Saturday, June 10, 2006

Royal celebration of Thai king's 60th anniversary

Royalty from around the world began arriving Sunday in Thailand for the celebration of the 60th year of King Bhumibol Adulyade on the throne.

Among the royals expected to attend are Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei, Jordan's King Abdulllah II and Spain's Queen Sofia.

On Sunday, Buddhist monks blessed the king in an ancient ritual held at Bangkok's Grand Palace that was televised nationwide.

Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej along with Queen Sirikit wave from the balcony of Dusit Palace. AFP photo from Yahoo News.

Celebrations honoring the 78-year-old king will last until Tuesday.

Other guests who have already arrived in the country are Bahrain's Prime Minister Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa, Britain's Prince Andrew and Morocco's Princess Lalla Salma.

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