In the evening of June 28, day-one of his five-day State visit to the United States, King Phumiphol of Thailand and Queen Sirikit were guests of President and Mrs.
SV Ike and Mamie welcome Thai King and Queen
SV Party walk across room.
SCU Ike pins the Legion of Merit onto King Phumiphol Adulyadej.
CU Mamie and Queen Sirikit.
SV Left to right: King, Ike , Queen.
LV Left to right: King, Ike, Queen and Mamie.
SV Carved elephant presented by King to Ike.
CU Ornamental houda.
SV King Phumiphol Adulyadej and Ike stand beside elephant.
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Background: In the evening of June 28, day-one of his five-day State visit to the United States, King Phumiphol of Thailand and Queen Sirikit were guests of President and Mrs. Eisenhower at a State dinner given at the White House.
Mrs. Eisenhower made one of her rare appearances since her recent prolonged stay in hospital.
Before the dinner, President Eisenhower awarded the Legion of Merit, Degree of the Chief Commander, to the 32-year-old monarch. Part of the citation read; "... His Majesty King Phumiphol Adulyadej, defender of the faith and Commander in Chief of the Royal Thai Armed Forces, has since his coronation on May 5th, 1950, served as a symbol of unity and steadfastness in the Free World".
Earlier in the day, at the Presidential Guest House, King Phumiphol had invested President Eisenhower with the Most Illustrious Order of the Royal House of Chakri, Thailand's highest award.