PHUKET: A ceremony to mark HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s visit to Phuket 54 years ago was led by Phuket Vice Governor Somkiet Sangkaosutthirak today.
A merit-making ceremony with nine monks at the Governor’s residence started the proceedings at about 7 am, after which Phuket V/Gov Somkiet carried the Phuket Provincial sword through the streets of Phuket.
The revered sword was presented to Phuket by King Vajiravudh (Rama VI) during his visit in 1917.
“The event is held to honor HM the King, HM Queen Sirikit and the royal family, and to commemorate their visit from March 8 to March 12, 1959. Their visit demonstrated the royalty’s commitment to the government’s policy of democracy with HM the King as the head of state,” said Vice Governor Somkiet
Activities to honor HM the King kicked off at the Governor’s residence at 6pm.