06-07-2006, 01:50 PM
06-08-2006, 04:38 AM
Undated handout photo made available 05 June 2006 by the Thai Royal Bureau shows portraits of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
Thailand 08 June 2006 begins three days of solemn religious services to honor King Bhumibol Adulyadej's 60th year to the throne, leading up to celebrations next week with royalty from 25 nations.
(from ANP-AFP PHOTO/Royal Bureau)
1 - at the Grand Palace
2 - with Queen Sirikit
3 & 4 - King Bhumibol Adulyadej celebrate the throne at the Royal Palace in Bangkok
06-08-2006, 04:40 AM
Shop owner Wittaya, 65, who uses only one name, and his dog Suchi sit beside a portrait of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej in central Bangkok on Thursday 08 June 2006. Wittaya, who took over the 50 year old shop from his father, like the overwhelming majority of Thais loves his King and made special frames for the occassion. The King - the world's longest-serving monarch - will have a five-day celebration starting Friday 09 June,
Young girls practice a traditional dance in preparation for King Bhumibol Adulyadej's 60th year on the throne in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, 08 June 2006. The King - the world's longest-serving monarch - will have a five-day celebration starting Friday 09 June, attended by royals from 25 countries, including Japan's Emperor Akihito and Prince Albert of Monaco.
(ANP-EPA/JULIAN ABRAM WAINWRIGHT)
Thai students learning at Prangthip Kindergarten in Bangkok, Thailand on Thursday 08 June 2006. The entire student body of Prangthip Kindergarten had donned yellow shirts to honour 78-year-old Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej who on 09 June celebrates his 60th year on the Thai throne, making him the longest reigning monarch in the history of Thailand. Yellow T-shirts bearing the royal emblem of King Bhumibol have become the fashion statement of the year for Bangkokians and are reportedly in short supply given the huge demand. Yellow is the colour of the royal house and of the king's birthday on December 5, 1927. (ANP-EPA/NARONG SANGNAK)
5-year-old Thai student, Saruta Ariangpichitch, shows her drawing with Thai flags during class at Prangthip Kindergarten in Bangkok, Thailand on Thursday 08 June 2006. The entire student body of Prangthip Kindergarten had donned yellow shirts to honour 78-year-old Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej who on 09 June celebrates his 60th year on the Thai throne, making him the longest reigning monarch in the history of Thailand. Yellow T-shirts bearing the royal emblem of King Bhumibol have become the fashion statement of the year for Bangkokians and are reportedly in short supply given the huge demand. Yellow is the colour of the royal house and of the king's birthday on December 5, 1927. (ANP-EPA/NARONG SANGNAK)
06-08-2006, 05:37 AM
Royal liaison officers at the ready
After many late-night practice sessions for nearly a month now, a group of liaison and security officers for royal visitors during the celebrations for the 60th anniversary of His Majesty the King's accession to the throne say they are ready for action. The key to the job, taking care of monarchs and royal guests during their stay in Thailand, is a once in a lifetime opportunity and they will be doing their best to ensure there are no mistakes.
Performing as liaison officers are C-8 officials of the Foreign Affairs Ministry. Police, meanwhile, will be responsible for security-related tasks which officially kicked off with the arrival of the first royal guest, Prince Andrew of the United Kingdom, yesterday.
Each liaison officer has one assistant, or two if a royal guest is accompanied by a spouse, said Pasan Teparak, consul-general in Dubai, who returned to Thailand especially for the task.
A number of C-9 and C-10 officials will be stationed at designated hotels to coordinate with security and hotel staff.
The royal guests will stay at 13 different hotels and will arrive at the royal ceremonies one by one.
Arrival will be arranged in accordance with royal seniority. Those who have reigned longer will be the first to arrive and vice-versa. Therefore, Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei will be the most senior visiting monarch.
Apart from the royal functions, the royal guests also have their own programmes in the city and in the provinces.
Navy force to handle security
A navy force of 1,700 will maintain tight security for overseas dignitaries at the Royal Barge Procession on Monday.
''The navy is fully prepared to protect, although there should not be any actions by those with ill-intent at this prestigious event to honour His Majesty the King. If there are, then they should not slip past our officials,'' chief of staff Admiral Werapon Waranon, who heads the navy's dignitaries security centre, said yesterday.
The centre is tasked with beefing up security and facilitating travel by land and sea of overseas monarchs, members of royal families, heads of state and representatives on Monday.
500,000 more yellow shirts to go on sale
Huge demand, but profiteering persists
The Commerce Ministry will arrange the manufacture of an extra 500,000 yellow shirts bearing the royal insignia, to be sold at 200-250 baht each, by next week to cater to the huge demand and stamp out profiteering.
The official shirts commemorating the 60th anniversary of His Majesty the King's accession to the throne are in short supply.
