Thailand's King Phumiphol and Queen Sirikit - on a state visit to America - were officially welcomed to New York, July 5, by Mayor Wagner.
Thailand's King Phumiphol and Queen Sirikit - on a state visit to America - were officially welcomed to New York, July 5, by Mayor Wagner. Highlight of the occasion was when the official, uniformed band unexpectedly broke into a lively jazz version of "South Rampart Street Parade". Jazz-loving King Phumiphol was much amused by this.
The King, asked by a commentator about his reception, said (SOF): "It was wonderful. I have seen in the movies other receptions like this, but I am very excited to feel that I am the one to receive that and I thank all the people of New York for this and, to Mr. Mayor here, I wish to express my thanks."
Queen Sirikit, also asked about the welcome, said (SOF): "I was so touched, so excited at being received so wonderfully like this." Asked what she thought of the city, she continued (SOF): "A great big city it's wonderful. I am going shopping this afternoon, and the people are nice and kind."
Photographers and reporters were excluded from an afternoon engagement, July 5, in which the saxophone-playing King was due to play in a private jazz session with famous U.S. musician Benny Goodman.
After their U.S. visit, the Thai King and Queen will make an extensive tour of Europe. On July 19, they are due in London for a 2-day state visit followed by a 2-day private visit.