Thais celebrate His Majesty the King’s birthday

Thais celebrate His Majesty the King’s birthday

The place to be this year is Hua Hin where his Majesty the King has now made a public appearance on his birthday today. But you can celebrate anywhere and we will follow the events throughout the day.

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Photo courtesy of Royal Household Bureau

Huge excitement as His Majesty the King's motorcade comes into view. PANUMAS SANGUANWONG

The Royal Thai Navy gives His Majesty the King a 21-gun salute. PATTARAPONG CHATPATTARASILL


An emotional morning in Hua Hin has left many Thais in tears as they got a rare close-up glimpse of their King and heard him speak for this first time in a long while.

Huge crowds have packed the sea-side town of Hua Hin today. TAWATCHAI KHEMGUMNERD

The motorcade on route to the Rajpracha Samakhom Pavilion in Klai Kangwon Palace was packed with cheering subjects, endlessly repeating "Long Live the King."

Several generations say "Long live the King" in Hua today. PANUMAS SANGUANWONG

The Royal Guards march before the arrival of His Majesty the King. PATTARACHAI PREECHAPANICH

Crowds, estimated at over 40,000 line the entire motorcade route. PATTANAPONG HIRUNARD

After receiving traditional birthday wishes from His son the Crown Prince, the prime minister, the parliament president and supreme commander of the Thai armed forces, the King himself gave a short speechl

He spoke in a halting but determined voice with long pauses in between sentences. His message was clear and significant, given the country's current political turmoil.

The King urged all Thais to perform their duties for the national interest, stability and unity.

He said Thailand has been a peaceful country for a long time, with Thai people united and working to support each other for the national interest.

The many dignitaries inside the hall and the crowds outside were visibly moved by the King's speech.

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These two children already have their place for today's birthday celebrations in Hua Hin. SITHIKORN WONGWUDTHIANUN

Thais celebrate His Majesty the King’s birthday

Thousands of Thai people have arrived in the seaside town of Hua Hin in Prachuap Khiri Khan to get the opportunity to catch a glimpse of His Majesty the King on his 86th birthday today.

Large crowds were already in Hua Hin by yeterday afternoon. PANUMAS SANGUANWONG

A women gets a little warmth on a cool day in Hua Hin as she continues the long wait beside Phet Kasem road for the His Majesty the King's 86th birthday celebrations to begin. TAWATCHAI KHEMGUMNERD

The Royal Household Bureau announced that a royal audience will be granted at Rajpracha Samakhom Pavilion in Klai Kangwon Palace at 10.30am on a live broadcast. Members of the royal family, civil servants and royal guards will gather to wish His Majesty the King a happy birthday.

The palace grounds at Klai Kangwon is a popular backdrop for photos. PATTARACHAI PREECHAPANICH

Hundreds of well-wishers have lined both sides of Phetkasem road leading to Klai Kangwon Palace. Some of them have brought mats and tents as they intended to sleep overnight there. Some people even arrived on Monday.

The Transport Ministry is arranging special trains and buses to Hua Hin .

Special trains have been organised to bring well-wishers to Hua Hin. PATTANAPONG HIRUNARD

Transport Co managing director Wutthichart Kallayanamit said the firm is increasing public van services from Bangkok to Hua Hin from 390 to 570 trips on Wednesday and Thursday. The vans leave from Victory Monument and the southern bus terminal.

Bicyclists arrive in Hua Hin. Many had travelled for hundreds of kilometre in a journey begun on November 30. PATTANAPONG HIRUNARD

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) on Wednesday ordered all mobile phone operators to increase signal strength for mobile phones in order to accommodate the large crowd expected to arrive in Hua Hin on the King’s birthday from Wednesday to Friday, according to secretary-general Thakorn Tantasit.

Thailand Post Co has invited the public to send their messages to the King via its application “iPost-a-Card” available on smartphone until Dec 31. All messages will be printed on real postcards and submitted to His Majesty. A new stamp collection will also be released on Thursday.

There will also be a display of 30,000 fireworks from five boats anchored offshore so all people visiting Hua Hin beach can watch the display up close.

Back in Bangkok a young girl reads birthday wishes for HM the King at Siam Paragon. THANARAK KHOONTON

Also in Bangkok, political tension has been eased just ahead of the big event. Anti-government protesters at Ratchadamnoen Avenue have jointly helped to clean up their protest site on Wednesday morning. The avenue has been glittering at night with hundreds of thousands of tiny light blubs.

