King makes first provincial visit (Updated)

King makes first provincial visit (Updated)

His Majesty presides over a ceremony to unveil a new provincial hall in his first visit since assuming the throne. PATTARAPONG CHATPATTARASILL
His Majesty presides over a ceremony to unveil a new provincial hall in his first visit since assuming the throne. PATTARAPONG CHATPATTARASILL

His Majesty the King on Friday arrived in the southern province of Krabi to preside over a ceremony to unveil a new provincial hall in his first visit since assuming the throne December 1.

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King presides over new provincial hall opening

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Krabi – His Majesty the King on Friday arrived in the southern province to preside over a ceremony to unveil a new provincial hall in his first visit since assuming the throne, to the delight of people who spilled onto the streets to greet him.

Krabi has gone down in history as the first province that His Majesty the King has visited since his accession to the throne on Dec 1.

Local residents in Krabi and nearby provinces including Phuket, Phangnga and Surat Thani flocked to catch a glimpse of the King.

Welcome signs reading "Long Live the King" were put up across this popular tourist destination, which lies along the coast of the Andaman sea in southern Thailand as houses and buildings were adorned with national flags, as well as flags bearing the royal insignia of His Majesty the King.

Large crowds lined the entire route to the provincial hall. PATTARAPONG CHATPATTARASILL

Some people had camped out near the provincial hall on Thursday night for a better chance of seeing the King as hundreds of police, soldiers and officers from the provincial explosive ordnance disposal unit were deployed to maintain security around the area.

Local Thai Muslims wearing traditional dress turned up for the royal visit as well-wishers lined the streets holding photos of His Majesty along the route of the royal motorcade.

Krabi governor Phinit Boonlert said that officials from the Department of Public Works, Town and Country Planning had built and decorated a royal pavilion where the King presided over the ceremony to open the new provincial hall.

Large crowds were already lining the streets of Krabi this morning, hours before His Majesty the King was due to arrive. POST TODAY photo

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King to make first provincial visit today

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Tens of thousands of people in Krabi and neighbouring provinces are waiting in eager anticipation for a royal visit by His Majesty the King.

It will be His Majesty the King's first upcountry visit since his accession to the throne on Dec 1.

Krabi governor Phinit Boonlert said His Majesty will preside Friday over a ceremony to open a new provincial hall in the province, scheduled for 3pm.

Local people are delighted that the southern province of Krabi will be the first province to be visited by His Majesty the King.

Mr Phinit said that residents from Krabi's eight districts and nearby provinces are expected to turn up and welcome His Majesty the King along the roads from the Krabi airport to the provincial hall.

Preparations and security arrangements are now ready for the royal visit, Mr Phinit said, adding that officials had rehearsed the ceremony to welcome the King.

The provincial governor asked that local residents, and state agencies adorn their houses and buildings with national flags and portraits of His Majesty during the royal visit.

Mr Phinit expected a turnout of at least 36,000 people, and added that local fruits, Otop products, as well as a total of 10 lobsters will be presented to the King.

Krabi mayor Kiratisak Phukaoluan said Krabi residents are grateful that His Majesty's first official visit as king will be to their province. The late King visited Krabi in 1959, 1970 and 1973.

"People in Krabi and surrounding provinces are waiting eagerly for His Majesty the King to arrive," Mr Kiratisak said, adding that local people were helping to tidy up buildings in the city to prepare for the royal visit.

"His Majesty is the unifying force of all Thais. Thailand has the three major institutions – nation, religion, and the monarch – and the country cannot be without any of the three institutions, particularly the monarchy which has existed for a long time.

"We, the people of Krabi, would like to make a pledge of allegiance to His Majesty King Rama X," Mr Kiratisak said.

Under the guidance of the King, the province will develop and prosper, the Krabi mayor said.

Government House has received a new look with the portrait of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun. WASSANA NANUAM

Meanwhile, His Majesty the King on Wednesday granted the 10 newly appointed members of the Privy Council an audience to make an oath of allegiance at the Ambara Villa at the Dusit Palace.

