Coronation Day

May 5 is a public holiday that celebrates the coronation of HM The King Bhumibol Adulyadej on May 5, 1950. On this day royal decorations are awarded by HM The King to prominent citizens.

News of Coronation Day in previous years:
Thier Majesties to celebrate at Grand PalaceThe Nation, May 5, 2005
…Many activities were scheduled for the grand celebration under the theme “uniting all hearts to express loyalty” from 6pm-midnight daily at the Royal Plaza, said Suriya Soucksakit, assistant to the culture minister…

Royal honour ‘not cancelled’The Nation, May 5, 2005
Clarifying the absence today of the usual Coronation Day ceremony to bestow the Most Illustrious Order of Chula Chom Klao, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said yesterday that this did not mean the royal decoration itself would not be awarded this year…

Caretaker PM Thaksin to assume official role on Coronation Day – TNA, May 3, 2006
…Government Spokesman Dr. Surapong Suebwonglee said the caretaker premier would assume the prime minister’s role at a royal ceremony in honour of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej on the auspicious occasion of Coronation Day which falls on
May 5…

Royal awards ceremony is cancelledBangkok Post, May 3, 2006
This year’s ceremony to bestow royal decorations on those who have contributed to the good of the country, to mark Coronation Day, has been called off. A highly-placed Government House source said an inconvenience had prompted the cancellation of this year’s royal ceremony in which His Majesty the King was to present selected people with the Illustrious Order of Chula Chom Klao on May 5.
A high-level source in the Cabinet Secretariat said the ceremony had previously been cancelled by the Royal Household Bureau in 1995, when HRH the Princess Mother passed away, and during the Oct 14, 1973 uprising and the Oct 6, 1976 bloodbath…
Government spokesman Surapong Suebwonglee said caretaker Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, and not his deputy Pol Gen Chidchai Wannasathit, would be the one to appear in the role of prime minister at a royal ceremony in honour of His Majesty on the evening of May 5…

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