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King sends New Year greetings

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His Majesty the King has called on all Thais to extend compassion to others as a way to lead a happy life, in the royal New Year's greeting card released by the palace Monday. 

The New Year card features His Majesty the King in casual dress, flanked by the royal favourite pet dogs, Khun Thong Daeng and Khun Mali. (Photo courtesy of the Royal Household Bureau)

The New Year's card features His Majesty the King in casual dress flanked by his favourite royal pet dogs, Khun Thongdaeng and Khun Mali. It contains a poem bearing a royal message, and a royal blessing to the King's subjects.

The card is a royal tradition which the King has extended to Thais for the past several years.

In his poem, His Majesty the King said compassion is a virtue which can bring happiness to all. The gratitude expressed to those who extend their compassion will add to ties of care and friendship between people, His Majesty the King said.

The card carries a "Happy New Year" message on the right-hand side. The card, which was released about 7.45pm on New Year's Eve (0045 GMT Monday), is framed with lines of small human faces - all carrying smiles on them.

His Majesty the King also looks cheerful, with a light smile on his face.

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