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A year in photos ( 24 photo)

Pictures recap key events in Thailand in 2019. — Bangkok Post

25 Dec 2019
Jan 4: Pabuk, the first tropical storm hitting Thailand in three decades, made landfall in Pak Phanang district in Nakhon Si Thammarat. It left the country a day later with flooding in 18 provinces and three fatalities. — Sakulrat Sukanant

Jan 4: Pabuk, the first tropical storm hitting Thailand in three decades, made landfall in Pak Phanang district in Nakhon Si Thammarat. It left the country a day later with flooding in 18 provinces and three fatalities. — Sakulrat Sukanant

Jan 21: Areas around Bangkok were shrouded in thick haze. The poor air quality in the capital prompted authorities to consider declaring Bangkok a pollution control zone. — Pornprom Satrabhaya

Jan 21: Areas around Bangkok were shrouded in thick haze. The poor air quality in the capital prompted authorities to consider declaring Bangkok a pollution control zone. — Pornprom Satrabhaya

Feb 8: Thak Raksa Chart leaders registered Princess Ubolrathana as the party's prime ministerial candidate at the Election Commission. Hours later, His Majesty the King issued a royal command stating that the princess was a member of the royal family and that political involvement by a senior royal family member was inappropriate. — Patipat Janthong

Feb 8: Thak Raksa Chart leaders registered Princess Ubolrathana as the party's prime ministerial candidate at the Election Commission. Hours later, His Majesty the King issued a royal command stating that the princess was a member of the royal family and that political involvement by a senior royal family member was inappropriate. — Patipat Janthong

Feb 15: The Suksapan store's Ratchadamnoen branch, a state stationery store, closed its door after faithfully serving parents and students since 1950. — Chanat Katanyu

Feb 15: The Suksapan store's Ratchadamnoen branch, a state stationery store, closed its door after faithfully serving parents and students since 1950. — Chanat Katanyu

Feb 27: The first-ever legal effort to grow marijuana was shown at the Government Pharmaceutical Organisation closed-system site covering 100 square metres in Pathum Thani's Thanyaburi district. — Government Pharmaceutical Organisation

Feb 27: The first-ever legal effort to grow marijuana was shown at the Government Pharmaceutical Organisation closed-system site covering 100 square metres in Pathum Thani's Thanyaburi district. — Government Pharmaceutical Organisation

March 6: Kitissak Kasetsinsombat, director of the Pua Crown Prince Hospital in Nan, was named the 45th recipient of the Outstanding Rural Doctor of the Year award. — Pawat Laopaisarntaksin

March 6: Kitissak Kasetsinsombat, director of the Pua Crown Prince Hospital in Nan, was named the 45th recipient of the Outstanding Rural Doctor of the Year award. — Pawat Laopaisarntaksin

March 7: The Constitutional Court unanimously ordered the dissolution of the Thai Raksa Chart party for nominating Princess Ubolratana as its prime ministerial candidate, citing customary law. — Patipat Janthong

March 7: The Constitutional Court unanimously ordered the dissolution of the Thai Raksa Chart party for nominating Princess Ubolratana as its prime ministerial candidate, citing customary law. — Patipat Janthong

March 19: A 16-month jail term was handed to construction tycoon Premchai Karnasuta by the Thong Pha Phum Court for illegal possession of a dead pheasant and weapons, and conspiring to poach wildlife. He was released on bail. — Piyarach Chongcharoen

March 19: A 16-month jail term was handed to construction tycoon Premchai Karnasuta by the Thong Pha Phum Court for illegal possession of a dead pheasant and weapons, and conspiring to poach wildlife. He was released on bail. — Piyarach Chongcharoen

March 24: Millions of eligible voters headed to the polls for the country's first election since the 2014 coup. — Patipat Janthong

March 24: Millions of eligible voters headed to the polls for the country's first election since the 2014 coup. — Patipat Janthong

April 13: People across the country celebrated the Songkran festival. — Pornprom Satrabhaya

April 13: People across the country celebrated the Songkran festival. — Pornprom Satrabhaya

May 1: His Majesty the King announced his marriage to Gen Suthida Vajiralongkorn na Ayudhya, who is now known as Queen Suthida. — Patipat Janthong

May 1: His Majesty the King announced his marriage to Gen Suthida Vajiralongkorn na Ayudhya, who is now known as Queen Suthida. — Patipat Janthong