Anti-government protesters join together in a big cleaning day at their rally site at Democracy Monument in Bangkok. SEKSAN ROJJANAMETAKUL

Adapted from a story by Chaiwat Satyaem and Online reporters

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  • accommodate: to prepare what is needed for something - ปรับให้เข้ากับ, เปลี่ยนให้เหมาะกับ, จัดให้เหมาะ
  • anchor: to prevent a boat from moving by dropping a large very heavy object (an anchor) connected to the ship into the water - ทอดสมอ
  • application (app): a program designed to do a particular job; a piece of software - โปรแกรมใช้งาน, โปรแกรมคอมพิวเตอร์
  • audience: a formal meeting that you have with an important person, expecially royalty - การเข้าเฝ้า
  • backdrop: everything that you can see behind the main thing that you are looking at - ฉากหลัง ภาพเบื้องหลัง
  • broadcast: to send out a programme on television or radio - กระจายเสียง,กระจายข่าว
  • civil servants: people who work in the government departments responsible for putting central government plans into action - ข้าราชการ
  • Crown Prince: (in some countries) a prince who will become king when the present king or queen dies or leaves office - ทายาทของกษัตริย์ที่เป็นผู้ชาย
  • current: of the present time - ปัจจุบัน
  • determined: wanting to do something very much and not letting anyone or any difficulties stop you - ตั้งใจจริง, ซึ่งมุ่งมั่น
  • dignitary: a person who has an important official position - บุคคลที่มีตำแหน่งสูง, ผู้มีฐานะสูงส่ง
  • display: a performance that is intended to entertain people - การแสดง
  • emotional: related to strong feeling such as anger or love, or strong feelings in general - มีอารมณ์
  • generation: a group of people in society who are born and live around the same time - รุ่น (คนรุ่นต่างๆ)
  • given: because of a particular fact - เนื่องจาก
  • glimpse (noun): when you see something or someone for a very short time - การเหลือบดู, การชำเลือง, การชายตามอง
  • glittering: shining with a lot of small bright flashes of light - พร่างพราย
  • grant: to officially give something - ให้
  • halting (adj.): slowly; stopping and starting often, especially because you are very tired, not certain or are not very confident - ไม่คล่อง, ช้า
  • in tears: crying -
  • jointly: done together - อย่างร่วมกัน, พร้อมกัน, ด้วยกัน
  • line: to form lines or rows along something - เรียงเป็นแนว
  • live: happening now, i.e., not recorded earlier - ถ่ายทอดสด
  • motorcade: a group of cars traveling with someone very important - ขบวนรถ (ขบวนรถพระที่นั่ง)
  • moved (adj): caused to have strong feelings, especially of sympathy or sadness - สะเทือนใจ, ตื่นตัน, กระทบกระเทือนใจ
  • National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC): the independent government agency which oversees and regulates the Thai telecoms and broadcasting industry - สำนักงานคณะกรรมการกิจการกระจายเสียง กิจการโทรทัศน์และกิจการโทรคมนาคมแห่งชาติ
  • operator (noun): a person or company that runs a business - ผู้ดำเนินกิจการทางธุรกิจ, ผู้ประกอบธุรกิจ
  • opportunity (noun): a chance to do something, or a situation in which it is easy for you to do something - โอกาส
  • packed: crowded; full of people or things - แน่น
  • pause (verb): to stop talking or stop what you are doing for a short time - หยุดระหว่างพูด, หยุดชั่วขณะ
  • protest: a meeting or rally, sometimes forceful or violent, of people who strongly disagree with something - ชุมนุมประท้วง
  • rare: not happening very often - หาได้ยาก
  • salute: a formal signal make to show respect to someone, in this case, the firing of 21 guns - ยิงสลุต
  • significant: important - สำคัญ
  • site: a place where something is located - สถานที่
  • stability: a situation in which things happen as they should and there are no harmful changes; when something is not likely to move or change - ความมั่นคง, เสถียรภาพ
  • subject: a person who has the right to belong to a particular country, especially one with a king or queen - ประชากร, ผู้อยู่ภายใต้การปกครอง
  • submitted (verb): formally given to someone, usually, but not always, so that they can make a decision about it - ยื่น
  • supreme commander (noun): a military officer in charge of a country's armed forces, although not activity commanding any one branch - ผู้บัญชาการทหารสูงสุด
  • tension: the feeling caused by a lack of trust between people, groups or countries - ความตึงเครียด
  • terminal: a large building where passengers arrive and leave - อาคารผู้โดยสาร
  • traditional (adj): of a custom, a way of life or a way of doing things that has not changed for a long time - เป็นประเพณี, ตามธรรมเนียม, ตามที่ปฏิบัติกันมา
  • turmoil: a state of uncontrolled activity - การจราจล ความไม่สงบ
  • unity: a situation in which people, groups, or countries join together or agree about something - ความเป็นเอกภาพ, ความเป็นอันหนึ่งอันเดียวกัน
  • urge: to advise someone very strongly about what action or attitude they should take - ผลักดัน, กระตุ้น
  • visibly: in a way that is easily noticeable - อย่างชัดแจ้ง, อย่างเห็นได้ชัด

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