HM King's reception on July 28

HM King's reception on July 28

The grand reception in honour of His Majesty the King will be held on July 28, which also marks the monarch's birthday, according to Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam.

"The government is ready to hold the grand reception," said Mr Wissa­nu, noting that such events in the past were not held immediately after the coronation.

The deputy premier said the grand reception or Samosorn Sannibat would be organised again on May 4 next year to mark the anniversary of coronation day.

The grand reception will be organised at Government House, where renovations are now underway and likely to be completed in June, the govern­ment said.

Meanwhile, the government will also organise a series of performances to cele­brate the King's coronation from May 22-28 between 5-11pm.

Yupha Taweewattanakitborvon, deputy permanent secretary for culture, said 300-600 performers will take part in the shows every day.

The events will bring together various organisations, which is in line with the government's initiative on inclusiveness, she said.

The shows include a khon dance, symphony orchestra, a Thai classical music performance, folk songs, musical theatre as well as local shows from the four regions, Ms Yupha said.

The King's coronation will begin tomorrow and ends on Monday.

One of the highlights of the ceremony is the liap phranakhon ritual which will be performed by the King on Sunday during which the monarch will make a short trip in a traditional procession to parts of the capital.

Pol Lt Gen Kraiboon Suadsong, head of the Police Strategy Office, said that authorities were concerned about people who may have to wait a long time in the intense heat. He added that authorities were planning to provide caps to at least 150,000 spectators.

The spectators will be handed the caps after passing through security screening points, he said.

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