Monday, December 5, 2011

Happy Birthday To His Majesty

The King and Queen (from some years back) addressing a crowd

On July 25th of this year I did a post about His Royal Highness King Bhumibol Adulyadej (also known as King Rama IX) as a younger man, using some pictures I'd taken at a large photo exhibit in Rama II park in Amphawa.  The King is 84 today, and while his health has waned over the last couple of years the love and admiration the Thai hold for him hasn't faded a bit.

The Pan Pacific Hotel's birthday greeting a couple of years ago

Rarely leaving the hospital where he's been cared for since what official sources called a respiratory illness landed him there in September 2009 HRH was taken today to his home, where he made a televised appeal from a balcony for unity among the Thai... on what most would assume he meant to be on a variety of levels.

As I write and post this it's late in the evening of his day there, but here's hoping his wish for his land - and his people - comes true.

Press photo of His Royal Hignhess, taken today

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