The opening of a new exhibit at the Queen Sirikit Textile Museum showcasing gifts exchanged between Thailand and America’s heads of state over the last two centuries was overseen by His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn.
The new exhibit includes gifts from several past monarchs including King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit, King Prajadhipok, King Mongkut and King Chulalongkorn as well as gifts sent from various US presidents during the last 200 years.
A great many of the gifts on display have never been on public display.
The US Ambassador to Thailand was at the opening and detailed to HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn which of the items on display were on loan from Americas Smithsonian Museum and Presidential libraries.
It was 200 years ago this year that American naval captain Stephen Williams first travelled to Thailand to establish a trade route between America and Thailand then called Siam.
King Rama II was on the throne at the time and approved the trade route and despite some minor fallings out the two nations have maintained a relationship ever since.
Source : Thenation
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