HM the King granted a grand public audience at the balcony of the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall on Wednesday, his 85th anniversary, while a sea of yellow gathered in the Royal Plaza below and throughout the country, chanting "Long Live the King".
Tens of thousands of people wearing yellow, the colour associated with His Majesty’s birthday, had been gathering at the Royal Plaza since yesterday.
The number of the people wishing to catch a glimpse of the beloved monarch extended beyond the plaza to Rajadamnoen and other nearby roads.
Millions of other Thais were glued to the television for the grand public audience. As His Majesty appeared at the balcony and read his thank-you note to greet his subjects, a large number of Thais shed tears of delight.
The event was broadcast live by all television channels and radio programmes. Most Facebook postings meanwhile were full of photos of the Kings and the crowds as well as “Long Live the King.”
This is the sixth grand public audience granted by the beloved King from a balcony; an event known as Seehabanchorn in Thai.
His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej is the world's longest-reigning monarch, but throughout his more than six-decade reign, he has granted such a grand public audience only five times before. Today, he turns 85 and will receive his people's best wishes directly as he appears on a balcony of the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall.
The event went down as an impressive moment in Thailand 's history.
When His Majesty celebrated the 60th anniversary of his accession to the throne in 2006, about a million yellow-clad people showed up in front of the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall to extend their best wishes.