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King Bhumibol Adulyadej's last encounter with the foreign press

Being monarch was 'great fun,' but like having an upside-down pyramid on his neck

DOMINIC FAULDER, Associate Editor, Nikkei Asian Review | Thailand

BANGKOK -- In April 2008, nine members of the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand were granted an audience with King Bhumibol Adulyadej to present him with the second edition of "The King of Thailand in World Focus," a book showing how his life had been covered by the foreign media since his birth in the U.S. in 1927.

There was no doubt that the king liked the book, which included a photograph of his U.S. birth certificate stamped "Commonwealth of Massachusetts." He expressed his thanks three times, but not, it seemed, because the book flattered him. "It will show people what we tried to do," he said.

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