Beautiful & splendid pictures of the Royal Barge Procession
more pictures from reuters-yahoo & polfoto :
1 - Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej (C) and his royal guests pose for a family photo at Ananda Samakhom Throne Hall in Bangkok June 12, 2006.
2 - Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej (C) and Queen Sirikit (L) speaks with Britain's Prince Andrew
3 - Prince Henrik of Denmark (R) speaks with Crown Prince Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck of Bhutan
4 - Thailand's Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra (R) welcomes Britain's Prince Andrew
some more pictures of the event at Ananda Samakhom Throne Hall (from ThaiGovernment, ANP, hola)
The night event at the Royal Navy Club
(from reuters-yahoo & AP-Polfoto)
1 - Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej (L) and Queen Sirikit depart after attending the royal barge procession in Bangkok June 12, 2006. The royal barge procession was part of the ceremonies celebrating the 60th anniversary of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej's accession to the throne.
2 - Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej (C) looks up as he arrives at the Royal Navy Club with Queen Sirikit in Bangkok June 12, 2006.
3 - Japanese Emperor Akihito, left, and Empress Michiko arrive at the Thai Royal Navy Club in Bangkok Monday, June 12, 2006.
4 - Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco walks the red carpet as she arrives Monday, June 12, 2006, for ceremonies at the Thai Navy headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand.
5 - Britain's Prince Andrew, left, walks with Luxembourg Grand Duke Henri as they arrive for ceremonies Monday, June 12, 2006, at the Thai Navy headquarters in Bangkok
6 - Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko travel by golf cart between ceremonies honouring the Diamond Jubilee of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej in Bangkok June 12, 2006.
Close up of Mette-Marit tonight at the Royal Navy Club, it looks like she bringing the golden purse from the spanish state visit, and the same golden shoes.
The last one is when she & Haakon greet the King & Queen. She looks very graceful..
(photos from nettavisen)
why do they kiss the king's hand and when the servants offer the guests drinks they are always on their kneeze??
it's not only when they are offering the drinks. Thailand is only the few monarchy who still preserved tradition like this. I remembered seeing pictures of arriving royals when they are on state visit, then, they would be welcomed by a lined up of royal servants kneeling down to the floor. It's still amazes me sometimes.
A few more pictures of King Abdullah in Thailand (from Petra)
The last picture is taken at the Royal Navy Club, when he arrived to watch the royal barge procession.
Several more picture from Aftenposted & Getty & reuters :
1 - Crown Prince Haakon arriving at the Ananta Samakhon Throne Hall
2 - Jordanian King Abdullah II travels in a golf cart to follow a Thai royal barge procession
3&4 - Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah the Emir of Kuwait arrives at the Royal Navy Club
5-9 - Dutch Prince of Orange Willem Alexander, Dutch Princess Maxima and Crown Prince Tupouto'a of Tonga arrive at the Royal Navy Club
10 - Qatar's Sheikha Moza Bin Nasir Al-Musnad
This has been a most wonderful day! Thank you so much, Jess! (And all the others too, of course!) Such wonderful pictures and it's only getting better and better! What a wonderful event and what a splendid palace. And all those boats on the river! The Thai people definitely know how to throw an impressive party.
As for the train pics: both Mathilde and Maxima look stunning! :)
1&2 - Thai King Bumibhol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit arrive to watch a royal barge procession, a centuries-old ceremony held only once every few years, along the famous Chao Phraya river in Bangkok, 12 June 2006.
3 - Thai Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn (R) receives Japanese Emperor Akihito (C) and Empress Michiko as guests arrive to watch a royal barge procession
4 - Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg (L) and Duke of York (R) arrive at the Royal Navy Club
5 - Prince Alois of Leichtenstein
6 - Morocco's Princess Lalla Salma (R) along with Norway's Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Matte-Marit arrives to watch a royal barge procession, a centuries-old ceremony held only once every few years, along the famous Chao Phraya river in Bangkok, 12 June 2006.
