The Royalists stage show of support for the king

king Maha and Queen Suthida

Thai monarchy: Royalists stage show of support for the king

Under increasing pressure from protesters demanding reforms to the monarchy,

Thailand’s king and queen met Sunday with thousands of adoring supporters in Bangkok,

mixing with citizens in the street after attending a religious ceremony inside the Grand Palace.

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Crowds of royal devotees waited for hours outside the white walls of the storybook palace compound to greet them,

carrying portraits of King Maha Vajiralongkorn and Queen Suthida and waving national flags.

The monarch waved to the crowd and smiled,

surrounded by aides who crouched beside him as he walked. He paused briefly to make a rare comment when asked what he would say to the protesters who have been demanding reforms.

Thousands of supporters of Thailand’s monarchy have taken to the streets in a show of support for the king.

People waited near the Grand Palace in Bangkok on Sunday to catch a glimpse of King Maha Vajiralongkorn and Queen Suthida.

Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn and Queen Suthida

There were chants of “we will live loyally, die faithfully” and “long live the King.”

It comes after months of anti-monarchist protests calling for royal reforms, including a curb on the powers.

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