All ready for HM the King's birthday appearance

This Wednesday all eyes will be on the balcony of the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall where the King will appear at 10:30am before a crowd estimated in the hundreds of thousands.

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Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra participates in yesterday's rehearsal for a grand ceremony to mark His Majesty the King's 85th birthday on Wednesday. All eyes will be on the balcony of the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall where the King will appear at 10:30am.

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King shifts guards to make space for birthday celebration

Wassana Nanuam 

His Majesty the King has ordered royal guards to reposition themselves during his birthday address to allow his well-wishers more space and a better view.

The King will appear before a grand audience on Wednesday, his 85th birthday.

His Majesty has called for royal guards from 12 battalions to line up in formation inside the grounds of the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall instead of in the Royal Plaza where well-wishers will gather, the Royal Household Bureau said yesterday.

Initially, the armed forces planned to hold an oath of allegiance ceremony before His Majesty in the Royal Plaza to mark the King's birthday.

However, His Majesty has instructed 2,126 royal guards comprising the three armed forces to hold the ceremony inside the Throne Hall compound instead. This will lessen the distance between him and his subjects, Maj Gen Wara Boonyasit, the commander of the 1st Division, King's Guards, said.

"His Majesty wants more space to be given to the hundreds of thousands of well-wishers expected to turn up there," he said, adding that the King also wants his well-wishers to be as near to him as possible.

Only a battalion from the 29th Cavalry Squadron, King's Guards, will line up outside the hall, Maj Gen Wara said.

The Cavalry of the Royal Guard rehearses the Trooping the Colour march at the Royal Plaza yesterday. PATIPAT JANTHONG

"For the royal guards who will line up in the front yard of [the Throne Hall] during the ceremony, they will have a better opportunity to stay close to His Majesty," he said.

At 10am on Wednesday, the King will depart Siriraj Hospital. He will appear at the balcony of the Throne Hall at 10.30am to make his address. The event will be broadcast live on national television and will last about one hour.

Hundreds of thousands of well-wishers are expected to greet the King on the road as he makes his way to the Throne Hall. Many of the roads have been decorated with national and royal flags.

The second and last full dress rehearsal was held yesterday morning.

At 7am, royal guards in full uniform lined up at the Throne Hall to rehearse their oath of allegiance ceremony as suggested by His Majesty.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and leaders of the armed forces arrived at the venue at 9.30am for the rehearsal.

Ms Yingluck will lead government officials and members of the public during a speech to wish His Majesty a happy birthday and good health.

rehearsal – practice for something before doing it การซักซ้อม
ceremony – a formal public event งานพิธี
mark – to celebrate something เพื่อเฉลิมฉลอง
balcony – a place where you can stand just outside an upper window. It sticks out from the wall of a building ระเบียง
appear – to go to a place and be seen there ปรากฏตัว
shift – to move to another place; to change ย้าย, เปลี่ยน
reposition – to relocate; to move something to a new place ย้ายที่ใหม่
address – a formal speech  คำปราศรัย
audience – a formal meeting that you have with an important person, expecially royalty การเข้าเฝ้า
battalion – a large group of soldiers made up of several smaller groups known as companies กองทหาร, กองพันทหาร
formation – a particular arrangement or pattern แนว, แถว
gather – to come together in a group รวมกลุ่ม, รวมตัวกัน
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
initially – at first ในเบื้องต้น
oath of allegiance – to make a formal and public promise to be loyal คำสัตย์ปฏิญาณ
instruct – to tell somebody to do something, especially in a formal or official way สั่ง
comprise – to consist or be made up of two or more things ประกอบด้วย
throne – a special chair used by a king or queen to sit on at ceremonies ราชบัลลังก์
compound – an area in which a group of buildings stands บริเวณ
subject – a person who has the right to belong to a particular country, especially one with a king or queen ประชากร, ผู้อยู่ภายใต้การปกครอง
commander – the head of an army or army unit ผู้บังคับบัญชา
turn up – to come somewhere มาถึง
cavalry – the group of soldiers in an army who fight in tanks, or (especially in the past) on horses ทหารม้า
squadron – normally a particular section of the armed forces, especially of the air force ฝูงเครื่องบิน
Trooping of the Colour ceremony – a ceremony featuring all three branches of the armed forces to celebrate the birthday of the King of Thailand and pledging the loyalty of the Royal Thai Armed Forces to the monarch, normally taking place in the Royal Plaza at Bangkok, Thailand พิธีสวนสนามทหารราชวัลลภ
yard – an area outside a building with a grass or hard surface สนาม
address – a formal speech  คำปราศรัย
broadcast – to send out radio or television signals กระจายเสียง,กระจายภาพ
live – happening now, i.e., not recorded earlier ถ่ายทอดสด
decorate – to make something look more attractive by putting nice things on it or in it ประดับ, ตกแต่ง
dress rehearsal – the final practice of a play or other event การซ้อมใหญ่
suggest – to mention an idea or a plan for somebody else to think about  เสนอ, เสนอแนะ
venue – the place where an activity or event happens สถานที่ที่เหตุการณ์เกิดขึ้น

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