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King's birthday appearance cancelled, but celebrations continue unabated (updated)

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His Majesty's doctors requested that the King not leave the hospital today for an audience at the Amarin Vinitchai Hall, dampening the morning events, but this evening's celebrations for His Majesty's 87th birthday are being carried out on a grand scale.

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Evening update

Fireworks filled there air at the conclusion of the candle-lighting ceremony in Sanam Luang. CHANAT KATANYU

A young boy with his candle at Sanam Luang. PATTARAPONG CHATPATTARASILL.

Thais throughout the nation have joined together in massed celebrations, culminating in a splendid candle-lighting ceremony in honour of His Majesty the King's 87th birthday. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha presided over the main event at Sanam Luang but there were simultaneous ceremonies nationwide, including an emotional gathering at Siriraj Hospital where the King is recuperating from a recent illness.

Part of the huge crowd at Siriraj Hospital. SEKSAN ROJJANAMETAKUL

The scene during the candle-lighting ceremony at Siriraj Hospital. PATTANAPONG HIRUNARD

The emotion of the occasion at Siriraj Hospital was almost too much for some. PATTANAPONG HIRUNARD

Morning stories

Ratchadamnoen Avenue is still glittering for the King's birthday, but His Majesty will not be attending his scheduled audience on advice from his doctors. PATTARAPONG CHATPATTARASILL

Friday morning update

The Royal Household Bureau has just released an announcement that His Majesty the King will not be making his scheduled appearance at Amarin Vinitchai Hall, at the Grand Palace.

The King was due to appear for an audience at 10.30am to allow well-wishers to wish him a happy birthday.

The Royal Household Bureau announced, however, that after a medical examination last night that, in the opinion of his doctors, His Majesty "was not ready" to leave the hospital at this time.

By early morning a large crowd of well-wishers had already gathered to hoping to the see the King leave for his audience at Amarin Vinitchai Hall, an event that has now been cancelled. SEKSAN ROJJANAMETAKUL

Here's more from our online reporters"

Hundreds of well-wishers wearing yellow shirts had been camping out at Siriraj Hospital and on nearby roads since Thursday to try to catch a glimpse of His Majesty, who was set to make a short trip to the Grand Palace to celebrate his 87th birthday.

Many of the well-wishers left their homes for the hospital Thursday after an official announcement said the King and Queen are in good health and will grant an audience at the Grand Palace today.

Many of the well-wishers at Siriraj Hospital this morning had camped out overnight. SEKSAN ROJJANAMETAKUL

Udom Kachintorn, dean of the Medicine Faculty at Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, said the hospital has provided space for people coming to see His Majesty.

“The presence of Thais turning up to welcome His Majesty will greatly boost His Majesty's morale,” Dr Udom said.

(11:30) Dr Udom has just elaborated on His Majesty's condition, saying he is still in a period of recuperation after his recent illness. Thus it is normal to keep him in the hospital and it doesn't mean his condition is serious. In fact, the King has been making a steady recovery, Dr Udom said. For a person of advanced age a recovery  period of 1-2 months is typical. He said His Majesty had very much wanted to make an appearance today.

Earlier story

King and Queen to appear on Dec 5

The festive lights are up and events have begun for His Majesty's the King's 87th birthday on Friday, December 5.

The spectacular Trooping of the Colours took place yesterday afternoon and this morning, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha has led the cabinet in making an oath of allegiance to His Majesty.

A scene from yesterday's Trooping of the Colours featuring His Majesty the King's Royal Guards. PATIPAT JANTHONG

The big event, however, was only announced yesterday.

The Royal Household Bureau has revealed that their Majesties the King and Queen, along with royal family members, will appear for an audience at the Amarin Vinitchai Hall, at the Grand Palace on Friday.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha leads the cabinet in an oath of allegiance to the King, pledging to be good government officials. CHANAT KATANYU

The monarch will appear in the hall at 10.30am to allow well-wishers to wish him a happy birthday.

His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn will lead the ceremony to wish the King a happy birthday after the 21-gun salutes. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and the chairman of the National Legislative Assembly, Pornpetch Wichitcholachai, will respectively state their good wishes to the King.

According to the announcement, His Majesty will respond to the well-wishers and then leave the palace.