Privy Council President Prem Tinsulanonda led the 10 Privy Council members in swearing a pledge of allegiance before His Majesty the King.

After the oath-taking ceremony, the King extended his thanks to the privy councillors for their intention to help with his work.

The King said the privy councillors will be given assignments, as well as an opportunity to provide him with advice. They will also help to maintain the security of the country in line with policies regarding the royal institution.

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  • accession to the throne: the act of becoming the ruler (king or queen) of a country - การขึ้นเสวยราชย์
  • adorn: to make something/somebody look more attractive by decorating it or them with something - ตกแต่ง, ประดับ
  • advice: an opinion or a suggestion about what somebody should do in a particular situation - คำแนะนำ
  • anticipation: a feeling of excitement about something important or enjoyable that is going to happen soon - การรอคอยอย่างคาดหวัง
  • appointed: officially chosen for a job - ถูกแต่งตั้ง
  • arrangement: a plan or preparation that you make so that something can happen - การจัดการ
  • assignment: a task or piece of work that somebody is given to do, usually as part of their job or studies - งานที่ได้รับมอบหมาย
  • audience: a formal meeting that you have with an important person, expecially royalty - การเข้าเฝ้า
  • camp out: to sleep outside, with or without a tent or other shelter, to stay in a place without the furniture and equipment that you normally have - ตั้งค่ายพัก, พักแรม
  • ceremony (noun): a formal public event - งานพิธี
  • coast: an area of land beside the sea - ชายฝั่ง
  • delight: a feeling of great happiness and pleasure - ความปลื้มปิติ
  • delighted: very happy or satisfied about something - ยินดีมาก,สุขใจ
  • deploy: (of police or soldiers) to put in place ready for action - ส่ง (ทหาร, ตำรวจ) ประจำการ.
  • destination: the place where someone or something is going - จุดหมายปลายทาง
  • develop: to think of or produce a new idea, product, etc. and make it successful; to build new houses, factories, etc. on an area of land, especially land that was not being used effectively before - พัฒนา
  • disposal: getting rid of something or, in this case, making an explosive safe   - การกำจัด
  • due to: scheduled to - มีกำหนด
  • eager: wanting to do or get something very much or enthusiastic about something that will happen - กระตือรือร้น
  • exist: to be real; to be present in a place or situation - มีอยู่
  • force (noun): a person or thing that has a lot of power or influence - คนหรือสิ่งที่มีอำนาจหรืออิทธิพล
  • glimpse (noun): when you see something or someone for a very short time - การเหลือบดู, การชำเลือง, การชายตามอง
  • grant: to officially give something - ให้
  • grateful: a feeling that you want thank someone because they have given you something or done something for you - สำนึกบุญคุณ
  • guidance: help and advice about how to do something or about how to deal with problems - การแนะแนว, การแนะนำ
  • history (noun): all the events that happened in the past - ประวัติศาสตร์
  • in line with: following a rule or system; also in accordance with and consistent with - สอดคล้องกับ
  • institution: an important tradition or system upon which society is based - สถาบัน
  • institutions: customs and traditions - ระบบหรือประเพณีนิยม
  • intention: a plan in your mind to do something - ความตั้งใจ เจตนา แผนการ
  • late: dead - ที่ล่วงลับไปแล้ว
  • line: to form lines or rows along something - เรียงเป็นแนว
  • lobster (noun): a sea creature with a hard shell, a long body divided into sections, eight legs and two large claws - กุ้งมังกร, กุ้งทะเลขนาดใหญ่
  • local: in or related to the area that you live, or to the particular area that you are talking about - ท้องถิ่น
  • maintain: to keep - รักษา
  • mayor: the most important elected official in a town or city - นายกเทศมนตรี
  • meanwhile: at the same time - ในเวลาเดียวกัน
  • monarch: a king or queen - กษัตริย์ หรือราชินี
