Special ceremonies have been held in various parts of Thailand today to mark the 70th anniversary of His Majesty the King of Thailand ascending to the throne. King Bhumibol Adulyadej came to the throne on June 9, 1946, following the death of his brother. The new monarch was only 18 at the time and it was decided that he should complete his studies before the formal coronation ceremony which took place on May 5, 1950.
Many Thais have been wearing the king’s colour, yellow, in his honour today. Official merit-making ceremonies attended by monks and local dignitaries have also been held at various locations around Thailand including the Grand Palace in Bangkok and the Three Kings Monument in Chiang Mai.
The 88-year-old Thai king has been in poor health for a number of years and apart from a few brief trips to the royal palace in Hua Hin, continues to live in specially adapted rooms at Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok. Earlier this week the king underwent heart surgery in the Thai capital. The procedure was to widen his arteries following tests which revealed there was insufficient blood in the heart muscles. A statement released by the palace said the surgery produced ‘satisfactory results’.