The Internal Trade Department has sought permission from the office of His Majesty's principal private secretary to distribute more of the shirts featuring the commemorative insignia.
06-08-2006, 05:58 AM
Thank you for all the work in putting this together purple_platinum; much appreciated. :)
The Royal Barge Procession on Monday to be followed by the Banquet for the visiting Royalties on Tuesday should be truly spectacular and glittering.
Seeking information? Check out the extensive Royal A-Z
06-08-2006, 06:07 AM
Arches and Exhibits in Honor of His Majesty the King
As part of the celebrations for the 60th anniversary of His Majesty’s accession to the throne, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has built a total of 31 arches and exhibits along Ratchadamnoen Avenue, in Sanam Sua Pa area, and at the corners of Chitralada Villa Road. The project is meant to honor His Majesty, who is the world’s longest-reigning monarch.
On Ratchadamnoen Nai Avenue, there is an arch on Auspicious White Elephants. All “white” elephants found in Thailand are known as “auspiciously significant elephants.” They become the King’s exclusive property. The discovery of one of these animals is considered an auspicious omen; the elephants are presented to the monarch so that his reign may prosper. Regarded as an honorary human being, each “auspiciously significant elephant” is awarded a lordly title and thereafter leads a correspondingly lordly life.
On Ratchadamnoen Klang Avenue, exhibits are grouped into two parts, namely the Royal Regalia and the Royal Offerings. The five Royal Regalia include the Great Crown of Victory, the Sword of Victory, the Royal Staff, the Royal Fan and Fly Whisk, and the Royal Slippers. The Royal Offerings found on this avenue are Golden Floral Trays, a Set of Incense Sticks and Candles, and the Nine-tiered Bai Si.
(from bangkok post & 60th celebration's site
06-08-2006, 06:40 AM
Bush congratulates His Majesty on 60th anniversary
US President George W Bush sent a congratulating message to His Majesty the King on the occasion of 60th anniversary accession to the throne, the Foreign Ministry announced Thursday.
"It is with great pleasure that I extend my heartfelt congratulations and deepest respects on the occasion of your 60th jubilee," read the message which arrived in Bangkok on June 6.
"The world has changed dramatically since you first ascended to the throne in 1946, and your great nation has been fortunate to have your quiet wisdom and compassionate and steady hand to guide it ever since," said Bush in his message.
"The American people have been particularly touched by your humanitarian works, including your generous aid following Hurricane Katrina last year," added Bush.
"The United States and the Kingdom of Thailand share a special relationship that reaches back 173 years. The bonds of friendship between our two nations remain as strong as ever, and the American people join the Thai people in wishing you many more years of health and happiness," read Bush's message.
US President George W Bush and the US Congress are drafting separate statements to commemorate the 60th anniversary of His Majesty the King's accession to the throne, highlighting the fact that His Majesty was born in the US and the King's role in promoting democracy in Thailand.
Virasakdi Futrakul, Thai ambassador to the US, said the statements reflect the long-standing relations between the two countries, which the King has played a vital role in promoting.
The concurrent resolution, jointly drafted by both houses of the US Congress, will emphasise that under the reign of His Majesty, Thailand has become a democratically governed constitutional monarchy in which Thais enjoy rights and free and fair elections.
Virasakdi said the resolution is likely to mention that His Majesty the King has enjoyed a special relationship with the US as he was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1927.
When the King visited the US in 1960, he addressed a joint session of the US Congress and said that visiting his birthplace was the reason for his US visit.
His Majesty said: "I have the natural human desire to see my birthplace. I expect some of you were also born in Boston, or, like my father, were educated at Harvard. I hasten to congratulate such fortunate people. I am sure they are with me in spirit. We share a sentiment of deep pride in the academic and cultural achievements of that wonderful city."
At that time, one of the local newspapers ran the headline "The King from Massachusetts."
The Bush and Congress statements are expected to be announced shortly, after the Memorial weekend in the US, said Virasakdi.
There is a special site provided by the Nation that has detailed profile of the Royal Guests attending. It's very good!
Here it is :
The King of Hearts
A Program of the Regal Events (by The Nation)
06-08-2006, 11:29 AM
Paying Deep Tribute to His Majesty the King to Mark the 60th Year of His Reign
June 9 marks the anniversary of His Majesty the King’s accession to the throne. His Majesty assumed his kingship on 9 June 1946, following the death of his brother, King Ananda Mahidol, Rama VIII. He has reigned for 60 years now and enjoys high honor for his work and has earned distinction as the world’s longest-reigning monarch.
Thai people throughout the whole Kingdom are celebrating the auspicious occasion of the 60th anniversary of His Majesty’s accession to the throne this year. The Cabinet, during its meeting on June 6, declared 9 June 2006 a special public holiday, so that government officials and the general public would be free to join the Sixtieth Anniversary Celebrations of His Majesty’s Accession to the Throne. It earlier declared June 12 and 13 special holidays in Bangkok and its vicinity to avoid traffic problems during the visit of foreign monarchs from all over the world to take part in the celebrations of His Majesty’s 60th anniversary on the throne.
