Thailand's King Bhumibol Marks 65th Anniversary of Coronation

King Bhumibol left Bangkok's Siriraj Hospital to make an appearance at the Grand Palace on Coronation Day, 5 May 2015.

BANGKOK (DPA) — The world's longest-reigning monarch made a rare public appearance Tuesday during a Coronation Day ceremony at the Grand Palace in the Thai capital.

King Bhumibol Adulyadej, 87, was presiding over the ceremony to celebrate the 65th anniversary since his coronation on May 5, 1950.

He was accompanied by Crown Pince Maha Vajiralongkorn, 62, and Crown Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, 60, at the ceremony.

A service was held in front of the Amarin Vinijchai Throne Hall in the Grand Palace complex.

King Bhumibol, or Rama IX, travelled to the event from Bangkok's Siriraj Hospital, where he currently resides.

The king is highly revered and regarded as a father figure by Thai people, many of whom deify him.

 

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