HM King to grace grand mil­i­tary pa­rade Satur­day

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The Royal Thai Armed Forces (RTAF) will hold a grand mil­i­tary pa­rade and oath of al­le­giance to His Majesty the King in Saraburi on Satur­day, the first since the monarch’s coro­na­tion in May last year.

Their Majesties the King and Queen, ac­com­pa­nied by Her Royal Highness Princess Ba­jrak­i­tiyabha Narendi­rade­bya­vati, will at­tend the cer­e­mony at the army’s cav­alry cen­tre in Saraburi’s Muang dis­trict, the RTAF said.

The first grand pa­rade in the reign of His Majesty the King comes 23 years af­ter a sim­i­lar march-past was held to mark His Majesty King Bhu­mi­bol Adulyadej The Great’s 50 years on the throne, at the Royal Plaza in Bangkok on June 23, 1996.

Satur­day’s pa­rade will fea­ture bat­tal­ions of troops, mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles and cav­alry, as well as of­fi­cers from the Royal Thai Po­lice.

A fly­past in­volv­ing 37 air­craft from the air force, in­clud­ing AU-23 jets, will re­lease trails of smoke in the three colours of the na­tional flag — red, white and blue.

Among the mil­i­tary hard­ware tak­ing part will be BTR-3E1 ar­moured ve­hi­cles, M60A3 tanks, VT-4 bat­tle tanks, and as­sault am­phibi­ous ve­hi­cles, ac­cord­ing to the RTAF.

The pub­lic are in­vited to gather along the route to the cer­e­mo­nial ground to greet Their Majesties.

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