The Duke of Gloucester visits Thailand


This week The Duke of Gloucester is undertaking a visit to the Kingdom of Thailand. On Monday 15 October, The Duke attended a lunch with Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn before stopping by the British Embassy to visit the Consular team.

The Duke of Gloucester

The  Duke heard about the work they do to support the 1 million+ British tourists, who travel to Thailand each year. The Consular team assist with those who are distressed and or who are very vulnerable and at risk during their visit to the country. 

The Duke of Gloucester also attended a reception for the British community in Thailand, hosted by Her Majesty's Ambassador to Thailand.  On Tuesday 16 October, The Duke of Gloucester spent time at British owned businesses operating in Thailand. The Duke first visited Triumph Motorcycle Factory in Phan Thong District. The Duke spoke to workers during a tour of the factory. 

Later in the day, The Duke visited Senior Aerospace, one of the largest aerospace components manufacturer in Thailand. 

On 17 October, The Duke of Gloucester met families who now live in Habitat for Humanity's newly built houses in Thailand. The Duke heard more about the projects throughout Thailand built to help improve the lives of impoverished communities.

The Duke of Gloucester in Thailand
Habitat for Humanity have built, repaired and rehabilitated over 11,500 houses and helped over 46,000 people all over Thailand. 

Habitat for Humanity

The Duke of Gloucester then visited The River Kwai Bridge, constructed by the Japanese military during WWII, one of the most notable parts of the Thailand-Burma Railway.

Around about 90,000 civilian labourers and more than 12,000 allied prisoners of war died during the railway’s construction.

The River Kwai

The Duke of Gloucester also toured the Chung Kai Cemetery.

The Duke laid a wreath in honour of all the fallen allied servicemen buried there.

Later in the evening, The Duke of Gloucester attended a ceremony to mark the 75th anniversary of the Completion of the Thailand-Burma Railway.

The service was held to remember the Commonwealth servicemen and women who gave their lives in the construction of the railway line and who are buried at three main sites in Thailand and Myanmar.

To keep up to date with The Duke of Gloucester's visit to Thailand, follow the hashtag, #RoyalVisitThailand.