May 5 - Thailand celebrates the 64th anniversary of King's Bhumibol Adulyadej Coronation in the southern resort town of Hua Hin. Sarah Toms reports.
The coastal town of Hua Hin is a sea of yellow as thousands of Thais, wearing the king's colours, throng the streets for a glimpse of their monarch on the 64th anniversary of his coronation. It's rare for King Bhumibol Adulyadej to make a public appearance. The 86-year-old has suffered from ill health for several years. But the Buddhist ceremony to honor the world's longest reigning monarch was not one to be missed. Monks led the service, which was attended by the royal family and government officials. Beseiged Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was also present. She has faced months of protests demanding her resignation and many have died in pro and anti government violence. Thailand's constitutional monarchy has few formal powers, but the king is held in such high regard any comments on politics are highly influential. This time he didn't speak. The Thai monarch came to the throne in 1950 when he was 18. He is revered as the father of the nation, achieving an almost divine status.