At 5:00 p.m. on June 8, Their Majesties the King and Queen performed a merit-making ceremony to pay homage to the ashes of royal ancestors at Amarin Winitchai Throne Hall in the Grand Palace compound. On the morning of June 9, a program has been set for Their Majesties the King and Queen to perform a merit-making ceremony in dedication to past kings at the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall, after which His Majesty will appear on the balcony of the throne hall to receive tributes from various groups of well-wishers. His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn represents the royalty in paying tribute to His Majesty, the Prime Minister represents the Cabinet, officials, and people from all walks of life, the Parliament President represents parliamentarians, and the president of the Supreme Court represents the judiciary.
Buddhist prayer in honour of HM the King
BANGKOK, June 8 (TNA) - A panel of Thailand's top monks from significant Buddhist temples across the country's capital--Bangkok-offered a prayer in honour of His Majesty the King Thursday evening, marking the auspicious occasion of the beloved monarch's 60 years on the throne.
Their Majesties the King and Queen, as well as His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and other members of the Royal Families attended the blessing prayer, organized at Amarin Winitchai Throne Hall in the Royal Grand Palace.
US President congratulates HM the King
BANGKOK, June 8 (TNA) - US President George W. Bush sent a congratulatory message to Thailand's monarch, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, as part of the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of his accession to the throne,
The US president stated in the message praising HM the King for his dedication and life-long work in contribution to the development and better livelihood of the Thai people, and his kindness bestowed to his subjects and other people in the world. The president's message also conveyed the American people's appreciation for His Majesty's aid which was offered to the US when Hurricane Katrina struck the US south central Gulf coast and the City of New Orleans last August.
Other world leaders who had sent messages of blessing and congratulations to the Thai monarch, now the world's longest reigning monarch, include the presidents of China, South Korea, Singapore, Pakistan, the Philippines, Russia, and Vietnam, as well as North Korea's Supreme Council, he said.
06-08-2006, 11:38 AM
an interesting editorial...
60 years for Thai king who rules by whisper
By Seth Mydans International Herald Tribune
BANGKOK Kings and queens from around the world gathered here this week to honor the longest-serving monarch of them all, King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, who celebrates the 60th anniversary of his rule on Friday.
Amid elaborate ceremonies with their roots deep in Siamese history, the royal visitors will witness the almost mystical devotion of Thailand's people to the man who is the anchor of their culture and traditions within a chaotically modernizing world.
At the auspicious moment of 19:19 p.m. on Friday, June 9, his subjects will pause with lighted candles to honor the 9th monarch of the Chakri dynasty, whose name means "strength of the land, incomparable power" but whose role is distilled in one of his titles, "Soul of the Nation."
In the days to come there will be incense and elephants and prayers and parades, culminating on Monday with a rare procession of 52 royal barges, with 2,200 chanting oarsmen.
They will proceed, as one newspaper put it, "at a proper tempo, neither too fast nor too slow," and "they will look as if they are about to float to heaven and merge seamlessly with the Grand Palace, bathed in shiny gold."
But for all the ritual that surrounds him, and despite the absence of a formal political role for the monarchy, King Bhumibol, 78, is far from a ceremonial ruler.
It is known as "reserve power," a carefully husbanded aura that the king has created through the force of his personality and has used delicately and sparingly over the years.
"I know things but I shut my mouth," the king said once.
When he speaks, even by indirection as he did at a recent moment of political tension, newspapers carry banner headlines like one in the daily newspaper The Nation: "The King Whispers."
"The King Can Do Wrong," read another banner headline.
The remarks came in his annual birthday speech last December when he said: "When you say the king can do no wrong, that is wrong. We should not say that."
He added: "As a matter of fact there should be criticism, because when we do something we want to know if people agree or disagree."
But this is also a king who understands majesty. He is at the pinnacle of a traditional hierarchical order that underlies the Thai values he represents.
Two years ago he published a small and affectionate biography of a stray dog he had adopted, named Tongdaeng
, that could be read as a parable of classical virtues he represents.
It offered a picture of fealty that many of the visiting monarchs might envy.
"Tongdaeng is a respectful dog with proper manners; she is humble and knows protocol," the king wrote. "She would always sit lower than the king; even when he pulls her up to embrace her, Tongdaeng would lower herself down on the floor, her ears in a respectful drooping position, as if she would say, 'I don't dare.'"
ps. i read the book on Tongdaeng. oh gosh... it's a really good one! a really unique perspective on the beloved dog of the King. I can't believe there is such a dog as noble & so humble like that. here's the cover of the book.
