US relays condolences to the King
Media outlets note impact on politics
Published on January 3, 2008
The United States extended its condolences on the passing of Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana and expressed its deep and sincere sympathy.
"On behalf of the government and people of the United States, the US Embassy extends to His Majesty the King and the Royal Family our deepest and sincerest sympathy on the passing of Her Royal Highness, Princess Galyani Vadhana. We were deeply saddened to learn of her death," said a statement from its embassy in Bangkok.
"Princess Galyani's dedication to the people of Thailand was made evident through her many noble works.
"She will be remembered for her valuable contribution to the charitable foundations under her royal patronage and her deep concern for the well-being of those in need, not only in Thailand, but around the world," the statement said.
Many international news organisations reported yesterday that Thailand was mourning the death of the only sister of His Majesty the King.
The mourning affected negotiations over the formation of a coalition government after political parties halted talks, most said.
Political activity that has gripped Thailand since the December 23 election - the first since the September 2006 coup - was put on hold, with politicians cancelling scheduled news conferences and television presenters donning black, one agency reported.
The Palace announced a 100-day mourning period for royal officials, and government offices flew flags at half mast. Civil servants were asked to wear black for 15 days.
The BBC quoted an academic specialising in French literature saying the Princess was involved in health, education and the arts.