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The King’s birthday is very much a celebration of ordinary people and the centre of attention for many is Siriraj Hospital where thousands come hoping for a glimpse of the monarch.
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A group of well-wishers came very early to get the best place to see His Majesty as he leaves the 100 Years Building at Siriraj Hospital to go to the Grand Palace yesterday morning. PAWAT LAOPAISARNTAKSIN
Waiting for their King
It is 7am and the ground floor of the Chalermphrakiat Building at Siriraj Hospital is already crowded, not with patients but an ocean of pink shirts – well-wishers trying to catch a glimpse of His Majesty the King on his 84th birthday.
Although the highlight of this year's celebration took place on the balcony of the Chakri Throne Hall, where the King made an appearance late yesterday morning, thousands still preferred to wait and greet their beloved monarch at Siriraj Hospital, where he is staying.
The hospital visit was a must for many Thais including, Suwanna Kennamtieng, a 56-year-old retiree. She left her inundated home on Phetchakasem Road a day before the monarch's birthday so that she and seven of her friends would be able to sit in the front row on the building's ground floor and get the best view of the King and the royal family when they walked by.
The eight friends all come from different places and backgrounds, but have stayed together since first meeting at the hospital in August 2006 when they came to see the King released after a spinal injury. They have kept in touch ever since and have met one another in the very same spot every time the monarch has left the hospital for ceremonies.
"It doesn't matter how long I have to wait or how crowded the hospital will be. The moment I can see His Majesty the King right before me is really worth my whole life, even if it is just a few seconds," she said, clutching a picture of the monarch in her hand.
When the King arrived, the crowd started chanting, "long live the King", their voices filling the hallway. Many shed tears of joy when they saw His Majesty looking well as his entourage boarded a royal van. A sea of pink, national and yellow royal flags fluttered along the route from the hospital to the Grand Palace.
Adapted from a story in today’s Bangkok Post by Apiradee Treerutkuarkul. You can read the full, much longer story here: http://bit.ly/rxGzVj
ordinary – not unusual or different in any way ธรรมดา, ปกติ
attention – interest, especially interest that the public has in a person, event, situation etc ความสนใจ
glimpse – when you see something or someone for a very short time เหลือบดู, ชำเลือง, ชายตามอง
monarch – a king or queen กษัตริย์ หรือราชินี
crowded – packed; full of people or things แน่น
patient – someone who is receiving medical treatment คนป่วย, คนไข้
highlight – the most exciting, impressive, or interesting part of an event เหตุการณ์สำคัญ, จุดสำคัญ
balcony – a place where you can stand just outside an upper window. It sticks out from the wall of a building ระเบียง
Chakri (Maha Prasat) Throne Hall – a large hall built within the Grand Palace in 1882 by the great Thai King, Rama V and which is used on ceremonial occasions พระที่นั่งจักรีมหาปราสาท
appearance – an act of appearing in public การปรากฎตัว
prefer – to like or want more than anyone or anything else ชอบมากกว่า
retiree – a person who has stopped working because of their age ผู้ที่หยุดทำงานแล้ว, ผู้ที่เกษียณแล้ว
inundated – flooded ถูกน้ำท่วม, จมลงใต้น้ำ
row – a number of people standing or sitting next to each other in a line; a number of objects arranged in a line แถว
background – the type of career, training, or education that someone has had ประวัติ
spine – the row of small bones that are connected together down the middle of the back กระดูกสันหลัง
injury – physical damage done to a person or a part of their body อาการบาดเจ็บ
keep in touch – to communicate with somebody, especially by writing to them or telephoning them ติดต่อ
spot – the particular place where someone or something is ที่, สถานที่
does not matter – it’s not important ไม่สู้เป็นไร
clutch – to hold something tightly จับแน่น
chant – to keep shouting or singing a word or phrase many times โห่ร้อง ร้องเพลง
hallway – a passage in a building with rooms down either side ระเบียงหรือทางเดินในตึก
shed tears – cried ร้องไห้
joy – a feeling of great happiness ความสุขสันต์,ความสุขสำราญ
entourage – a group of people who travel with an important person คณะผู้ติดตามของบุคคลสำคัญ
board – to get onto a vehicle, ship, aircraft, train, etc. ขึ้น
flutter – to move up and down or from side to side with short, quick, light movements, or to make something move in this way สะบัด, กะพริบ
route – the roads used to go from one place to another เส้นทาง