06-09-2006, 06:42 AM
More photos from Profimedia
06-09-2006, 07:13 AM
Article from HELLO
Thailand came to a standstill on Friday as a crowd of a million well-wishers flocked to Bangkok's Royal Plaza to celebrate the diamond jubilee of the country's much-loved monarch. Millions more watched on their TV sets as 78-year-old King Bhumibol, clad in an ornate golden coat, addressed the nation 60 years after his coronation...............
06-09-2006, 11:44 AM
JUNE 9th, 2006
Evening prayers for the King
A sea of candlelight and fireworks lightened the night sky over Bangkok's Sanam Luang grounds Friday night as hundreds of thousands of Thais joined a candle-lighting ceremony to pray for His Majesty the King on the 60th anniversary of his accession to the throne.
The evening gathering, which climaxed at exactly 19:19 (7:19 p.m. Thailand time) was separate from the earlier audience His Majesty granted to the entire nation in the afternoon.
pictures from AFP-Getty :
1-3 Bangkok, THAILAND: A fireworks display rises above the capital Bangkok, 09 June 2006. Hundreds of thousands of Thais attended a candle-light vigil to pay tribute to Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world's longest-reigning monarch, on the 60th anniversary of his rule as fireworks erupted over the gilded spires of historic palaces and temples.
More from Getty :
1, 3-10 : Bangkok, THAILAND: Thousands of Thais hold a candlelight vigil near the Grand Palace in Bangkok, 09 June 2006. Hundreds of thousands of Thais attended a candle-light vigil to pay tribute to Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world's longest-reigning monarch, on the 60th anniversary of his rule as fireworks erupted over the gilded spires of historic palaces and temples
2 : Bangkok, THAILAND: Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra (R) along with his wife Pojaman stand in respect for Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej at Sanum Laung grounds in front of the Grand Palace in Bangkok, 09 June 2006.
06-09-2006, 12:07 PM
JUNE 9th, 2006's Schedule
His Majesty the King will pay homage to past kings at the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall and his meeting with the congregation of people from the Throne Hall Balcony.
- Their Majesties the King and Queen arrive at the main hall of the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall and pay respects to Buddha statues representing past kings.
- Their Majesties listen to sermons and blessings by 10 senior Buddhist monks.
- Their Majesties proceed to Chumsai Throne, pay homage to past kings and listen to the chief Brahmin priest recite a statement of religious offering.
- Their Majesties receive monks' blessings.
- Their Majesties the King and Queen grant an audience to representatives of the Royal Family, privy councillors, the Lord Chamberlain, His Majesty's Principal Private Secretary and nobility.
- Accompanied by HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, Their Majesties step out onto the balcony for the congregation amid religious chanting and a 21-gun salute.
- After the royal anthem, the Crown Prince represents the Royal Family in wishing His Majesty well.
- The prime minister represents the cabinet, civil servants, police and military officers and the Thai people in paying homage to His Majesty. Presidents of parliament and the Supreme Court also read statements honouring the King.
- His Majesty delivers a speech preceding a salute by the military guard of honour and the royal anthem. Their Majesties depart.
- Important events to be broadcast live by the Television Pool of Thailand.
More news on today's events :
King urges unity to his subjects
"Unity is the basis for all Thais to help preserve and bring prosperity to the country."
- His Majesty the King, during an audience for the public at Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall
A million people in yellow have swarmed to the Royal Plaza area, all hoping to catch a glimpse of His Majesty the King on the 60th anniversary of his rule. As dusk fell, most of the crowd and huge numbers of others began moving to Sanam Luang and the Grand Palace area for a ceremony at dusk.
His Majesty, after receiving tributes from his son, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn and Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, briefly addressed the nation from a balcony bearing his royal emblem.
"I thank everyone for coming here," he said. He added that the great show of unity demonstrated the Thai people's determination "to join hands, and join hearts for the prosperity of the country."
The speech was greeted by shouts of "Long live the King!" from the crowd, many of whom shed tears.
The appearance was only the third time he had granted such an audienc to the public at large.
Thai king calls for unity at his Diamond Jubilee
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Revered King Bhumibol Aduljadej called for national unity on Friday at joyous celebrations of his Diamond Jubilee as Thais put a deep political crisis on hold.
King Bhumibol told a crowd in Bangkok's Royal Plaza -- estimated by police at one million and many millions more glued to their televisions around the country -- to think and act in good faith and work for the good of the nation.
"As long as Thais can still synchronize their thoughts, minds and behaviors for the good of the country, we can be assured the nation will continue to prosper," the bespectacled monarch said from a balcony of the Ananda Samakhom Throne Hall.
"Therefore I would like to ask everyone here to keep this good virtue and continuously pass it on for the prosperity of the country," said the 78-year-old king, clad in an ornate coat of gold thread, 60 years after his coronation.
