Monday, 16 September 2019

Mitree Chitinunda gets a haircut depicting the face of Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn, to mark the king's 67th birthday, at a barbershop in Bangkok, Thailand July 28, 2019. On one side of his head it reads "Long Live", on the other "The King". And on the back is a painstakingly snipped birthday portrait of Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Mitree Chitinunda gets a haircut depicting the face of Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn, to mark the king's 67th birthday, at a barbershop in Bangkok, Thailand July 28, 2019. Devoted monarchist Mitree Mike Chitinunda decided to mark the king's 67th birthday on Sunday with a haircut that has drawn praise from some royalists but criticism from others, who view it as disrespectful. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Military cadets hold up Thai national flags as they gather outside the Grand Palace to celebrate the 67th birthday of Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn in Bangkok, Thailand, July 28, 2019. Thai ultra-royalists are known for extreme displays of devotion to the monarch, seen as a semi-divine figure. But in nearly three years on the throne, King Vajiralongkorn has not acquired the mass affection that his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, gained during seven decades of rule before his death in 2016. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

Mitree Chitinunda gets a haircut to mark the Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn's 67th birthday, at a barbershop in Bangkok, Thailand July 28, 2019. The hairstyle reads: "Long Live The King". Mitree, who sports a crimson beard, has had special haircuts before - including one of Thailand's current prime minister and former junta leader Prayuth Chan-Ocha. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Mitree Chitinunda gets a haircut to mark the Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn's 67th birthday, at a barbershop in Bangkok, Thailand July 28, 2019. The hairstyle reads: "Long Live The King". The haircuts made him popular at the hospital where he works as a radiographer and that helps put patients at ease, he said. The latest cut was planned carefully with barber Vorajit Chantanon, who is also a strongly committed royalist and marked the king's birthday by giving free haircuts. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Well-wishers hold a picture of Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn to celebrate the king's 67th birthday outside the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand, July 28, 2019. Mitree sat with a portrait of the king in his hands for the barber to follow. The haircut took more than three hours. To maintain the picture requires further snipping every few days. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha