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It was a rare moment that has shocked royal supporters, in the best way possible, as the Royal couple turned on the charm after a merit-making ceremony last night.

His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn and Queen Suthida stepped away from the traditional royal protocol after last night’s official ceremony, stopping briefly to single out a man who was with a small yellow-clad crowd who had assembled outside the Grand Palace. Their Majesties presided over a merit-making ceremony on Friday night for the public holiday in commemoration of King Chulalongkorn

Well wishers were shocked when both the Thai King and Queen appeared to recognise a man who made headlines in Thai media last week when he held up a portrait of HM’s parents, the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and the Queen Mother Sirikit, in a show of defiance in the middle of an anti-government protest. His Majesty went further and clasped the hands of seated well-wishers, a first for the Thai monarch who was crowned officially on May 4 last year and spends much of his time living in Bavaria, Germany.

The man held the portrait high in the air, held his ground and berated the protesters. He said at the time that he wanted to show solidarity for royal supporters in reaction to the anti-government protests that had been rising in support since July.

HM the King approached and thanked the man, Thitiwat Tanagaroon, for his actions as the rest of the crowd yelled “Long live Their Majesties” (in Thai).

Posting on his Facebook page, Thitiwat recalled the few moments he is unlikely to forget when HM the Queen recognised him from media exposure of the anti-government protest event, and turned to explain to the King that he was the same man who had held up the royal portrait outside the Central Pinklao shopping centre.

Thai media report that the Queen said… “I grant you my support. Thank you very much.”

His Majesty then added, “Very brave. So good. Thank you.”

His Majesty then placed his hand on the man’s shoulder. Thitiwat responded “Long live the King. This is a very great honour for me.”

Thitiwat later posted on his Facebook page… “I am fainting. Their Majesties recognised me. This is the best moment in my life,”

He posted the photo of the King touching his shoulder as the Queen looked on smiling. Overcome with the moment, Thitirat was consoled by the rest of the band of royal supporters.

The posts and video clips instantly went viral on social media last night. The hashtags #FightOnYourMajesty and #WeLoveThaiMonarchy were trending on Twitter last night, pushing aside the #PrayutGetOut and similar hashtags that had been trending over recent weeks.

Royalists have been coming out in staged shows of support to show support for the Thai monarchy and counter the growing support of the recent Thai protest movement. The anti-government protesters have included demands for reform to the role of the Head of State, but have made it clear they don’t want to “get rid of the King”, a common rhetoric of Thai royalists, but instead want to codify the role of the Thai monarch, with limits on the monarch’s power, in a new Thai constitution.

The ‘Royal rallies’. also growing in number, have been in response to the ongoing anti-government demonstrations around the country.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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    Dan Dunsel

    October 24, 2020 at 1:02 pm

    I am not surprised to see the Thaksin red shirts among those requesting the Thai PM to be fired and to curb the Kings powers and wealth. Thaksin and his sister were the enemies of the Royal Family and those in power in Bangkok. He simply wanted to have the power and (cake) for himself. It’s good to see him in Dubai and not in Bangkok. What would Thailand be without the King ? A former Kingdom turned into a regime changed puppet of foreign powers like the US ?

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    John

    October 24, 2020 at 1:03 pm

    Seems like the thaiger supports the red commies, I mean red shirts.

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      Issan John

      October 24, 2020 at 1:23 pm

      What a stupid, uninformed thing to say.

      The red shirts were not “red commies”, and “commies” has a particular extreme connotation of armed rebellion in Thailand that they have never been connected with.

      The Thaiger has also clearly taken steps to simply report the facts without bias or over-interpretation:

      “Royalists have been coming out in staged shows of support to show support for the Thai monarchy and counter the growing support of the recent Thai protest movement. The anti-government protesters have included demands for reform to the role of the Head of State, but have made it clear they don’t want to “get rid of the King”, a common rhetoric of Thai royalists, but instead want to codify the role of the Thai monarch, with limits on the monarch’s power, in a new Thai constitution.”

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        Pat

        October 24, 2020 at 10:27 pm

        Almost Thai people love him so much, touch his feet isn’t shameful thing. It’s like you can kiss your sweetheart feet. Don’t look down the other ideas, mind your own business.

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      preesy chepuce

      October 24, 2020 at 3:41 pm

      Who do you support? And why would you care? It’s not your country (presumably), most foreign guests in Thailand just want to see the place prospering and developing, and becoming more modern like countries in Europe.

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        Issan John

        October 24, 2020 at 11:34 pm

        The last thing I want is for Thailand to become “like countries in Europe”.

        Why would anyone who wants that not remain in Europe?

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        David

        October 26, 2020 at 8:49 pm

        I certainly don’t want Thailand to become like the west. I love Thailand because it stands up for traditional culture and values.

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      Yumpladukfoo

      October 24, 2020 at 10:23 pm

      Ass wipe. He supports repression of the poor and inequality. Get an effing clue, you paid royalist shill.

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      Stan

      October 25, 2020 at 4:26 pm

      Who gives a fuck!

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    steen thomsen

    October 24, 2020 at 1:06 pm

    Jeg er dansker. Støtter både monarkiet og Prayut. Især Prayut beundrer jeg, og hans takling af Covid 19 er Verdensklasse. Så unge demonstranter: Tag hjem til skoler og universiteter. steen thomsen

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      Geoff

      October 24, 2020 at 1:29 pm

      Steen is Danish and he supports the monarchy and Prayut. Prayut’s handling of the virus is world class. Students go back to school and university. Apologies for inaccuracies.
      My thoughts precisely.