One million swarm Thai capital to glimpse king on anniversary
BANGKOK (AFP) - Nearly a million Thais wearing yellow to honor King Bhumibol Adulyadej swarmed into central Bangkok hoping to catch a rare glimpse of the monarch on the 60th anniversary of his rule.
Crowds began gathering during the night in a plaza outside the marble throne hall where the 78-year-old king and the royal family were due to address the crowd from a balcony, in his first public appearance for more than six years.
"I am elevated after seeing all these people gathered together. This reminds me of the good virtue of unity, which has helped our Thai people to preserve our nation and will help develop our country in the future," he told the crowd of at least one million who had gathered to see him.
"Everybody must be fair in their opinions, act with honesty, comply with the rules and help each other," the king said from the balcony of one of Bangkok's marble palaces, during his first public audience in more than six years.
"Passing these ideas to younger generations so that they too have these values will ensure that Thailand lasts eternally," he said.
"I am so overwhelmed with your expression of genuine generosity and good wishes," he said.
One million Thais greet king on anniversary
BANGKOK(AFP) - Around one million Thais have swarmed into central Bangkok to catch a rare glimpse of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world's longest-reigning monarch, on the 60th anniversary of his rule.
the yellow fever hits Thailand...
(all photos from Getty)
11-13 : BANGKOK, THAILAND - JUNE 9: Hundreds of thousands of Thais clad in yellow shirts wait out side the Royal Plaza to pay tribute to King Bhumibol Adulyadej on June 9, 2006 in Bangkok, Thailand. Thailand begins a five-day celebration to mark the 60th anniversary of the Thai Kings accession to the throne.
14-15 : A Thai women screams in excitement as hundreds of thousands of Thais clad in yellow shirts wait out side the Royal Plaza to pay tribute to King Bhumibol Adulyadej on June 9, 2006 in Bangkok, Thailand.
16 : A Thai women wears a t-shirt with the slogan 'Thais love the King' outside the Royal Plaza
17 : A Thai television camera man uses a newspaper with a portrait of the Thai King to shield himself from the mid day heat
18 : A Thai women waves the Thai and the Thai royal flag
06-09-2006, 12:57 PM
Pictures of the Last Rehearsal of the Royal Barge before the big event. All photos by Getty :
BANGKOK, THAILAND - JUNE 09: Rehearsal of the Royal Barge Procession at the Royal Navy Club takes place with the Royal Palace in the background June 9, 2006 in Bangkok, Thailand. Today Thailand began a five-day celebration to mark the 60th anniversary of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej's accession to the throne.
More news about the celebration including news of the royal guests :
Royal guests' security ready
Roads around Throne Hall closed to traffic
After months of preparation, the military and police say they are fully prepared to provide security protection for the royal guests attending the Royal Jubilee for His Majesty the King. Supreme Commander Ruengroj Mahasaranont said yesterday the security forces were ''more than 100% ready'' to serve and protect.
The police are assigned to escort royal visitors from 25 countries during their visit and stand guard at their residences in 13 different hotels.
All security officers have undergone months of counter-terrorism training.
Ayutthaya trips to be 'simple'
Royal guests from Denmark, Liechtenstein, and Japan who plan to visit the ancient province of Ayutthaya next week want their trip to be as ''simple as possible''. They would like to travel like ordinary tourists and there is no need for ceremony or to close tourist attractions during their visit on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Prince Consort Henrik of Denmark will visit Ecco (Thailand) Co, a Danish shoe producer in Ayutthaya, on Tuesday.
On June 14, Prince Alois and Princess Sophie from Liechtenstein will visit Wat Chai Wattanaram, which has Khmer-style pagodas, and Wat Phra Si Sanphet, in the compound of the former royal palace during the Ayutthaya period, before going by boat to the Summer Palace at Bang Pa-in.
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will visit the Ayutthaya historical study centre and the ancient Japanese village, the former Japanese community near the Chao Phraya river in the Ayutthaya period.
They will also visit the 14th-century Wat Maha That and the Queen's Siriyalai Palace, located by the Chao Phraya river.
River's flow to be controlled
The flow of water in the Chao Phraya river will be regulated by the Royal Irrigation Department to ensure a smooth ride for the fleet performing the Royal Barge Procession. Director-general Samart Chokkanapitark said the department had ordered the release of about 1,200 cubic metres of water per second from the Chao Phraya dam in Chai Nat and the Pasak Jolasid dam in Lop Buri during today's final rehearsal and Monday's procession.
25,000 prisoners to be freed
About 25,000 prisoners nationwide will be released under a royal pardon to mark the 60th anniversary of His Majesty the King's accession to the throne today. Amnesty will be granted first to 1,660 inmates at Klong Prem Central Prison in Nonthaburi province, and the rest will be freed in stages, Corrections Department director-general Nathee Chitsawang said.
Mr Nathee said the pardons were being granted to prisoners with less than a year left to serve, the chronically ill and last-stage HIV patients, and the elderly.
