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UPDATED: 08:04, June 13, 2006
Thailand's King greeted by world royalties on 60 anniversary of accession to throne
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Thailand' King and Queen on Monday received world royalties from 25 countries and accompanied them to watch the royal barge procession, the highlight of the ceremonies marking King Bhumibol 60 anniversary of accession to the throne.

The King and Queen received royal guests in a grand ceremony at Ananda Samakom Throne Hall at Bangkok's Royal Plaza. In his brief royal address, King Bhumibol thanked the Thai people as a whole for their full support to his royally-initiated projects and urged all Thais to do their duty as best as they can to strive for the well-being of the country.

"The prosperity of the country does not rest with any individual, but is the duty of all Thais," the King said. "As a Thai, I have the same duty, as do all the people in the country, to do their utmost."

During the grand Royal Barge procession along the Chao Phraya River, 2,082 oarsmen in traditional costumes from Royal Thai Navy rowed 52 Royal Barges from the Wasukri Landing to the Memorial Bridge in Bangkok.

The King and Queen and their royal guests viewed the spectacular procession at the Royal Navy Institute, a highlight of the diamond jubilee celebration.

They then proceeded to the Royal Thai Navy Convention Hall, where they watched an exhibition featuring the King's activities and projects over the 60 years of his reign.

On Tuesday, the King and Queen will host a state dinner for the visiting world monarchs and royal representatives at the Chakri Throne Hall in the Grand Palace to conclude the celebrations which began on June 9.

Source: Xinhua

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