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Crowds dressed in yellow lined Phetkasem Road in Hua Hin this morning to catch a glimpse of His Majesty the King who made a public appearance to commemorate the 64th anniversary of Coronation Day.

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His Majesty the King waves to the crowd after leaving the Rajapracha Samakhom Pavilion where a Coronation Day ceremony was held. THITI WANNAMONTHA

King attends Coronation Day ceremony


PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN - His Majesty the King granted an audience to members of the royal family and to civil servants during a ceremony to commemorate the 64th anniversary of Coronation Day on Monday.

The ceremony was held at Rajapracha Samakhom Pavilion inside Klai Kangwon Palace in Hua Hin district, 130 kilometres south-west of Bangkok, on Monday morning.

Hua Hin was a sea of yellow for today's Coronation Day festivities. THITI WANNAMONTHA

Crowds of well-wishers, most wearing yellow, occupied areas on the footpaths along Phetkasem Road and repeatedly chanted "long live the King" as the royal motorcade made its way from Piemsuk Palace to the pavilion about 10.15am.

The event was broadcast live on television nationwide.

A family waits for the King to pass. PORNPROM STRABHAYA

The King arrived at the pavilion at 10.30am, but he did not deliver his traditional address on this occasion. The ceremony ended about 11am.

Her Majesty the Queen, 81, was not present during the ceremony.

Many well-wisher spent the night at the side of Phetkasem Highway to ensure they had a good view. THITI WANNAMONTHA

Key national figures, such as caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Privy Council president Prem Tinsulanonda, Democrat Party chief adviser Chuan Leekpai and MR Pridiyathorn Devakula, attended Monday's ceremony.

The King, 86, was crowned on May 5, 1950 at the Royal Palace in Bangkok.

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address : a formal speech - คำปราศรัย

adviser (noun): a person who gives advice, especially somebody who knows a lot about a particular subject - ที่ปรึกษา

anniversary : a date when you celebrate something that happened in a previous year that is important to you - วันครบรอบ

broadcast : to send out a programme on television or radio - กระจายเสียง,กระจายข่าว

caretaker : in charge for a short time, until a new leader or government is chosen - รักษาการ

chant : to keep shouting or singing a word or phrase many times - โห่ร้อง, โห่ร้องต้อนรับ, ร้องเพลง

civil servants : people who work in the government departments responsible for putting central government plans into action - ข้าราชการ

commemorate : to remember officially and give respect to a great person or event, especially by a public ceremony or by making a statue or special building - ฉลอง (เพื่อเป็นการระลึกถึง)

Coronation Day (noun): In Thailand, May 5, to mark the day His Majesty the King was officially crowned (May 5, 1950) - วันฉัตรมงคล

figure : someone who is important in some way - บุคคลสำคัญ

footpath : a path that is made for people to walk along - ทางเดิน

grant an audience : (of a king or queen or other member of a royal family) to allow a meeting to be held with the ruler - พระราชทานพระราชวโรกาสให้พสกนิกร หรือข้าราชการเข้าเฝ้าทูลละอองธุลีพระบาม

key : very important - ที่สำคัญ

live : happening now, i.e., not recorded earlier - ถ่ายทอดสด

motorcade : a group of cars traveling with someone very important - ขบวนรถ (ขบวนรถพระที่นั่ง)

nationwide : throughout a whole country - ทั่วทั้งประเทศ

occasion : a special event, ceremony or celebration - โอกาส, งาน

occupy : to use a place for period of time - ครอง

present : being in a particular place or situation - เข้าร่วม, อยู่

Privy Council : the group of appointed advisors to the King of Thailand - สภาองคมนตรีไทย

Rajapracha Samakhom Pavilion (noun): a building where ceremonies are held inside Klai Kangwon Palace in Hua Hin district. - ศาลาราชประชาสมาคม วังไกลกังวล

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

well-wisher : a person who expresses their good wishes or sympathy, often to someone who they do not know - ผู้ปรารถนาดีต่อผู้อื่น


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