Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej appears before crowds in Bangkok
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Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej celebrates 85th birthday

Thousands of people have taken to the streets of the Thai capital, Bangkok, to celebrate the birthday of the world's longest-reigning monarch.

Many would only have caught a glimpse of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who took to the throne in 1946, when he made a rare public appearance on Wednesday.

Jonathan Head reports.

  • 05 Dec 2012
  • From the section UK