King voices love for all in historic interview

King voices love for all in historic interview

Their Majesties the King and the Queen allow a Mathayom 4 student from Wat Ratchabophit School to take a selfie with them while they greeted a royalist crowd outside the Grand Palace on Sunday night. (Photo by Wichan Charoenkiatpakul)
Their Majesties the King and the Queen allow a Mathayom 4 student from Wat Ratchabophit School to take a selfie with them while they greeted a royalist crowd outside the Grand Palace on Sunday night. (Photo by Wichan Charoenkiatpakul)

His Majesty the King called Thailand the "land of compromise" in an unprecedented comment on Sunday, in which he declared "love" for all Thais after months of protests calling for reform to the monarchy.

On Sunday, royal devotion was on display as thousands wearing yellow shirts -- the royal colour -- waited near the Grand Palace clutching portraits of Their Majesties.

Zigzagging through the crowd to greet supporters, the monarch was stopped by a reporter with Britain's Channel 4 who asked him about protesters calling for reform.

"We love them all the same," he repeatedly told the reporter, according to a clip posted on Channel 4's official Twitter account.

When asked if there is room for compromise, he said: "Thailand is the land of compromise."

As His Majesty moved through the crowd, the royalist crowd chanted, "We will live loyally, die faithfully" and "Long live the King!"

A teenager became the focus of attention on Sunday night when a photo of him with Their Majesties in the background went viral.

The Mathayom 4 boy from Wat Ratchabophit School was among the crowd which gathered outside the Grand Palace on Sunday. The King was greeted by him on Ratchadamnoen Nai Avenue after His Majesty finished changing the Emerald Buddha's attire to the winter season.

In a tweet that was shared by someone who called herself Karn Rak Porluang, it said the boy shared the moment when he asked Their Majesties for a selfie. The message went viral on Monday on social media.

"I said I'm a youth and came here to express my best wishes. I urged His Majesty to fight and not give up. His Majesty said thank-you. And I said I study at Wat Ratchabophit School and he asked which grade. I said Mor [Mathayom] 4 and His Majesty acknowledged.

"Then I asked His Majesty if I could take a selfie with him and he said: 'Go ahead'. "

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