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It has been officially announced that US President Barack Obama will be granted an audience with His Majesty the King on Sunday while in London Queen Elizabeth II granted an audience to the Thai PM. Reuters photo 

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Buckingham Palace has released this photo of Queen Elizabeth II greeting Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra in London yesterday. REUTERS

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King to meet Obama

Queen Elizabeth II meets PM Yingluck
Royalty and diplomacy were very much in the news yesterday in reports coming out of London.

First, it was officially announced that US President Barack Obama will be granted an audience with His Majesty the King on Sunday during his official trip to Thailand.

The King, who is staying at Siriraj Hospital, has allowed for the special greeting, which is scheduled to take place at 5pm before the US leader meets Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on the same day, Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul said from London.

He is accompanying Ms Yingluck on her official visit to the United Kingdom.

In London, Buckingham Palace, the official residence of Queen Elizabeth II, reported that the Queen had granted an audience to the Thai Prime Minister.

The audience had been arranged by British Prime Minister David Cameron to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

England and Thailand are also celebrating 400 years of trade relations this year, and the embassy in London is among the oldest Thai missions worldwide.

Thai Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Pasan Teparak, said that the prime minister's audience with the Queen was a sign that the Kingdom's international standing was back to normal after the recent political turmoil.

Neither the prime minister's elder brother, former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, nor her predecessor Abhisit Vejjajiva were granted audiences during their officials visits to the United Kingdom.

Meanwhile, in Bangkok, all venues Mr Obama will visit, including Siriraj Hospital and Government House, and the streets he will travel through will be under close watch, police chief Kamronwit Thoopkrachang said.

US security officers will also tail the president by land, as well as by air with a helicopter.

The Royal Thai Air Force, together with its Security Force Command and police officers, will work with US officers to maintain security at Don Mueang airport where Air Force One will land, Royal Thai Air Force spokesman Monthon Satchukon said.
Adapted from a story in today’s Bangkok Post by Aekarach Sattaburuth and Wassana Nanuam and from other media sources

release – to allow something to be shown or known to the public or to be available for use เปิดเผย
greet –to say hello to somebody or to welcome them ต้อนรับ, ทักทาย
royalty – the people who belong to the family of a king and queen  บุคคลในราชวงศ์
diplomacy – the activity of managing relations between different countries; the skill in doing this  การทูต
grant an audience – (of a king or queen or other member of a royal family) to allow a meeting to be held with the ruler พระราชทานพระราชวโรกาสให้พสกนิกร หรือข้าราชการเข้าเฝ้าทูลละอองธุลีพระบาม
scheduled – planned to happen at a particular time or day ตามตารางเวลา
accompany – to go with someone ไปกับ,ไปด้วยกัน
palace – the official home of a king, queen, president, etc, a large impressive house พระราชวัง, ตำหนัก, ปราสาท
residence – a place where someone lives ที่พำนัก ที่อาศัย
arrange – to plan or organize something in advance จัดเตรียม,  เตรียมการ
mark – to show respect for or to remember;to celebrate something  ระลึกถึง, เพื่อเฉลิมฉลอง
Diamond Jubilee – the 60th anniversary of an important event, especially of somebody becoming king/queen; a celebration of this event การฉลองครบรอบ 60 ปี
trade –  the buying and selling of goods and services การค้าขาย
relations – official dealings between countries ความสัมพันธ์ระหว่างประเทศ
embassy – a group of officials who represent their government in a foreign country สถานทูต
mission – a group of people doing given an important official job to do, especially when they are sent to another country such as working in an embassy คณะทูต
worldwide – throughout the world ทั่วโลก
ambassador – a senior official who lives in a foreign country and represents his or her own country there เอกอัครราชทูต
standing – the position or reputation of somebody/something within a group of people or in an organization; status ฐานะ, ชื่อเสียง, ตำแหน่ง
normal – typical, usual or ordinary; what you would expect ภาวะปกติ
turmoil – a state of uncontrolled activity  การจราจล ความไม่สงบ
elder – older ที่อายุมากกว่า
predecessor – the person who had a job or official position before someone else ผู้ที่ดำรงตำแหน่งก่อนหน้านี้
venue – the place where an activity or event happens  สถานที่
security – protection; systems providing for safety from attack, harm, or damage ระบบรักษาความปลอดภัย
tail – to follow someone ติดตาม
maintain – to keep รักษา
Air Force One – the official aircraft of the president of the United States

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