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His Majesty the King briefly left Siriraj hospital yesterday afternoon for an unannounced visit to Chitralada Palace, his official Bangkok residence. 

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His Majesty the King feeds cows at the Suan Chitralada Dairy Farm during his tour of the Royal Chitralada Projects yesterday afternoon. The King returned to Siriraj Hospital at 5.19pm. PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE ROYAL HOUSEHOLD BUREAU

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His Majesty visits Chitralada Palace

His Majesty the King briefly left Siriraj hospital yesterday afternoon and returned to Chitralada Palace, his official Bangkok residence.

The visit was unannounced and lucky members of the public were surprised and delighted when they were able to catch a glimpse of His Majesty in the royal motorcade.

His Majesty was not there to stay, but to visit several of his favourite projects.

First, he spent part of the late afternoon touring the royal dairy farm.

This is one of his royal projects set up in 1962 to select and improve dairy cattle breeds for Thailand and to promote dairy farming in the country.

After inspecting activities at the farm, His Majesty visited the Chitralada UHT milk processing plant which uses milk from 16 cows out of a herd of 43 Holstein-Friesian – a Dutch breed – which are being reared at the farm.

He then visited the chang ton museum, located in the palace compound.

The King viewed statues and spent time studying the history of the royal elephants kept by each king during the Chakri dynasty.

Elephants with ideal physical appearances were known as chang ton, and the healthiest of them were used by the kings of the time as a means of transport.

Adapted from a story in today’s Bangkok Post

project – a planned piece of work that is designed to find information about something, to produce something new, or to improve something  โครงการ
briefly – for a short time ในเวลาสั้นๆ
residence – a place where someone lives ที่พำนัก ที่อาศัย
unannounced – happening without anyone being told or warned in advance ไม่ ที่เกิดขึ้นโดยไม่มีใครได้รับการบอกหรือเตือนล่วงหน้า
the public – people in general ประชาชน, สาธารณชน, มหาชน
delighted – very happy or satisfied about something ยินดีมาก,สุขใจ
glimpse – a quick look กวาดตามองอย่างรวดเร็ว ดูอย่างคร่าวๆ
motorcade – a group of cars traveling with someone very important ขบวนรถ (ขบวนรถพระที่นั่ง)
favourite – something you like the best of all similar things ที่ชอบมากที่สุด, ที่โปรดปราน, ของโปรด
project – a planned piece of work that is designed to find information about something, to produce something new, or to improve something  โครงการ
dairy – connected with the production of milk เกี่ยวกับผลิตภัณฑ์นม ผลิตภัณฑ์ที่ทำจากนม
select – to choose  คัดเลือก
improve – to make better  ทำให้ดีขึ้น
breed – a particular type of animal that has been developed by people in a controlled way, especially a type of dog, cat or farm animal พันธุ์
promote – to encourage or support something สนับสนุน
inspect – to look at something carefully ตรวจสอบ
herd – a large group of animals of the same type that live and move about together ฝูงสัตว์
rear – to care for young children or animals until they are fully grown เลี้ยงดู
museum – a building where objects of historical, scientific or artistic interest are kept พิพิธภัณฑ์
located – where something is ตั้งอยู่
compound – an area in which a group of buildings stands บริเวณ
statue – a human or animal image that is made of stone, wood, metal, etc. รูปปั้น
dynasty – a family whose members rule a country or region for a long period of time ราชวงศ์
ideal – the best possible ดีที่สุด
physical – connected with the body เกี่ยวกับร่างกาย
appearance – the way that somebody/something looks on the outside  ลักษณะภายนอก, การปรากฏตัว
means – a way of doing something วิถีทาง
transport – moving people or things from one place to another การขนส่ง

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