Bush joins leaders in sending best wishes
US President George W. Bush is among world leaders who have sent best wishes to His Majesty the King on the occasion of his 60th year on the throne, Foreign Ministry spokesman Kitti Wasinondh said yesterday. He said the US president and his wife Laura had extended their ''heartfelt congratulations and deepest respects''.
Other world leaders who sent their congratulations to the King include those of Russia, South Korea and China, he said.
06-09-2006, 01:14 PM
In celebration of the King's Jubilee, there are several interesting Editorial or Opinion...
The Pillar of Stability. The Father of a Nation. The Guiding Light. His Majesty the King is all of this to the Thai people. And much more.
Foreign newcomers often express astonishment at our deep love for the King. That astonishment quickly fades, however, once they learn of the King's longstanding dedication to the Thai people, particularly to the majority who are poor.
So they conclude for themselves that Thais love the King dearly because of his good deeds. In a world where meritocracy prevails, this is the ultimate virtue; for what you earn must be through commitment and hard work, not birthright. Under this rationale, the King receives so much love from his subjects because he has given so much of himself. As simple as that.
But is our reverence for His Majesty as simple as that?
His Majesty is often described as the world's hardest-working monarch. And he is. During his 60-year reign, the King has initiated thousands of projects to improve the quality of life of the rural poor and to nurture the severely degraded environment back to health.
Over the past six decades, the King has spent most of each year in the rugged countryside. He has visited villagers in every nook and cranny to listen to their problems, to ask them what they need to ease their difficulties, and to empower them by providing what it takes to help them become self-reliant in the long run.
The King also has used his passion for science to offer his country several cost-effective technologies to deal with the problems of drought, flash floods, water pollution, soil erosion, energy shortages and public health.
Thanks to modern communication technologies, the King still closely monitors the situations of his people with deep concern so they get fitting help in their time of need.
Yet our devotion for the King goes much beyond the tangible.
Citizens of most countries are fortunate to experience a special national moment in their lifetimes. Most readers this morning may previously have considered the 1996 Golden Anniversary of His Majesty the King's accession to the throne such an occasion. Today, the country awakens to the Diamond Jubilee.
This is a remarkable and unique event for Thailand, which the world also is taking special notice of. The next five days provide an opportunity for all citizens to reflect on their good fortune to be living during this reign.
At his coronation, the young King made a vow: ''We will reign with righteousness for the benefits and happiness of the people of Siam.'' Since then, His Majesty has continuously shown that he meant these words wholeheartedly.
While Thailand exists on its three extraordinary pillars of Nation, Religion and King, it has been clear for 60 years that our monarch is truly a pillar of strength. He has never wavered from his commitment to the well-being of his subjects. He has always stressed the security and stability of the nation. He has led and insisted upon national unity.
The royalty and representatives who are arriving from 25 nations, the blizzard of congratulatory cables, the massive foreign media coverage, the innovative and unique fireworks displays donated by China and Japan _ all this and much more, shows the respect and admiration for His Majesty which flows beyond our borders. Certainly, the Thai people truly know and feel this depth of admiration and love for their monarch. He has not only lived up to his promise to ''rule with righteousness'', he has surpassed it.
On this Diamond Jubilee, all the Thai people today, whatever their politics, birthplace, religion or creed, exclaim with pride in their hearts: ''Chai Yo'' and ''Long Live the King.''
For the people, always
A good king makes possible a self-identification, not in the abstract as in the people or the state, but in the easily perceived and palpable form of an extraordinary national representative, the constitutional monarch
The first and only time I set eyes on His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej was in July 1971. My Thai host family had briefed me well for the occasion. They held the King in the highest esteem and proudly displayed photographs of graduation ceremonies and charitable donations that had momentarily brought them together with their beloved king, the people's king.
One day, without much advance warning other than to be told to shower and dress neatly, I was taken to Wat Boworn, which had been, my Thai mother and sisters explained, the home of another heralded member of the Chakri Dynasty, King Mongkut.
After pondering the fate of the monk-turned-monarch and trying to digest the gist of Buddhism from a pamphlet intriguingly titled, ''Why are we born?'' I was directed to stand with a thickening throng of people just outside the temple gate.
''The King is coming! The King is coming!''
Soon a creamy yellow limo marked with the royal insignia pulled up and a hush went over the expectant crowd.
Being young, American, and thus a little bit foolish, I waved excitedly at the king in contravention of more demure Thai behaviour. His Majesty waved back. I was thrilled.
Looking back 35 years to that distant fleeting moment, and the strong after-image that endures to this day, it is hard to believe that King Bhumibol had already reigned for a quarter of a century at that point.
The extraordinary length of His Majesty's popular reign has meant, in effect, that almost no one in Thailand (excepting those well into their sixties or above) has even a remote idea of what Thailand was like without him.
