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Old 06-12-2006, 05:20 PM
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Yes, that last pic is gorgeous! Thanks for posting it, Humera.
I found a very short movie of Japanese television (about 1 minute). I don't understand one bit of what they're saying, but it's nice to see the royals moving around and talking to each other... :p
http://meta.cdn.yahoo-streaming.jp/c...1&media=wm300k
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Royals arriving for a Reception hosted by the Thai Government

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Impressive photo taken on 9 June 2006 (from EPA)

Bangkok's royal palace and park is lilt up by hundreds of thousands of candles in honour of the Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej's 60 year celebrations to the throne. Hundreds of thousands of Thais gathered at Sanam Luang, or the Royal Grounds to light candles to pray for the longevity of King Bhumibol and honour his reign, the longest in Thai history. He is also the world's longest-serving monarch.

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2 more from Polfoto :

In this photo released by Thailand Public Relations Department, Thai King Bhomibol Adulyadej, left, and Queen Sirikit wait for guests at the Royal Navy Club in Bangkok Monday, June 12, 2006. The world's longest reigning monarch celebrated the 60th anniversary of his accession to the throne.


In this photo released by Thailand Public Relations Department shows Thai King Bhomibol Adulyadej, in the chair, awaits guests along with his eldest daughter Princess Ubol Ratana, sitting on the floor at center, and her two daughters Ploypailin Jansen, left, and Sirikitiya Jansen, at the Royal Navy Club in Bangkok Monday, June 12, 2006. The world's longest reigning monarch celebrated the 60th anniversary of his accession to the throne.


(AP Photo/Thailand Public Relations Department, HO /Polfoto)

Also, several more from Corbis (some of these may've been posted before, but i think, these slightly have better picture qualities)


Sweden's King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia, (L) chat with Norway's Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit. during the anniversary celebrations for the Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej's 60th accession to the throne inside the Ananda Samakhom Throne Hall in Bangkok.



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More of the celebration so far (from EPA-Corbis)

Bangkok's Royal Palace is lit by fireworks in honour of the Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej's 60 year anniversary celebrations of his rule. Hundreds of thousands of Thais gathered to watch the fireworks. King Bhumibol's is the world's longest-serving monarch
June 10, 2006



June 12, 2006

More of the arrival of royal guests :

4 - Royal Highness Inkhosikati LaDube, the Royal Consort of King Mswati III from Swaziland
5 - HM King Letsie III of Lesotho
6 - Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah
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Thai men paddle a traditional longtail boat during a royal barge procession in honour of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej's 60th anniversary of ascending the throne. Royalty from 25 countries are in the Thai capital for the festivites.
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Reception for Foreign Monarchs Hosted by His Majesty the King
(13/6/2006)

His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej is scheduled to host a reception on June 13 for visiting foreign monarchs and royal representatives participating in the Sixtieth Anniversary Celebrations of His Majesty’s Accession to the Throne.

The reception takes place at Borommaratchasathit Maholan Hall, the extended part of Chakri Maha Prasat Throne Hall in the Grand Palace compound. According to the program, distinguished guests begin to arrive at Chakri Maha Prasat Throne Hall at 6:30 p.m. Their Majesties the King and Queen arrive at 7:30 p.m., waiting for welcoming royal guests.

The least senior visiting monarch, based on the number of years on the throne, arrives first. The most senior one is the last person to arrive. Their Majesties the King and Queen receive royal visitors until an appropriate time when the Lord Chamberlain invites Their Majesties, together with foreign monarchs and royal family members, to take their places at the dining room.

The menu for this historic reception consists of five courses of Western dishes, which also include fresh produce and materials from the Royal Project. The chef and other experienced cooks come from the Oriental Hotel in Bangkok. Grand Chamberlain Khwankeo Vajarodaya , who is also expert in culinary art, has given advice to the chef on the preparation of the banquet.

Following the reception, His Majesty the King delivers a speech, expressing his thanks to the foreign monarchs and royal representatives. The royal Thai anthem is played after his speech. His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the sultan and yang di-pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, who is the most senior visiting monarch, represents the gathering of foreign royalty to offer best wishes to His Majesty the King.

Following the reception, Their Majesties the King and Queen lead visiting foreign guests to another room for tea service. Then the royal visitors depart for their hotels. The most senior monarch leaves first and the others depart in descending order, by the number of each monarch’s years on the throne.

