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Their Majesties the King and Queen are today making a visit to an Ayutthaya paddy field where the King harvested rice 16 years ago, an event sure to draw huge crowds of excited well-wishers. 

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By early yesterday morning, people had already begun to arrive for the Royal visit. SUNTHORN PONGPAO

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Province pulls out stops for royal visit

Food, medical care laid on for spectators

Sunthorn Pongpao

AYUTTHAYA : Provincial officials say they are fully prepared for His Majesty the King's visit to Thung Makham Yong paddy field in the province Friday and are looking forward to his arrival.

Ayutthaya governor Witthaya Piewpong said Thursday the province is "100 percent" ready for the royal visit, which starts in the early evening.

His Majesty the King, accompanied by Her Majesty the Queen and Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, will leave Siriraj Hospital at 4pm and arrive at Thung Makham Yong in Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya district at 5.20pm.

It will be His Majesty's first trip outside Bangkok and its neighbouring provinces since he was admitted to the hospital on Sept 19, 2009.

The Thung Makham Yong paddy field will soon be filled with 20,000 people. SUNTHORN PONGPAO

The King harvested rice from the royal experimental rice field in Thung Makham Yong on May 14, 1996. The field is in the same area as the kaem ling (monkey cheek) water retention royal project which was initiated by the King 16 years ago.

The paddy field will be divided into 18 zones to hold the estimated 20,000 people who are expected to turn up for the event, the Ayutthaya governor said.

Security checkpoints will be set up, with security staff using metal detectors to scan people who enter the paddy field, Mr Witthaya said.

Authorities from the provincial administrative organisation will provide free meals and drinking water.

People who cannot make it into the field can greet His Majesty the King along the 25km Pathum Thani-Ayutthaya road No 347 which the royal motorcade will pass on its way to the paddy field.

Free drinking water and medical services will be also provided along the route.

pull out the stops – to do everything possible to achieve something ใช้ทุกวิถีทาง
spectator – a person who watches an activity, especially a sports event, without taking part ผู้เข้าชม
paddy field – a field planted with rice growing in water นาข้าว
look forward to – to feel pleased and excited about something that is going to happen ตั้งหน้ารอคอย
accompany – to go with someone ไปด้วยกัน
neighbouring – located or living near or next to a place or person  ติดกัน, ที่อยู่ใกล้เคียง, ที่ตั้งอยู่ใกล้เคียง
admit – to put someone into hospital for medical treatment เปิดรับ
harvest – to gather in ripe crops  เก็บเกี่ยว
retention – the act of keeping or storing something การเก็บ
initiate – to make something start ริเริ่ม
zone – an area that has an important or typical feature; an area where a particular activity is allowed or not allowed พื้นที่, บริเวณ, เขต
estimated – thought to be a particular amount, size, etc. based on a guess or the best information available ประมาณการ
turn up – to come somewhere มาถึง
security – protection; systems providing for safety from attack, harm, or damage ระบบรักษาความปลอดภัย
metal detector – an electronic machine that is used, for example at an airport, to see if people are hiding metal objects such as weapons เครื่องตรวจหาโลหะ
authorities – people who have the power to make decisions or enforce the law เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
motorcade – a group of cars traveling with someone very important ขบวนรถ (ขบวนรถพระที่นั่ง)
route – the roads used to go from one place to another เส้นทาง

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