4 era (1851-1868), Thais viewed England as a role model for prosperity, so our country was developed similarly to England. "Thais appreciated the significance of England and its civilisation. Besides, England was ruled by a monarchy. This is why Thailand and England share similarities". The first Thai king t...

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