After the departure of all royal guests, Their Majesties the King and Queen depart, concluding the historic reception for the large gathering of monarchs from all over the world in Thailand.
http://english.60thcelebrations.com/...ail.php?id=129


Their Majesties the King and Queen to host state dinner banquet to Royal guests

BANGKOK, June 13 (TNA) -- Their Majesties King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit, together with all other members of the Royal Thai Family, will Tuesday evening host a state dinner banquet for world royalty who are visiting the Thai kingdom to join state and Royal ceremonies marking the auspicious occasion of the 60th anniversary of His Majesty the King's accession to the throne this year.
The honorary dinner banquet for the visiting Monarchs and Royal representatives from 25 countries across the world will be held at Chakri Maha Prasat Throne Hall within the Grand Palace here.

The menu of the Royal banquet, prepared by the chef of the world's famous and luxurious Oriental Hotel here, is selected by Her Majesty the Queen herself with about half of materials coming from Royal-initiated projects, according to Thailand's TV pool.
http://etna.mcot.net/query.php?nid=22539
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News from yesterday, 12 June 2006

Speeches in Honor of the Most Joyful Occasion of the Sixtieth Anniversary of His Majesty’s Accession to the Throne (12/6/2006)

His Majesty the King urged Thai people from all walks of life firmly to uphold virtue and unity, which had enabled them to bring progress and prosperity to the country. The statement was part of his royal address delivered on June 9, when he appeared on the balcony of the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall to greet the crowds of well-wishers outside.

The event marked the 60th anniversary of his reign. For Thai people, it was considered the most joyful occasion for the Sixtieth Anniversary of His Majesty’s Accession to the Throne. His Majesty also thanked all Thais for their best wishes and unity, something that he said boosted his morale.
http://english.60thcelebrations.com/...ail.php?id=126

The Whole Kingdom in Homage to the Soul of the Thai Nation (13/6/2006)

Various celebration activities marking the 60th anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s accession to the throne have been cited as a testimony of the union of all Thais in paying homage to the soul of their nation. The statement was part of the speech of tribute to His Majesty by Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra at the gathering of visiting monarchs and royal representatives from 25 countries.

The gathering took place at the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall on June 12 at the ceremony of offering best wishes to His Majesty on this auspicious occasion. In his statement on behalf of Thai people, Prime Minister Thaksin indicated that throughout the past 60 years, as a Working King, His Majesty has been to all Thais, more than a sovereign. He has toiled alongside and shared the joys and sorrows of ordinary Thais. His Majesty has traveled the entire Kingdom, near and far, however inaccessible, becoming the most widely traveled monarch in Thai history.
http://english.60thcelebrations.com/...ail.php?id=130

King modest in his speech

His Majesty the King told many of the world's monarchs that 'as a Thai person' he has a simple duty to preserve and protect the nation; then, along with thousands of Thais, his royal guests witnessed the grand spectacle of the 15th Royal Barge Procession of our King's 60-year reign
All the hard work just his duty as a Thai

His Majesty the King yesterday presided over one of the largest gatherings of monarchs, addressing them with simple words that resounded in the splendour of the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall. Speaking at the formal welcome for royal guests from 25 countries around the world, the King emphasised that he had engaged in development work throughout his reign out of a sense of duty ''as a Thai person''.

''I would like to say to all of you that the fostering of a country is not the duty of any one person in particular. But it is the responsibility of all Thai people to do their duty to the best of their ability in order to preserve and develop the country so that it enjoys progress, security and happiness,'' he said.
''As a Thai person I therefore have the same duty as all other Thais,'' he added.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/News/13Jun2006_news01.php

ROYAL GRANDEUR ON THE RIVER

'He-i, he-i,'' the chanters began, and oarsmen holding paddles aloft started to row, embarking on a historic journey to glorify His Majesty the King. Like slivers of gold on a bed of silver, the vessels basked in an aura of pink during the fading light of day.
Spectators along the Chao Phraya river were gripped by the magnificent spectacle of the Royal Barge Procession, which dates back to the reign of King Rama I.
By 11am, space under the Rama VIII bridge, where the 52 vessels set off, was packed and crowds lined public spots along the river.

