King hopes the people’s show of unity will bring prosperity to the country
His Majesty the King said he was impressed with the spontaneous show of friendliness and expression of good wishes the Thai people expressed toward him on the occasion of his coronation and hoped that this spirit of unity would bring prosperity to the country.
The King made this statement in response to a message from Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, speaking on behalf of the Thai people, vowing allegiance to the newly-crowned King and to bring peace and prosperity to the country.
The prime minister said the Thai people owed gratitude to the King’s ancestors for their sacrifices in ensuring Thailand’s independence and sovereignty, progress and peace.
Later, during his audience with members of the foreign diplomatic corps at Chakri Maha Prasad throne hall in the Grand Palace, the King assured them of his intention to forge closer and sustainable relations between Thailand and their countries.
The King gave his response after Singaporean ambassador Mrs. Chow Siew-chan, in her capacity as dean of the diplomatic corps, expressed good wishes to the King on the occasion of his coronation on behalf of diplomats from 130 countries and international organizations.
Their Majesties the King and Queen appeared on the balcony of Sudthaisavarya throne hall, at about 5 pm, to chants of “Long Live the King” from a huge crowd wearing yellow shirts and waving the Thai national and King’s yellow flags. Simultaneously, the Royal anthem was played by a brass band.
Tens of thousands filled the space in front of the Grand Palace, on the grounds of Sanam Luang and surrounding areas to participate in the auspicious occasion. Many of them arrived hours before the King’s appearance on the balcony, part of the Coronation Ceremony.
After delivering his brief message, the King invited his three children, HRH Princess Bajrakitiyabha, HRH Princess Sirivannavari Naritana and HRH Prince Dipangkorn Rasijoti, who were standing behind him, to join him and Queen Suthida to receive good wishes from the crowd. A smiling Princess Sirivannavari was seen cheerfully waving back at the crowd.
Prior to the public audience, the King received good wishes from Chula Ratchamontri, the Muslim spiritual leader and a cardinal of the Catholic Church in Thailand.
The public audience lasted about ten minutes after which Their Majesties the King and Queen and the three members of the Royal Family retreated back into the throne hall.
A formation display of illuminated drones will take place above Sanam Luang at about 7 pm.