After all, they would not have to look further than the examples set by His Majesty. The old man's readiness to offer his hard-earned 100 baht is due to his belief that it would be carefully spent. For prudence is a virtue highly praised by the King himself.
One story circulating on the internet concerns the King's toothpaste: every single tube will be squeezed until the very last drop before it is thrown away.
In itself, this Diamond Jubilee is a great moment to celebrate. But more importantly, it is a time to reflect on what exactly is meant by "loyalty." Is consumption of the jubilee memorabilia tantamount to following in the King's footsteps? How sincere are we when we say "We love the King"? To merely do lip service, wouldn't that be embarrassing, especially taking into account the old poor man's action?
In the coming days, fireworks will be lit, wine will be poured, and other spectacular functions will be held.
But let us not forget the guidance of our own far-sighted monarch, the very cause of our celebration:
"Everyone knows that in each life, there are moments of happiness as well as moments of sorrow," His Majesty once said.
"This also applies to the life of a nation; sometimes there is happiness, sometimes there is sorrow. Let it not, however, be excessive."
How much are we heeding his words?
BANGKOK (AFP) - Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej took the throne as a jazz-loving teenager who had spent precious little of his short life actually in his homeland.
But after 60 years on the throne, he has become the world's longest reigning monarch and is highly revered by his people who regard him with genuine affection.
(all editorials & commentaries are from Bangkok Post & AFP)
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Here are some more pictures illustrating the atmosphere in Thailand todays...
(all photos are from Corbis from June 8, 2006)
Thailand - 60th Anniversary of King Bhumibol Adulyadej's Coronation
1 - A man selling posters of King Bhumipol Aduljadej (L) and his father King Rama V in the run-up to the 60th anniversary of the Thai king's coronation.
2 - Rehearsals take place during the run-up to the 60th anniversary of King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand's Coronation
3 - A billboard of King Bhumibol Adulyadej taking pride of place over the main thoroughfare, near the palace, which is closed in the run-up to the 60th anniversary of the Thai king's coronation.
4 - A billboard of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit of Thailand is displayed during the run-up to the 60th anniversary of the Thai king's coronation.
5 - The loyalty of the Thai people towards King Bhumibol Adulyadej is displayed everywhere.
06-09-2006, 02:08 PM
More news from The Nation :
King of Hearts
"Unity provides the basis for all Thais to preserve and increase long-term prosperity in the country. If Thais uphold these ethics, they will ensure Thailand stands firm." His Majesty the King
Yesterday was truly a day of yellow, the colour which has come to represent absolute loyalty. Several hundred thousand Thais, clad in yellow shirts and waving matching flags, packed the Royal Plaza to celebrate the 60th anniversary of His Majesty the King's accession to the throne.
They struggled to hold back tears of joy as they saw their beloved monarch and Her Majesty the Queen appear at the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall to preside over a regal and religious ceremony to pay homage to past Siamese kings. It gave a sense of fulfilment and joy to citizens, who braved the heat and gathered to express their everlasting loyalty to the monarch. They came from all walks of life, wearing matching shirts carrying the Royal Emblem, which rapidly sold out. The Commerce Ministry has ordered another 500,000 to meet demand.
Yellow is the colour of His Majesty, as he was born on a Monday.
Prince lauds his father's morality, greatness,prestige
HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn yesterday said it is impossible to relay, within a limited time-span, all of the greatness, moral excellence and prestige of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
"The whole nation and the world has recognised His Majesty as a great King," the King's only son said on behalf of the royal family.
The Crown Prince yesterday said His Majesty had been devotedly true to his pledge, given when he took the throne, that he would do everything to the fullest of his abilities for Thailand and the happiness of all Thais. The Crown Prince added that His Majesty had also honoured his pledge, given on his coronation, that he would rule with righteousness and for the happiness of all Thais.
"Wherever there are people who are suffering - no matter how remote the area they may live in - His Majesty has visited them and offered help to them," the Crown Prince said.
"Whenever chaos poses a threat to the country, His Majesty has never been afraid to tackle it. His Majesty's righteousness, bravery, patience and wisdom have won through all those difficult times," he said.
The Crown Prince said during His Majesty's reign, Thais across the country had enjoyed happiness and many people had directly benefited from royally initiated projects.
The Crown Prince then joined the rest of the Kingdom in wishing His Majesty a worry-free life.
"We, all the royal members, pledge that we shall always live with honesty, loyalty, dignity and unity. We shall carry out our duties to the fullest of our abilities and we shall never do anything that would offend His Majesty," the Crown Prince said.
He then prayed that His Majesty would find his wishes fulfilled, would triumph over enemies and would remain on the throne for a long time.
Massive crowd gathers to pay respects to King
More than 1m people cram Royal Plaza for historic anniversary
Under a parching sun, people from all walks of life, old and young alike, waited with a cool, happy heart to catch the best view of their beloved King as they waited for him to give a speech from the Anana Samakhom Throne Hall.
