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05 December 2009 :: 22:12:26 pm 31160

King Calls for Unity, Asks People to Perform Duties to Best Ability

BANGKOK, Dec 5 (TNA) -- Thailand's ailing, revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Saturday called on his 63 million subjects to unite and called for everyone to work to their utmost ability so that the country could advance further and enjoy peace.
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In his terse response to members of the royal family, senior government officials and members of parliament who gathered at Bangkok’s Grand Palace to wish him happiness on his 82nd birthday celebrations, His Majesty the King said his happiness could be achieved “if the country prospers, is stable and is at peace.”

The king said this could be realised if every sector in the country is determined to perform its duty with utmost wisdom, understanding and sincerity by upholding the people’s interests rather than themselves.

“I ask all of you present here and holding important positions in key institutions of our country, as well as all Thais (everywhere), to consider thoroughly your duty and determine to perform your duty to your best ability for the success of the country,”  said the king.

Saturday marked the third time that the king, the world’s longest-reigning monarch, has made a public appearance since being admitted to Bangkok’s Siriraj Hospital on September 19 with a lung infection and fever.

       

The monarch was earlier seen in public twice — once on October 23, Chulalongkorn Memorial Day, and once on the evening of Loy Krathong on November 2 both within the hospital grounds after being admitted over two months ago.

Today, he granted a public audience at the Grand Palace’s Amarin Winitchai Throne Hall.

After the brief ceremony at the Throne Hall, His Majesty the King returned to Siriraj Hospital.

Dressed in a white royal uniform and accompanied by Her Majesty Queen Sirikit and members of the royal family later left the Grand Palace to return to the hospital in a motorcade as crowds of people lined the streets cheering “Long Live the King.” (TNA)_____________________________________________________________________________________________________

Mass candle-lighting ceremony celebrates HM the King’s 82nd birthday

BANGKOK, Dec 5 (TNA)  Thousands of Thais joined the auspicious candle-lighting ceremony to pay tribute to their beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who turned 82 Saturday, at the capital’s Sanam Luang ceremonial ground in the evening, and to offer prayers and wishes for the monarch’s speedy recovery.

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva presided over the mass candle-lighting ceremony to celebrate the life and works of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world’s longest reigning monarch, as well as to offer blessings to the King.

The premier said on behalf of cabinet members, civil servant and all Thais that the crowds were pleased to gather in the capital to express their well wishes and homage to His Majesty the King.

Meanwhile, people nationwide also joined the auspicious moment at 7.29 pm, when the kingdom was illuminated with a sea of candlelight and fireworks at home or at designated venues in all provinces.

In addition, cultural and art performances were held across the country, particularly in Bangkok’s old city area where a grand series of special activities took place to honour the King’s life and times as well as life-long contributions for the well-being of his subjects.

Celebration events will run through December 7 in three areas of the capital: Sanam Luang; the surrounding area of Dusit Palace; and Ratchadamnoen Avenue.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) also hosts many activities at the Royal Plaza in Dusit district nightly from 5-9 pm, in particular a spectacular highlight in which a “4D” visual light and sound show in the compound of the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall starting from 7 pm.

On Saturday morning, people throughout the country held activities to celebrate the King’s birthday and to pray for his well-being. They offered alms to monks in merit-making ceremonies for His Majesty the King. (TNA)

   
Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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