May 5: His Majesty the King was officially been crowned the king of Thailand during the coronation ceremonies and Queen Suthida was later declared Her Majesty the Queen. — Public Relations Department

May 5: His Majesty the King was officially been crowned the king of Thailand during the coronation ceremonies and Queen Suthida was later declared Her Majesty the Queen. — Public Relations Department

May 6: Their Majesties the King and Queen, accompanied by Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana, His Royal Highness Prince Dipangkorn Rasmijoti and HRH Princess Bajrakitiyabha, appeared on the balcony of the Suddhaisavarya Prasad Throne Hall in a grand public audience.  — Wichan Charoenkiatpakul

May 6: Their Majesties the King and Queen, accompanied by Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana, His Royal Highness Prince Dipangkorn Rasmijoti and HRH Princess Bajrakitiyabha, appeared on the balcony of the Suddhaisavarya Prasad Throne Hall in a grand public audience. — Wichan Charoenkiatpakul

May 26: Privy Council president and statesman Gen Prem Tinsulanonda died of heart failure. He was 99. — Bangkok Post

May 26: Privy Council president and statesman Gen Prem Tinsulanonda died of heart failure. He was 99. — Bangkok Post

June 3: People at Sanam Luang and other places across the country celebrated Her Majesty the Queen's birthday. — Patipat Janthong

June 3: People at Sanam Luang and other places across the country celebrated Her Majesty the Queen's birthday. — Patipat Janthong

July 28: Well-wishers held candles to celebrate His Majesty the King's 67th birthday at Sanam Luang. — Wichan Charoenkiatpakul

July 28: Well-wishers held candles to celebrate His Majesty the King's 67th birthday at Sanam Luang. — Wichan Charoenkiatpakul

Aug 2: Multiple bombs went off at Chong Nonsi BTS station and other locations in Bangkok and Nonthaburi, hurting three persons. — Patipat Janthong

Aug 2: Multiple bombs went off at Chong Nonsi BTS station and other locations in Bangkok and Nonthaburi, hurting three persons. — Patipat Janthong

Aug 17: Marium, the baby dugong whose fight to recover from illness won hearts and cast a spotlight on ocean conservation, died from an infection exacerbated by bits of plastic lining her stomach. — National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department

Aug 17: Marium, the baby dugong whose fight to recover from illness won hearts and cast a spotlight on ocean conservation, died from an infection exacerbated by bits of plastic lining her stomach. — National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department

Sept 9: Human rights defender Angkhana Neelapaijit (second left) and other Ramon Magsaysay recipient posed during ceremonies in Manila. — AP

Sept 9: Human rights defender Angkhana Neelapaijit (second left) and other Ramon Magsaysay recipient posed during ceremonies in Manila. — AP

Oct 5: Eleven wild elephants died after falling into Haew Narok waterfall in Khao Yai National Park. — Disaster Response Association of Thailand

Oct 5: Eleven wild elephants died after falling into Haew Narok waterfall in Khao Yai National Park. — Disaster Response Association of Thailand

Oct 13: Mourners across the country pay their respects to His Majesty King Bhumibol, who passed away three years ago.  — Wichan Charoenkiatpakul

Oct 13: Mourners across the country pay their respects to His Majesty King Bhumibol, who passed away three years ago. — Wichan Charoenkiatpakul

Nov 20: Pope Francis arrived in Thailand for a four-day visit to boost the morale of the Thai-Christian community in the country. — Government House

Nov 20: Pope Francis arrived in Thailand for a four-day visit to boost the morale of the Thai-Christian community in the country. — Government House

Nov 20: Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Jungroongruangkit was disqualified as an MP by the Constitutional Court because he held shares of V-Luck Media Co when applying to become an MP. — Pattarapong Chatpattarasill

Nov 20: Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Jungroongruangkit was disqualified as an MP by the Constitutional Court because he held shares of V-Luck Media Co when applying to become an MP. — Pattarapong Chatpattarasill

Dec 12: A spectacular royal barge procession on the Chao Phraya River for His Majesty the King marked the completion of the royal coronation ceremony. — Patipat Janthong

Dec 12: A spectacular royal barge procession on the Chao Phraya River for His Majesty the King marked the completion of the royal coronation ceremony. — Patipat Janthong