More than one million gathered at the Royal Plaza and adjacent areas yesterday in a phenomenal assembly to celebrate the 60th anniversary of His Majesty's accession to the throne.
The plaza, located in front of the throne hall, was tightly packed with people early in the morning. At 5.30am, police officers opened about half the area. They gradually opened more space to control the crowds.
Religious ceremony conducted at throne hall
His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej yesterday commemorated the 60th anniversary of his accession to the throne by presiding over a royal and religious ceremony at the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall to pay homage to the great Siamese kings of the past.
At exactly 10am, Their Majesties the King and Queen proceeded in a motorcade from Chitralada Palace to the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall. It was a day of great rejoicing as hundreds of thousands of people, clad in yellow shirts, gathered at the Royal Plaza and the surrounding area to bear witness to this auspicious and historic celebration.
Heads of govt laud King
Heads of the three branches of government praised His Majesty the King yesterday during a gathering of Thai and foreign dignitaries to commemorate the 60th anniversary of his accession to the throne.
Caretaker Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra
"Your Majesty has devoted energy to uplifting the well-being of the people. Those who have grown up in the provinces have seen the changes the country has experienced over the past 60 years," he said.
Crowd gathers for audience
Thais from all over the country gathered outside the Royal Plaza and along Rajdamnoen Avenue yesterday with one goal, to express their best wishes and gratitude to His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej on the 60th anniversary of his accession to the throne.
Even before dawn yesterday, a vast sea of yellow-clad Thais lapped against the palace. Police were obliged to extend the roadblocks to the Jor Por Ror intersection, while agencies were in place to accommodate the large crowd.
Lights lure more tourists to riverside
Illumination of venues sparks rise in dinner cruises and tours of canals
Tourist attractions along the Chao Phya River in Bangkok have been lit up to attract more visitors.
The illumination of 28 venues started yesterday as part of celebrations for the 60th anniversary of His Majesty the King's accession to the throne, but the real aim is to increase the number of well-heeled tourists using the capital's main river.
CNN, BBC reports honour HM
Europe, the Americas and East Asia to see documentary
The government will air a minute-long television report on CNN and BBC World to show the world the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of His Majesty the King's accession to the throne, a minister said yesterday.
Prime Minister's Office Minister Suranand Vejjajiva said CNN, with 90 million viewers, would air the one-minute slot for about a month, while BBC World, which has 65 million viewers, would carry the report until August and promote the events for free on www.bbc.co.uk
A 30-minute documentary will also be aired on CNBC in Europe, the Americas and East Asia, he said.
The television production company Panorama has been hired to produce a series about His Majesty's life, work, talents and royal projects, Suranan said.
The series, which will have 120 90-second segments, will be translated into English.
Visiting monarchs to be guarded by 18,000 police
The Royal Thai Police has mobilised 18,000 officers to guard the monarchs of 25 countries who will visit Bangkok for celebrations related to the 60th anniversary of His Majesty the King's accession to the throne.
06-09-2006, 02:10 PM
King's speech on May 9th, 2006 (from TheNation)
HM the King calls for unity, kindness, compassion
The text of His Majesty the King's speech to his adoring subjects at Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall yesterday:
Another article from BBC
Thailand marks king's anniversary
I am pleased to preside over the public audience for Thai citizens and all institutions. Thank you for the congratulatory messages and grand celebrations organised especially for me. The government has made fine preparations and Thai citizens have shown their goodwill throughout the nation.
I am gratified by today's gathering because everyone came to express sincerity.
I am thankful for the well-wishers and the way they have acted in unison.
I feel heartened by unity and would like to remind all about some underlying principles to guide Thai citizens in joining together to preserve and develop their country to new heights of prosperity.
First, everyone should show kindness and compassion to ensure the mental and physical well being of one another.
Second, people should strive to cooperate for the mutual benefit of oneself, others and the country.
Third, everyone should uphold honesty and observe rules and traditions with impartiality.
Fourth, everyone should adhere to righteous thinking and act reasonably.
If Thai citizens think and act in an agreeable and constructive manner, then the country will surely thrive.
Everyone in the public audience and all Thai citizens should strictly follow these principles and propagate them in perpetuity so the country can remain in peace and happiness for the present as well as the future.
May the goodness of the Buddhist Triple Gems and universal sacredness bless the country so as to overcome dangers and allow Thai citizens to live in bliss and prosperity.
The king is highly revered in Thailand
Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej has called for national unity during colourful celebrations in the capital to mark his 60 years on the throne.
The king, who is the world's longest-serving monarch, addressed a cheering crowd of hundreds of thousands of people in Bangkok's Royal Plaza.
Speaking from the palace balcony, King Bhumibol, 78, said that unity would bring prosperity to Thailand.
Life in pictures: Thailand's king
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