7 - Thai Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn (C) and Princess Sirindhorn (R) receives Morocco's Princess Lalla Salma to watch a royal barge procession
8 - Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Sayyid Sihab bin Tariq Taimour Al Said (C), wife of Qatar's Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa al-Thani, and Morocco's Princess Lalla Salma (R) wait to watch a royal barge procession
9 - Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej (R) sits along with his family members to watch a royal barge procession
Someone asked what the round "things" (they look beaded) with a tassle attached are -- does anyone know? I noticed that in the barge procession very large versions of these "things" adorned the prows of the barges. I'm curious to know if anyone can help.
It called Phuang Malai.:) It is Thailand unique ways of arranging flowers and using them in decorations, which are different from other places. Garlands were traditionally hung in front of windows, thus allowing the aromatic jasmine to waft into the house. If offered to guests, they substitute for words like'Welcome' and the higher the status of the person, the more elaborate the garland. A garland offered to the King, for example, is as intricate as any floor mosaic. From Thaiwave.com "Normally the ladies of the Court spent many hours in arranging flowers like those we see in purple platinum’s amazing pics."
a few more pictures inside Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall (from afp-belga & epa-anp)
also from Getty :
1-2 : Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej (back-L) and Queen Sirikit (R) arrive at the Royal Navy Club in a Golf Cart to attend the Royal Barge Procession on June 12, 2006 in Bangkok
3 : Prince Albert II of Monaco (2nd row L) and Prince Henrik of Denmark (R) arrives at the Royal Navy Club
"The prosperity of the country does not rest with any individual, but is the duty of all Thais."
- His Majesty the King
Their Majesties the King and Queen received royal guests at the Italianate 19th century Ananda Samakhom Throne Hall this afternoon, in a grand celebration in Bangkok recognising and honouring His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej as the world's longest reigning monarch.
The diverse royalty -- the emperor of Japan, kings, queens, a sultan, a sheik and royal representatives from 25 nations-- attended the grand ceremony at the marble hall of the palace at Bangkok's Royal Plaza to celebrate the 60th anniversary of His Majesty's accession to the throne.
Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra spoke at the ceremony. "As we celebrate this anniversary, it is not the length but the accomplishments that is the true legacy of your majesty's reign," he said. Mr Thaksin praised the king's well-known accomplishments in rural development and his "unifying role that has enabled Thailand to move forward over the past 60 years."
In his brief royal address, His Majesty King Bhumibol thanked the Thai people as a whole for their full support to his royally initiated projects and urged all Thais to do their duty as best as they can to strive for the well-being of the country.
"The prosperity of the country does not rest with any individual, but is the duty of all Thais," he said. "As a Thai, I have the same duty, as do all the people in the country, to do their utmost."
Their Majesties then accompanied the royal guests to the Royal Thai Navy Convention Hall to watch a procession of 52 royal barges along the Chao Phraya River, which is the highlight of the jubilee celebration.
On Tuesday, Their Majesties will host a state dinner for the royal guests at the Chakri Throne Hall in the Grand Palace to conclude the formal celebrations, which began last Thursday. -(TNA) http://www.bangkokpost.com/breaking_....php?id=102530
1-3 Golden Royal Palace is illuminated with lit up fountains and floating lanterns along the Chao Phraya River as the Royal Barge Procession takes place on June 12, 2006 in Bangkok.
4 - The Thai Royal Barge procession cruises down the Chao Praya river celebrating the 60th anniversary celebrations of Thailand King Bhumibol Adulyadej accession to the throne on June 12, 2006 in Bangkok, Thailand.
The Royals arriving at the Royal Navy Club
3 - Sheikha Moza Bin Nasir Al-Musnad of Qatar
5 - Emperor Akihito of Japan (2nd row L) and Empress Michiko of Japan (i think it's Princess Chulabhorn sitting in front)
9 - King Mswati III of Swaziland