In the evening, HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn will perform a merit-making ceremony at Wat Phra Kaew.

Video and still photos from yesterday's Trooping of the Colours.

Beginning at 9:17am Wednesday, the Grand Palace welcomed members of the public who wished to sign books of birthday wishes for the King. This opportunity will continue each day for the rest of the week.

Adapted from a story from our Post reporters.

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Vocabulary:

appear : to go to a place and be seen there - ปรากฏตัว

appearance (noun): an act of appearing; an act of appearing in public - การปรากฎตัว

assembly : a group of people who have been elected or chosen in order to discuss issues and make decisions - สภา, สมัชชา

audience : a formal meeting that you have with an important person, expecially royalty - การเข้าเฝ้า

boost : to increase; to strengthen - เพิ่ม; ทำให้มีกำลังมากขึ้น

cabinet : the group of government ministers who make and approve government policy - คณะรัฐมนตรี

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

condition : the physical state of a person or animal, especially how healthy they are - อาการ, สุขภาพ

Crown Prince : (in some countries) a prince who will become king when the present king or queen dies or leaves office - ทายาทของกษัตริย์ที่เป็นผู้ชาย

culminating : happening as the final result of a process or situation - มาสิ้นสุดลงที่

dean : a senior official at a college or university, often the head of a faculty or department - คณบดี

due to : scheduled to - มีกำหนด

elaborate : to add more information to or explain something that you have said - อธิบายเพิ่มเติม

emotional : related to strong feeling such as anger or love, or strong feelings in general - มีอารมณ์

event : a planned public or social occasion - งานสังคม

faculty : a group of departments in a college or university which specialise in a particular subject or group of subjects - คณะ

festive : connected with a festival or celebration - รื่นเริง, เกี่ยวกับเทศกาล

gathering : an occasion when many people come together as a group - การรวมตัว, การประชุม

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

Grand Palace (noun): the official residence of the Kings of Siam (and later Thailand) where important ceremonies are held - พระบรมมหาราชวัง

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

legislative : involving the part of government responsible for creating new laws - เกี่ยวข้องกับสภานิติบัญญัติ

mass : large numbers - จำนวนมหาศาล

merit-making : doing good things according to religious beliefs - การทำบุญ

monarch : a king or queen - กษัตริย์ หรือราชินี

morale : the amount of confidence and enthusiasm, etc. that a person or a group has at a particular time - กำลังใจ, ขวัญ

nationwide : throughout a whole country - ทั่วทั้งประเทศ

normal (adj.): typical, usual or ordinary; what you would expect - ปกติ, ภาวะปกติ

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

pledge : to make a serious promise to do something - สัญญา

preside : to be in charge of an official meeting, ceremony or other event - เป็นประธาน ในพิธี ในที่ประชุม

recovery (noun): the process of becoming normal and healthy again - การฟื้นตัว, การฟื้นฟู

recuperate : to get better after being ill or injured - ฟื้นไข้

recuperation (noun): getting back your health, strength or energy after being ill/sick, tired, injured, etc. - การฟื้นคืนสู่สภาพปกติ

release : to allow something to be shown or known to the public or to be available for use - เปิดเผย, ปล่อยข่าว

respectively : in the order in which they were mentioned - ตามลำดับ

reveal : to show or let something become known - เปิดเผย

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

salute : a formal signal make to show respect to someone, in this case, the firing of 21 guns - ยิงสลุต

scheduled : planned to happen at a particular time or day - ตามตารางเวลา

simultaneous : happening at the same time - ในเวลาเดียวกัน,ที่พร้อมกัน

spectacular : a large and impressive public event or performance - การแสดงหรือภาพที่น่าตื่นเต้น,ประทับใจ

splendid : very impressive or very good - ที่น่าประทับใจ

state : to formally write or say something, especially in a careful and clear way - บอกกล่าว, แถลง, กล่าว

steady : staying at the same level, speed, value etc - ไม่เปลี่ยนแปลง, สม่ำเสมอ

the public : people in general - ประชาชน, สาธารณชน, มหาชน

Trooping of the Colours (noun): 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

turn up : to come somewhere - มาถึง

typical : happening in the usual way; showing what something is usually like - ตามแบบฉบับ, ตามปกติ

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

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