Kingdom bathed in yellow for Royal Anniversary

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The Eastern Seaboard was awash in a sea of yellow shirts and flags as Thais celebrated the 70th anniversary of HM the King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s ascension to the throne.

In this photo from 1995, HM the King meets with officials to assess flooding in Bangkok with the goal of mitigating the problem in the future. His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great, the world’s longest-reigning monarch, on Thursday June 9, 2016, marked his 70th year on the throne. Pattaya and the Eastern Seaboard joined the rest of the Kingdom in a sea of yellow shirts and flags as Thais celebrated the auspicious event. (Photo courtesy of the Bureau of the Royal Household.)
In this photo from 1995, HM the King meets with officials to assess flooding in Bangkok with the goal of mitigating the problem in the future. His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great, the world’s longest-reigning monarch, on Thursday June 9, 2016, marked his 70th year on the throne. Pattaya and the Eastern Seaboard joined the rest of the Kingdom in a sea of yellow shirts and flags as Thais celebrated the auspicious event. (Photo courtesy of the Bureau of the Royal Household.)

In Nongprue, Mayor Mai Chaiyanit led about 200 Pattaya-area residents in the sub-district’s ceremony June 9. Stanzas were read, incense lit, homage paid to the Triple Gems, and flower cones presented before a portrait of His Majesty.

The ceremony showed gratefulness for HM the King, who has adhered to the 10 royal virtues and worked all his life on behalf of Thai people, fulfilling a pledge to “reign with righteousness for the benefit and happiness of the Siamese people”.

Capt. Saman Kantaphan, commander of the Naval Recruit Training Center, leads a Sattahip community cleanup in honor of HM the King.
Capt. Saman Kantaphan, commander of the Naval Recruit Training Center, leads a Sattahip community cleanup in honor of HM the King.

In Chonburi, Gov. Khomsan Ekachai led a ceremony in which monks chanted and the governor placed flowers before a portrait of HM the King. He was followed by other well-wishers wanting to pay respect to His Majesty at Chalermprakiat Pavilion.

Later in the day, Khomsan was joined by Sriracha District Chief Worayan Boonnarach and Suriya Sangpong, director of Khao Kheow Open Zoo to plant trees in HM the King’s name at the zoo’s wildlife sanctuary on Khao Chompoo.

Nongprue Mayor Mai Chaiyanit presents flower cones before a portrait of His Majesty the King.
Nongprue Mayor Mai Chaiyanit presents flower cones before a portrait of His Majesty the King.

In, all, 7,000 seedlings were planted by hundreds of civil servants, military personnel and private citizens across 15 rai of park land.

In Sattahip, Capt. Saman Kantaphan, commander of the Naval Recruit Training Center led a community cleanup in honor of HM the King.

In Chonburi, Gov. Khomsan Ekachai led a ceremony in which monks chanted and the governor placed flowers before a portrait of HM the King.
In Chonburi, Gov. Khomsan Ekachai led a ceremony in which monks chanted and the governor placed flowers before a portrait of HM the King.

About 1,000 sailors and residents, led by Sattahip Mayor Siriporn Pinlom swept through Kledkaew municipality, focusing on Khao Bampenboon Temple and Kledkaew School.

The navy also hosted a lunch for students to make merit on the auspicious day.

HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej ascended the throne on June 9, 1946. He was officially crowned just shy of four years later, on May 5, 1950, which is celebrated at Coronation Day.

Chonburi Gov. Khomsan Ekachai helps plant one of 7,000 seedlings in HM the King’s name at Khao Kheow Zoo’s wildlife sanctuary on Khao Chompoo.
Chonburi Gov. Khomsan Ekachai helps plant one of 7,000 seedlings in HM the King’s name at Khao Kheow Zoo’s wildlife sanctuary on Khao Chompoo.
Nongprue Deputy Mayor Anek Pattanangam delivers a speech extolling HM the King’s various royal duties benefiting Thai people.
Nongprue Deputy Mayor Anek Pattanangam delivers a speech extolling HM the King’s various royal duties benefiting Thai people.
Students pay tribute to their King at Chalermprakiat Pavilion in Chonburi.
Students pay tribute to their King at Chalermprakiat Pavilion in Chonburi.
About 1,000 sailors and residents swept through Kledkaew municipality.
About 1,000 sailors and residents swept through Kledkaew municipality.
The Sattahip cleanup focused on Khao Bampenboon Temple and Kledkaew School.
The Sattahip cleanup focused on Khao Bampenboon Temple and Kledkaew School.
Sailors in training clean up the streets in Sattahip.
Sailors in training clean up the streets in Sattahip.