A spe­cial gala din­ner was hosted to cel­e­brate the 150-year re­la­tion­ship be­tween Thai­land and Bel­gium

Thailand Tatler - - NOVEMBER -

150 years of Thai-Bel­gian re­la­tions are cel­e­brated in style and a ghostly new video and per­for­mance arts se­ries gets a spec­tac­u­lar launch

Thai­land and Bel­gium signed the first Treaty of Friend­ship and Trade 150 years ago and to mark the oc­ca­sion a royal gala din­ner was held at The Athe­nee Ho­tel. Count Ger­ald van der Straten Pon­thoz of the Chao Phya Abha Raja Foun­da­tion in­vited HRH Princess Lea of Bel­gium to jointly pre­side over the event with HRH Princess Soam­sawali, who was rep­re­sented by HSH Prince Chalermsuk Yu­gala due to ill health. The din­ner was in­spired by the state ban­quet hosted by TM King Bhu­mi­bol and Queen Sirikit to wel­come TM King Bau­douin and Queen Fabi­ola when they vis­ited Thai­land in 1964. The dishes served then were recre­ated by the ho­tel, while di­rect de­scen­dants of the guests who at­tended the state din­ner were among those in­vited.

Count Ger­ald van der Straten Pon­thoz, Than­puy­ing Chi­travadee and Gen Su­rayud Chu­lanont and HE Philippe Kridelka

and Lea of Bel­gium HRH Princess Yu­gala HSH Prince Chalermsuk

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