His Majesty the King to make birthday appearance

His Majesty the King will make a public appearance on his 84th birthday, the highlight of this year's celebrations. Photo courtesy of CM organiser public company.

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Panoramic images are projected onto the walls of the Grand Palace. The images will displayed during the celebration of his Majesty the King’s birthday on Dec 5 on Na Phra Lan Road. The picture show will be held from Dec 3-9. Photo courtesy of CM organiser public company

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King to greet the people on birthday


His Majesty the King will greet the masses on Dec 5 as the nation celebrates the monarch's 84th birthday.

The King will arrive at the Chakri Maha Prasart Throne Hall in the Grand Palace at 10.30am on Dec 5, Royal Household Bureau special adviser Ratanavudh Vajarodaya said.

On Dec 5, 480 royal guards will take part in the ceremony which includes taking the oath of allegiance.

About 5,000 government guests and well-wishers will attend the event.

Other events to celebrate the King's birthday will be held from Dec 3-9 at Sanam Luang, Mr Ratanavudh said.

Here is another set of photos projected on the Grand Palace walls. Photo courtesy of CM organiser public company.

The events include light and sound performances and a film 84 Years of Rattanakosin's Prosperity. The film will be projected on the wall of the Grand Palace. It will run for 20 minutes from 7pm to 10pm, Mr Ratanavudh said.

The cabinet yesterday approved 117.7 million baht for the birthday events. Deputy government spokesman Chalitrat Chantharubeksa said the budget, initially set at 106.5 million baht, was increased to 117.7 million baht.

The cabinet also resolved to appoint a ceremonial committee, chaired by Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Yongyuth Wichaidit, Mr Chalitrat said.

Culture Minister Sukumol Khunploem yesterday said the ministry and Asean countries had agreed to jointly hold an international performance to mark His Majesty's birthday. The performance will be held on Dec 6 and 7 at the National Theatre.

There will be no admission fee.

panoramic – of a view of a wide area of land ทัศนียภาพ
image – a photograph, painting, or other work of art that represents a person or thing รูปภาพ
project – to make light, an image, etc. fall onto a flat surface or screen ฉาย, แพร่ภาพ
display – to put something in a particular place so that people can see it easily  โชว์, แสดง
celebration – a party or special event at which you celebrate something such as a birthday or a religious holiday การฉลอง
courtesy of – with the official permission of somebody/something and as a favour
masses – large numbers of people ประชาชนจำนวนมาก
monarch – a king or queen  กษัตริย์ หรือราชินี
throne – a special chair used by a king or queen to sit on at ceremonies ราชบัลลังก์
Royal Household Bureau – an agency of the Monarchy of Thailand, responsible for the upkeep of the royal palaces, royal ceremonies, public relations and the management of the royal finances สำนักพระราชวัง
adviser – a person who gives advice, especially somebody who knows a lot about a particular subject ที่ปรึกษา
ceremony – a formal public event งานพิธี
oath of allegiance – to make a formal and public promise to be loyal คำสัตย์ปฏิญาณ
performance – the act of carrying out some type of entertainment or sport การแสดง
prosperity – the situation of being successful and having a lot of money ความมั่งคั่ง
cabinet – the group of government ministers who make and approve government policy คณะรัฐมนตรี
approve – to give official permission อนุมัต
budget – an amount of money able to be spent on something งบประมาณ
initially – at first ในเบื้องต้น
resolve – to make a formal decision ตัดสิน, มีมติ
appoint – to choose someone officially for a job or responsibility แต่งตั้ง,ตั้งให้เป็น
chair – to be the person in charge of a meeting, committee, or company ดำรงตำแหน่งประธาน, ทำหน้าที่ในฐานะประธาน
jointly – done together อย่างร่วมกัน, พร้อมกัน, ด้วยกัน
mark – to celebrate something เพื่อเฉลิมฉลอง
admission fee – a payment required to be allowed to enter a place, attend a performance, etc. ค่าผ่านประตู
panoramic – of a view of a wide area of land ทัศนียภาพ

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