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      Issan John

      October 24, 2020 at 1:32 pm

      Support whoever you like, Steen, but telling the protesters to “Tag hjem til skoler og universiteter” (go home to schools and universities) because you “Især Prayut beundrer jeg, og hans takling af Covid 19 er Verdensklasse” (admire Prayut, his handling of Covid-19 is world class) is as blinkered as it is delusional.

      The protesters aren’t protesting about or commenting about Prayut’s handling of Covid-19. NONE ARE.

      You’re confusing two totally different issues.

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        Geoff

        October 24, 2020 at 2:00 pm

        Delusional? A 3 day ultimatum is delusional and no amount of anonymous social media comments will change that. After the students complete their education, get a job, possibly start a family, and see what life is all about, then see how they feel.

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          preesy chepuce

          October 24, 2020 at 3:47 pm

          Why don’t you put that into Google translate, so that Steen can agree with you more easily?

          Alas, the current government does not appear to have fomented conditions over the past few years amenable for students to “complete their education, get a job, possibly start a family”, very easily, what they seem to see what life is all about, is the level of affluence you’re born with, determines your future, because of the lack of social mobility, which is not great for the economy as a whole.
          Your comment is a bit like them saying to you “trying being born poor, and see how you feel”, isn’t it, “Geoff”?

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            Issan John

            October 24, 2020 at 11:43 pm

            preesy, we seldom agree but we’re on common ground here regardless of politics.

            Telling people to “see what life is all about” as if they’re too ill-informed to be worthy of consideration is arrogant in the extreme.

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          sam thompson

          October 24, 2020 at 6:18 pm

          A patronising, disingenuous and smug observation

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          Issan John

          October 24, 2020 at 11:39 pm

          Yes, delusional.

          i) He’s linking the protesters to issues over Covid-19. There is no link. it’s nonsense.

          ii) … and Thailand’s handling of Covid-19 has, thank God, been anything but “world class”; most of the world, particularly the West, has crashed and burned while Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia have excelled.

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            Toby Andrews

            October 25, 2020 at 5:47 pm

            Some people need a God. There is nothing wrong with that.
            This man at the king’s feet has his God. Good luck to him.
            My God was Georgy Best, but I grew out of needing a God.

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    Gosport

    October 24, 2020 at 1:43 pm

    The man held the portrait high in the air, held his ground and berated the protesters.

    Brave man. He acted, Miss Universe just spoke, that’s the difference.

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      preesy chepuce

      October 24, 2020 at 3:50 pm

      There are plenty of people who stood in front of the watercannons and armed police, held their ground, and were berated by those who protest them.
      How do you define that? Did they act too?
      Can you think of others on the opposing side to Miss Universe who have “just spoke” too?

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      The Thaiger & The Nation

      October 24, 2020 at 4:54 pm

      Would suggest Miss Universe Thailand has a lot more to lose, but your point stands.

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    mike

    October 24, 2020 at 2:34 pm

    This behaviour serves to harm them further. Unfortunately for them they don’t realise it. If they would try to reconcile with the other side perhaps they could become popular once again and the illegitimate government could cling onto power.

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    Issan John

    October 25, 2020 at 12:05 am

    Maybe it’s worth noting how the supposedly violent protesters reacted to his original “show of defiance in the middle of an anti-government protest”.

    It’s unfortunate that those with rather more influence and power are unable to show the same sort of respect for others, and feel unable to allow them to express their views with the same sort of freedom.

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    Political Observer

    October 25, 2020 at 1:59 am

    If I inherited a position that gave me $60 billion in wealth I would use it to help my countrymen, not spend it on myself in Germany.

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    Issan John

    October 25, 2020 at 3:06 pm

    To be factually accurate, the “$60 billion in wealth” wasn’t actually “inherited” but belonged to the Crown Property Bureau who held it “on behalf of the Thai people” until 2017, when it was transferred as personal funds by an Act of Parliament by the present government.

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      Political Observer

      October 25, 2020 at 6:34 pm

      Then the money was stolen! It’s theft!

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        Issan John

        October 26, 2020 at 6:07 pm

        No, that’s not correct either.

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        Issan John

        October 26, 2020 at 7:26 pm

        Just to correct this beyond any doubt, this is completely wrong.

        The organisation and control of the CPB was changed by Act of Parliament in 2017, and announced openly and in the normal way by both the CPB and Royal Bulletin.

        There were a number of changes including to the CPB and the organisation of the Royal Household, including taxation and budgeting, and all were approved by Parliament and published accordingly.

        While it has become controversial and reversing it is one of the protesters’ “demands”, it was nevertheless passed by Act of Parliament and was reported by local as well as international media at the time.

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    Toby Andrews

    October 25, 2020 at 7:07 pm

    Wrong the Crown Property Bureau do not hold the wealth on behalf of the Thai people.
    The clue to it’s function is the word Crown.
    The Crown Property Bureau hold the wealth on behalf of the the royal family. What else?
    This avoided tax.
    Now that the king has had the wealth transferred to the himself personally, it is now subjected to tax.
    So Political O is right.
    The King inherited a position that gave him $60 billion in wealth.
    And you are WRONG!
    The wealth was never held on behalf of the Thai people.

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      Issan John

      October 26, 2020 at 6:34 pm

      I’m purely going by a number of official Thai government and embassy letters that variously state that “… the CPB is responsible for protecting and managing the royal assets and property as well as supporting other activities for the benefits of Thai subjects and society …” that the assets are “…held in trust for the nation …” and “… on behalf of the Thai people …”.

      I’m not making any comment on it at all or in any way, simply repeating what the CPB announced on 16 June 2018 and repeating previous official statements from Thai embassies about the CPB assets made on behalf of the government, all of which are readily available in full on-line.

      If you think those official statements are “WRONG”, then maybe you should take it up with the authors and the government since all I’m doing is repeating them, nothing more.

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