Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent and Co., Ltd,
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HOW THE KING WAS CROWNED
Bangkok, 7th December, 1911. At the ball yesterday evening we greatly enjoyed ourselves; much more so as it took place almost in the open air, in a pavilion specially erected near the offices of the Local Government. The decorations were wonderfully harmonious, and the placing and disposition of the lampsaas is always the case in Siamamost effective.
At 10 p.m. the royalties began to arrive; the princes and princesses of Denmark, Sweden, England, Russia, and Japan. Many of the Siamese princes and princesses wore a tempest of jewels, with Prince Damrong at the head. He almost at once came to me and inquired how I had amused myself the evening before at the theatre.
At 11 p.m., alone as a deity, the king arrived, and the dance in which the princes and princesses animatedly took part was, for a moment, interrupted.
The king having received the homage of some of the great ones, seated himself on a small throne to watch, and, above all, to be admired. At a late hour a sumptuous supper was served, accompanied with champagne.
This afternoon, at the usual ground of Thong-Sanam-Luang, the review in perfect European style took place.
The Siamese soldiers, it seemed to me, could not march better, but they are very frail for war.
At the review I at last became acquainted with a very nice European lady, not an easy thing to find in Bangkok, in fact she