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Crowds await HM the King

People from around the country started reserving footpath space along a section of Phetkasem Road in Prachuap Khiri Khan yesterday morning for a chance to get a glimpse of their beloved monarch.

HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej, 86, will travel along the road this morning for his appearance at a ceremony held at Rajapracha Samakhom Pavilion, Klai Kangwon Palace, to mark Royal Coronation Day.

The much-revered monarch was crowned an exquisite royal coronation ceremony on May 5, 1950.

Television Pool of Thailand will broadcast the ceremony live to mark the anniversary of the royal coronation ceremony.

For decades His Majesty has worked tirelessly for his people and as a result commanded their overwhelming love and respect.

"Thai people are like his children. We are happy to see our beloved father," Jariya Benjapong, 73, said.

She has been eagerly waiting for today and having another opportunity to sit among other loyal subjects amid chants of "long live the King".

Jariya was among the crowd when the royal motorcade passed this same section late last year.

Worapoj Limakhom, 65, said people wanted to greet His Majesty because it was a way to show their loyalty and love for him.

Like Jariya, Worapoj lives in Hua Hin and he considers himself lucky. "His Majesty is here. I feel blessed," he said.

Klai Kangwon Palace is located in Hua Hin.

The Nation spoke to people who had travelled from as far as Buri Ram in the Northeast to see His Majesty today.

Relevant authorities have installed several giant TV screens in the area so to ensure people get a glimpse of His Majesty.

More than 10,000 pots with yellow flowers - the colour associated with His Majesty's birthday - have been placed on the route.


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