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At 6.09am, navy commander Adm Sathiraphan Keyanont presided over the traditional royal barge goddess worshipping ceremony, followed by a morale boost by royal barge commander Vice Adm Supakorn Buranadilok.
At 9am, the royal barges glided down the Chao Phraya from the navy dockyard to Wasukri pier.
At 2pm, when 2,300 oarsmen and officials had boarded the 52 barges at the Rama VIII bridge, the crews invited spectators to join in two minutes of meditation and sent well-wishes to the King.
The crowds cheered and took photos of the spectacle.

The royal barges set off earlier than scheduled, having to paddle against a strong current.
About 100 correspondents from 50 overseas news organisations covered the 15th procession during the reign of His Majesty the King from the Royal Navy Convention Hall.After the procession, Nuchari Longcharoen, 28, said she was impressed and proud.
''This ceremony has a grandeur that is not seen anywhere else in the world,'' she said.
Retired government official Anek Hiranrak, 66, said: ''The celebration is a show of the King's might and the loyalty of his subjects.''
http://www.bangkokpost.com/News/13Jun2006_news02.php

Royal Barges renew pomp, spirit of monarch

BANGKOK, June 12 (TNA) - Royal dignitaries from around the world joined Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej Monday at the Royal Thai Navy Headquarters along Bangkok's Chao Phraya River for a procession of ornate royal barges, a sacred event evoking visions of a long ago past.
The most anticipated event during the five-day celebrations marking the 60th year of the King's reign, the flotilla glided past the Royal Navy Convention Hall where asembled royalty and dignitaries from around the world watched the unfolding splendour from a comfortable vantage point.

Chants echoed across the Chao Phraya River, splashing and flowing carrying blessings to His Majesty the King--amid ancient temples, churches, former embassies and now, against today's high rise hotels, skyscrapers and the graceful bridges of modern Bangkok.
Tens of thousands of people lined the 4.2-kilometre (2.6-mile) route, filling every public space along the banks of the Chao Phraya River.
http://etna.mcot.net/query.php?nid=22534

A few more photos (not the best quality but i think, they're unposted yet) - source : Thai PRD


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This handout photo shows Thai King Bumibhol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit smile while receiving Monarch and Royalty 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. Kings and queens, sultans and princes from 25 countries gathered in Thailand to celebrate 60 years on the throne for King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world's longest-reigning monarch.



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Photos from Reuters of Royals arriving to watch a Royal Barge Procession along the famous Chao Phraya river in Bangkok June 12, 2006


From Profimedia-This handout photo shows Thai King Bumibhol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit (C) watching a royal barge procession, a centuries-old ceremony held only once every few years, along with (front row from Left) Bruneian Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and Queen Saleha, Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia and Japanese Emperor Akihito in Bangkok, 12 June 2006. Royalty from across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa were to join Thailand's king at a state banquet to celebrate his 60th year on the throne as the world's longest-reigning monarch.


Below-Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko wave to student during a visit to Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok June 13, 2006.
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Prince Henrik visits a shoe factory in Ayuthaya province, about 80 km (49 miles) north of Bangkok, June 13, 2006

United Arab Emirates General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, waves before boarding a plane at the military airport in Bangkok, June 13, 2006.

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why do they kiss the king's hand andwhen the servants offer the guests drinks they are always on their kneeze??
I don't know if anyone has answered your question but they do NOT kiss the king's hand; what you are seeing is the westerners bowing as they take the king's hand (with MM curtsying, Haakon was kissing the queen's hand, as in the west) which may appear as if they are about to kiss it.

As for the Thai people, their devotion to the king is almost supreme; one thing you do NOT do there is insult the name of the king! I'm sure I read years back of his god-like status but I may be confusing myself with the Nepalese. However, he is Defender of the Faith (Buddhism) and even entered the priesthood for a period in 1956, living with his fellow priests at Bovornives Temple during which time, I am led to believe, the queen acted as regent (all before my time).

And it is not only the servants who go on their knees; there is a photo of one of the king's daughters (I think) and her own two daughters seated on the floor behind the king during the festivities. Though the custom seems to be {very} slowly evolving, with the reverence they show him, one's head should never be that of the king - even his throne is elevated; nothing is ever presented to him (at least formally) by hand - it is always presented on a gold salver (that the correct spelling?) of sorts. [I was intrigued to see even the Crown Prince's cap was handed to him in that manner after the late King Baudouin's funeral by one of his aides.]

