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Government leaders, members of the royal family, dignitaries and hundreds of thousands of ordinary well-wishers gathered to hear His Majesty the King call for unity and stability in the highlight of yesterday's birthday celebrations. 

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His Majesty the King thanks members of the royal family and dignitaries from many sectors of society who gathered at the Chakri Maha Prasat Throne Hall in the Grand Palace yesterday to deliver their best wishes to him on his 84th birthday. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE ROYAL HOUSEHOLD BUREAU


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King calls for unity, stability

Hundreds of thousands of well-wishers flock to palace 
Flood crisis at forefront of His Majesty's birthday address


Apiradee Treerutkuarkul

His Majesty the King has called on all sides to put aside their differences and work in unity to help flood victims and to develop sustainable water management mechanisms for the benefit of the people and national stability.

Delivering a birthday message before hundreds of thousands of well-wishers from the balcony of the Chakri Throne Hall at the Grand Palace at 10.59am, the monarch thanked the people for their good wishes on his 84th birthday.

During the speech, the King said the people gathered before him held important positions in both the government and military. They should be well aware that national stability is only possible when people in the country have a good life and happiness without suffering.

He said it was the duty of all sides to work together at full force to tackle whatever hardships affected the people.

"At present, people are suffering from the floods," the King said. "Therefore, cooperation is needed to quickly solve the problem and come up with projects for sustainable water management. Those projects previously mentioned are only recommendations, not an order. However, the projects should be put into practice if they are seen as beneficial and cost-effective."

The King is widely known to have a keen interest in water management. Many of the country's major irrigation projects are royally initiated or built on royal advice to state agencies.

His Majesty reminded everyone to put aside their conflicts and give moral support to each other so their tasks could be achieved for the happiness of the people and the stability of the country.

The King wished the people happiness and prosperity, and then observed the renewal of the oath of allegiance by members of the Royal Guard.

Earlier in the ceremony, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn led the Royal Family in wishing His Majesty a happy birthday.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, left, Parliament President Somsak Kiatsuranont and Supreme Court President Pairote Wayuparp extend their best wishes to His Majesty.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra told the King that Thai people realised the merits of his contributions to society and guidelines and that they would respond to the King's generosity by promoting unity in the nation.

Parliament president Somsak Kiatsuranont promised to do his best in honouring the King, to protect the throne, meet His Majesty's wishes and promote democracy in the country.

A total of 240 Royal and Honour guards were present at the ceremony.

Maj Gen Pisit Sitthisan, commander of the 1st Division, King's Guard, said although there was no parade by the Royal Guard yesterday, it "was great for the soldiers to make a vow" to protect and promote the royal institution.

Army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha said Thai people should extend their best wishes to the King and do good as his Majesty has been doing for the Thai people for a very long time.

The King left the Chakri Throne Hall and returned to Siriraj Hospital, where he has been staying since September 2009, by royal van at 11.50am.

Flag-waving well-wishers line both sides of Ratchadamnoen Avenue to catch a glimpse of His Majesty the King as he passes by in a van. APICHART JINAKUL

Crowds waited along the two sides of Ratchadamnoen Avenue and Na Pralarn Road to get a glimpse of His Majesty the King and the Royal Family, waved national and royal flags and repeatedly chanted "Long Live the King" as the royal motorcade slowly passed by.

dignitary – a person who has an important official position บุคคลที่มีตำแหน่งสูง, ผู้มีฐานะสูงส่ง
sector – a group that is part of a larger group ภาค (ทางเศรษฐกิจหรือสังคม)
gather – to come together in a group รวมกลุ่ม, รวมตัวกัน, จับกลุ่มกัน, ชุมนุม
throne – a special chair used by a king or queen to sit on at ceremonies ราชบัลลังก์
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
courtesy of – with the official permission of somebody/something and as a favour
unity – a situation in which people, groups, or countries join together or agree about something ความเป็นเอกภาพ, ความเป็นอันหนึ่งอันเดียวกัน
stability – a situation in which things happen as they should and there are no harmful changes ความมั่นคง, เสถียรภาพ
flock – to go someone in large numbers; to gather together in large numbers แห่กันไป
crisis – a situation that has reached and extremely difficult or dangerous point ช่วงวิกฤต
be in the forefront – in or into an important or leading position in a particular group or activity นำหน้า
address – a formal speech  คำปราศรัย
victim – someone who has been affected by a bad situation, such as a disaster, illness or an accident เหยื่อผู้เคราะห์ร้าย
sustainable – able to be successfully continued for a long time ยั่งยืน, ถาวร
mechanism – a method or a system for achieving something กลไก, วิธีการทำงาน, วิธีการ
benefit – an advantage you get from a situation; a helpful or good effect, or something intended to help ผลประโยชน์
balcony – a place where you can stand just outside an upper window. It sticks out from the wall of a building ระเบียง
monarch – a king or queen  กษัตริย์ หรือราชินี
aware – to know that something exists, or to have knowledge or experience of a particular thing ทราบ
suffering – physical or mental pain or problems ความทุกข์ทรมาน
tackle – to make an organised and determine attempt to deal with a problem จัดการ
hardship – difficulty ความลำบาก
cooperation – working together to achieve a result that will benefit all sides ความร่วมมือ, การทำงานร่วมกัน
mention – to refer to someone or something in speech or writing กล่าวถึ, เอ่ยถึง, พูดถึง
recommendation – a suggestion for how to solve a problem, deal with a situation ข้อเสนอแนะ
put into practice – to implement; to make something such as an idea, plan, system or law start to work and be used นำแผนหรือนโยบายมาปฏิบัติ, นำมาใช้
beneficial – helpful or good  มีประโยชน์
cost-effective – having good value for the amount of money paid ใช้จ่ายอย่างมีประสิทธิผล
keen – very interested in activity  สนใจอย่างยิ่ง
irrigation – the process of bringing water to land through a system of pipes, ditches, etc. in order to make crops grow ระบบชลประทาน
initated – created; started ริเริ่มโดย
advice – an opinion or a suggestion about what somebody should do in a particular situation  คำแนะนำ
state – government รัฐบาล
remind – to make someone think of something they have forgotten or might have forgotten เตือนความจำ
conflict – an angry disagreement between people or groups ความขัดแย้ง
moral support – giving someone encouragement ให้กำลังใจ
task – something that you have to do หน้าที่; ภารกิจ
prosperity – the situation of being successful and having a lot of money ความมั่งคั่ง ความเจริญรุ่งเรือง
oath of allegiance – to make a formal and public promise to be loyal คำสัตย์ปฏิญาณ
realise – to know about ตระหนัก  รู้
contribution – something that you do that helps to achieve something or to make it successful ผลงาน,การช่วยเหลือ
society – people in general, living together in communities สังคม
guidelines – official instructions or advice about how to do something สิ่งที่ช่วยแนะแนวทางให้ปฏิบัติ
generosity – kindness, especially in giving things to people ความกรุณา
the throne – the monarchy สถาบันกษัตริย์
commander – the head of an army or army unit ผู้บังคับบัญชา
vow – a serious promise สาบาน
royal institution (higher institution) – the monarchy ระบอบประชาธิปไตยอันมีพระมหากษัตริย์เป็นประมุข
glimpse – when you see something or someone for a very short time เหลือบดู, ชำเลือง, ชายตามอง
chant – to keep shouting or singing a word or phrase many times โห่ร้อง ร้องเพลง
motorcade – a group of cars traveling with someone very important ขบวนรถ (ขบวนรถพระที่นั่ง)

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