Once in a lifetime
Bangkok turns yellow as people from all walks of life are united in celebrating His Majesty's Diamond Jubilee
There was weeping, cheering and silent reverence as hundreds of thousands of people converged to hear His Majesty the King speak on the 60th anniversary of his accession to the throne.
The monarch seemed as moved by the massive congregation - which turned the Royal Plaza and the length of Ratchadamnoen avenue into a sea of yellow - as his loyal subjects who had come together from all over the country.
The King thanked the organisers of the celebration and well-wishers, saying their spirit of kindness had lifted his inner strength.
Speaking at about midday, he stressed the importance to the country of unity, compassion and moral integrity.
"Everyone should think and act with honesty while staying true to the rules and respecting equality," he said.
Hoisting yellow flags bearing the royal insignia, people from all walks of life sent up a deafening roar when the King appeared on the balcony of the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall.
When he retreated with a wave after the short address, the crowd bade farewell to him with repeated chants of "Long Live the King".
Wise words as His Majesty addresses the nation
His Majesty the King's speech delivered at the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall yesterday:
"I'm very delighted to be in the midst of this great congregation of individuals from all institutions of the country and the public at large. I thank you for your complimentary wishes and the grand celebrations which everyone has put in the effort to arrange especially for me. The government has organised today's event in a way definitive of an orderly and elaborate affair, characterising the collective hospitality of the Thai people, expressed throughout the land and by all of you here before me. This is truly overwhelming given the depth of the display of sincere goodwill you have carried with you. I thank you all.
The spirit, full of kind intentions and solidarity that is common among each one of us, has lifted my inner strength. It is uplifting also to think of the moral integrity which is the basis of love and unity binding us Thais together as we preserve the nation and help it prosper.
But firstly, we should be compassionate to each other in our thoughts, speech and actions in order to achieve progress. Secondly, we must come to the aid of each other and work for the mutual well-being of ourselves, others and of the nation as a whole. Thirdly, everyone should think and act with honesty while staying true to the rules and respecting equality. Fourthly, as everyone strives to ensure their thoughts and views conform to righteousness and remain steadfast to reason, their minds and conduct must be in tandem with virtuous resolve. If this is achieved, there can be no doubt Thailand will stand proud and tall forever. I urge everyone in this congregation and Thais from all walks of life to cherish and firmly uphold righteousness and moral integrity. This dedication to moral security should be undertaken without interruption, so the country can live on with happiness, now and in the future.
May the sacred Phra Sri Radhanatrai (Buddhism's Triple Gems) and the forces of the highest reverence protect our country from danger and bless all Thais with joy, happiness and prosperity."
Waiting no problem for well-wishers
People pay tribute to their 'guiding light and inspiration'
Only 15 minutes after members of the public began to sign a book to show their respect for His Majesty the King at a tent in front of the Sahathai Samakom Pavilion, a ball-point pen supplied for the well-wishers ran out of ink.
Officials were busy for hours replacing pens and adding pages to the books, which were quickly used up as people queued for their turn to sign.
Each received souvenirs - a book about the closeness of His Majesty the King and the late Princess Mother, and a prayer book.
"The King is selfless. He is my guiding light and my inspiration. I wish him a long reign," she said.
"The King saved my life," said Mr Chucheep. "I'm alive now because I had a heart transplant thanks to a royally-initiated project."
Songyos Thammasaro, 38, said: "The King has solved so many problems. Everything he has told us or warned the public of is always a solution to certain problems [facing us].
"What he says is timeless and universal. His warning that we should not depend totally on technology strikes a chord in me."
20,000 fireworks illuminate Bangkok
Bangkok's skies were set aglow by another tableau of high-tech fireworks celebrating the 60th anniversary of His Majesty the King's accession to the throne.
Fireworks displays Saturday night, launched from barges anchored in the Chao Phraya river between the Phra Buddhayodfah and Phra Pinkhao Bridges, set the capital's night skies aglow with dazzling colours, sounds and pageantry.
The public were invited to see the fireworks along both banks of the river, starting at 8:30 pm. Thousands ignored isolated thunderstorms around the capital to watch.
An official who led a technical team said the fireworks would be launched from three 90-foot barges moored in the mid-Chao Phraya river in front of Wat Arun, also known as the Temple of Dawn.
Saturday's 20,000 nighttime fireworks display is supported by the Japanese government.
Another fireworks display to celebrate the auspicious occasion, this time sponsored by the Chinese government, will be held at the Royal Turf Club on Sunday evening.
HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej, links tradition, love, and the future
BANGKOK, June 10 (TNA) - In ceremonies dating to ancient Sukhothai, Thailand's King on Saturday performed religious ceremonies marking the 60th anniversary of his accession to the throne 60 years ago, a lifetime ago, linking the worlds of 1946, the 13th century and the 21st century in one colourful tapestry.
His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit, accompanied by members of the royal family, performed religious rites for the benefit of the nation in the historic Amarindra Vinitchai Throne Hall at the Grand Palace in Bangkok.
Whatever HM the King suggests will be implemented and carried on
BANGKOK, June 10 (TNA) - The government will continue all His Majesty the King-initiated projects and implement whatever the revered monarch has advised, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said here on Friday.
The prime minister told TNA that all Thais are loyal and feel gratitude to His Majesty the King for his wisdom and dedication for the better life and well-being of his subjects throughout the kingdom over the past 60 years.
Yellow-clad crowds roar approval as Thai monarch calls for unity
BANGKOK, June 9 (TNA) - A shimmering sea of monarch-adulating Thais clad in brilliant yellow roared approval as King Bhumibol Adulyadej appeared on the balcony of the Ananda Samakom Throne Hall Friday morning, 60 years to the day after he ascended the throne in 1946.
His Majesty the King appeared in solitary simplicity contrasting with the pomp and circumstance of the stream of official ceremonials, on the balcony of the Ananda Samakom Throne Hall, granting an audience to the public at large, representing all the people of Thailand.
Thais gather to honour HM the King's 60th year on the throne
BANGKOK, June 9 (TNA) - Hundreds of thousands of Thais gathered at the Royal Plaza in the heart of Bangkok Friday morning to see His Majesty the King make a rare public appearance to mark HM the King's 60th anniversary on the throne.
Thais from around the kingdom, united in showing their colour, yellow polo and tee shirts -- yellow being the King's birth colour for Monday, the day of his birth -- packed the Royal Plaza in considerable heat in the hope of catching a glimpse of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and show their loyalty and gratitude to the monarch's faithful conduct of royal duties and his dedication to the people.