Thailand: PM joins Thai people to celebrate king's birthday by donating offerings to 651 monks

W/S Monks arriving at morning Alms ceremony in Royal Plaza, Bangkok M/S MonksM/S Crowd prayingC/U Crowd prayingM/S Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha arriving to ceremonyW/S Monks approaching Prayut Chan-ocha M/S Prayut Chan-ochaM/S Prayut Chan-ocha greeting monksM/S Officials handing offerings to monksW/S Monks receiving offeringsC/U Prayut Chan-ocha handing offerings to monksM/S Offerings M/S... Еще Prayut Chan-ocha and wife Naraporn leavingW/S Monks walking across Royal PlazaM/S Portrait of Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, Dusit Palace in the backgroundC/U Portrait of Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn BodindradebayavarangkunW/S People in Royal PlazaSOT, Supaporn, Bangkok resident (English): «I feel so glad and feel happy because Thai people, all Thai people, love the king. The royal family is beloved of us."W/S People taking group photos in front of portrait of Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun and Dusit PalaceSOT, Prataraporn, Bangkok Government Employee (English): «[inaudible] Prayut Chan-ocha has ordered us to [inaudible] king, to give something very traditional to the king. So we made offerings to all the monks — the number is 651, [that is] the age of the king plus one."M/S Government authorities standing under portrait of Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn BodindradebayavarangkunW/S Thai Military officials marchingSCRIPTThai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha led the birthday celebration of the country's new monarch, King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, in Bangkok, Friday, by donating offerings to 651 Buddhist monks.Joined by his wife Naraporn and several government authorities in the capital's Royal Plaza, the prime minister honoured King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun's 65th birthday by gifting hundreds of monks with parcels of goods.Bangkok Government Employee Prataraporn said that Prayut Chan-ocha called on Thai people to give «something very traditional to the king. So we made offerings to all the monks.» Although the king has already assumed power, Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun will have his coronation after the funeral ceremony of his father Bhumibol Adulyadej, which will take place in October.

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