I remember a journalist many years describing the frenzy as the king's motorcade came past during his visit to a remote area; he said that for the locals, to gaze upon the king's face was to receive seven years' good luck. It can't all be for luck that a million people turned out for him.
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I am so impressed by how the Thailand Royal Family and their household treat their royal guests. Each of them really experienced the royal & vip treatments. Each has a schedule personalised according to their want & need. Each has a private royal entourage. Upon their arrival, it's not just someone, but it's either the Crown Prince & Princess Srirasmi, or Princess Sirindhorn who welcomed them personally. Each are given a garland & personalised traditional gifts (a painting & Thai silk). Princess Sirindhorn & Princess Srirasmi would curtsey to Their Majesties.
I just.. wow! I've never seen a more warm treatment for royal guests than what i saw the past days.

13 June 2006

1-2 : This handout photo shows Liechtenstein Crown Prince Alois during a visit to Jim Thompson's gallery in Bangkok, 13 June 2006.
3-4 : This handout photo shows Prince Albert II of Monaco visiting Jim Thompson's gallery in Bangkok, 13 June 2006.

5 : A Royal Grand Palace official (R) briefs Lesotho King Letsie III (2R) and Queen Masenate Mohate Seeiso about Thai art and culture during their site seeing tour in Bangkok, 13 June 2006.

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#1-6: More photos from Profimedia of Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko during a visit to Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok June 13, 2006.
#7: Aftenposten



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Emperor, Empress inspect Prince's research project; royals pan out across the capital
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan visited Chulalongkorn University yesterday morning to inspect a Japan-Thai joint research project initiated by their second son, Prince Akishino.

The project, which studies multi-dimensional relationships between humans and chickens, features an exhibition of chicken specimens collected by Prince Akishino, who holds a PhD in ornithology, the study of birds.
It was Their Majesties' second visit to Chulalongkorn, the first being in 1964. On arrival, the Emperor and Empress were welcomed by the chairperson of the university's council, its president and vice president, and student representatives, displaying the flags of Japan and Thailand.......................
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Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander (L) and Belgian Princess Mathilde (R) stand on the top of famous Wat Arun or Temple of Dawn during a sightseeing trip with Belgian Crown Prince Philippe, Dutch Princess Maxima and Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg, and Norway's Prince Haakon and Princess Mette-Marit in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday 13 June 2006. They will tonight atttend a lavish banquet in the royal palace complex which is the final event in ceremonies to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the rule of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world's longest reigning monarch. EPA/NARONG SANGNAK

Seems the benelux and Norwegian royals spent the day together:) The women in the front, the men in the backseat
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This is amazing i think.. we rarely get a glipse of royals together touring & just relaxing & spending the day together.
Prince Alois spends the day with Prince Albert. while the benelux-norwegian are together.
All of them are really getting a glimpse of Thailand. Wat Arun is a must in Bangkok, while Jim Thompson's house a unique Thai house build by the famous Jim Thompson with his Thai silk.
The Lesotho royals are visiting the Grand Palace. perhaps the Belgian & Norwegian skipped this because they went there already. WA also, i think. Although the Temple of Emerald Buddha is also a must.
Jatujak market is a heaven for shoppers but it only open on weekend, although Princess Lalla Salma experienced it.

ps. I don't know how Mathilde can stand Bangkok's heat with a long pants and a coat. This time of year (or anytime of the year), it's really hot in Bangkok.

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1-2 : Prince Henrik visits a Danish shoe factory named "Ecco" in Ayuthaya province, about 80 km (49 miles) north of Bangkok, June 13, 2006. (pictures from reuters-yahoo)
3-7 : King & Queen of Lesotho visit Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), a part of the Grand Palace of Bangkok (pictures from manager.co.th)
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I was just going to post the link, Maxie. Thanks for mentioning it.

Here's some photos from the ThaiPhotoCenter :





On the 2nd pic, you can see Maxima curtsey to the Queen, not quite as elegant as Mette-Marit though.

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Here are some HQ phtotos from the Thaiphtocenter link provided by Maxie.
Lalla Salma is a delight, beautiful smile, elegantly dressed.

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