  • motorcade: a group of cars traveling with someone very important - ขบวนรถ (ขบวนรถพระที่นั่ง)
  • neighbouring: located or living near or next to a place or person - ติดกัน, ที่อยู่ใกล้เคียง, ที่ตั้งอยู่ใกล้เคียง
  • oath (noun): a formal promise - การกล่าวปฏิญาณตน
  • oath of allegiance: to make a formal and public promise to be loyal - คำสัตย์ปฏิญาณ
  • opportunity (noun): a chance to do something, or a situation in which it is easy for you to do something - โอกาส
  • ordnance: weapons, ammunition, etc., especially military - สรรพาวุธ, อาวุธยุทโธปกรณ์
  • palace: the official home of a king, queen, president, etc, a large impressive house - พระราชวัง, ตำหนัก, ปราสาท
  • particularly: especially, or more than usual - โดยเฉพาะ
  • pavilion: a building or tent at a special ceremony, exhibition or show - พลับพลา, ปะรำ, ศาลา
  • pledge of allegiance (noun): a formal promise to be loyal - สาบานว่าจะซื่อสัตย์ต่อ, จงรักภักดีต่อ
  • policy (noun): a set of plans or action agreed on by a government, political party, business, or other group - นโยบาย
  • popular (adj): a situation in which someone or something is liked by many people - เป็นที่นิยม, เป็นที่ชื่นชอบ
  • portrait: a painting, photograph, drawing, etc. of a person - ภาพวาดหรือภาพถ่ายคน
  • preparations (noun): things that you do to get ready for something or make something ready - การตระเตรียม
  • preside (verb): to be in charge of a ceremony, official meeting, or other event - (ทรง) เป็นประธานในพิธี 
  • Privy Council: the group of appointed advisors to the King of Thailand - สภาองคมนตรีไทย
  • privy councillor: a member of the group of appointed advisors to the King of Thailand - องคมนตรี
  • prosper: to develop in a successful way; to be successful, especially in making money - เจริญก้าวหน้า, เจริญรุ่งเรือง
  • provincial hall: the main government building in a provincial capital - ศาลากลางจังหวัด
  • public works: building projects such as schools, roads, and railways that are built and paid for by the government - การโยธาสาธารณะ, สิ่งก่อสร้าง (ถนนหนทาง,เขื่อนที่ทำการไปรษณีย์และอื่น ๆ) ที่เป็นสาธารณูปโภค
  • regarding: concerning somebody/something; about somebody/something - เกี่ยวกับ
  • rehearse: to practise something you are going to do or say - ซ้อม
  • residents: people who live in a particular area - ประชาชนที่อาศัยในท้องที่
  • scheduled: planned to happen at a particular time or day - ตามตารางเวลา
  • security: a feeling of confidence and safety, or a situation in which you can feel confident and safe - ความมั่นคง, เสถียรภาพ
  • security: protection; systems providing for safety from attack, harm, or damage - ระบบรักษาความปลอดภัย
  • spill onto (verb): (verb) (of people) to come out of a place in large numbers and spread out onto a surface -
  • state agency: a government department or body - หน่วยงานของรัฐ
  • surrounding: all around a place - บริเวณรอบๆ
  • tidy up (verb): to make something clean and in good order; to arrange or deal with something so that it is well or correctly finished - จัดให้เป็นระเบีบบ, ทำให้เรียบร้อย
  • traditional: things (buildings, clothes, music, customs, etc.) that have been part of a country or society for a long time - แบบดั้งเดิม, เป็นประเพณี
  • turn up: to come somewhere - มาถึง
  • turnout: the number of people who come to an event or take part in an activity - ผู้ที่เข้าร่วม
  • unify (verb): to join people, things, parts of a country, etc. together so that they form a single unit - ทำให้เป็นอันหนึ่งอันเดียว, รวมกัน
  • unveil: to remove a cover or curtain from a painting, statue, etc. so that it can be seen in public for the first time - เอาผ้าคลุมออก
  • upcountry: areas outside of the Bangkok area; connected with an area of a country that is not near large towns - ต่างจังหวัด, ที่อยู่ในชนบท, ที่อยู่ห่างไกลจากเมือง
  • well-wisher: a person who expresses their good wishes or sympathy, often to someone who they do not know - ผู้ปรารถนาดีต่อผู้อื่น
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