Thailand has begun three days of coronation ceremonies for King Maha Vajiralongkorn.
King Vajiralongkorn inherited the throne in 2016 when his long-reigning father Bhumibol Adulyadej died.
Days in the past in a shock announcement the palace stated the king had married his long-term associate and royal consort who would now be Queen Suthida.
Thailand has a constitutional monarchy, however the royal household is very revered by Thais and wields appreciable energy.
Thailand additionally has strict legal guidelines, known as lese majeste, which ban criticism of the monarchy. The legal guidelines have shielded the royal household from public view and scrutiny.
The coronation comes at a time of political uncertainty. A common election was held on 24 March, the primary for the reason that military took management in a coup in 2014, however a brand new authorities has but to be declared.
Nevertheless, many Thais are excited to witness historical past, and might be keenly watching the primary coronation in nearly 70 years.
Who’s the king?
King Vajiralongkorn, 66, is the second youngster, and first son, of Queen Sirikit and Bhumibol Adulyadej.
He was educated within the UK and Australia and has been skilled on the Royal Navy School in Canberra. He went on to change into an officer within the Thai armed forces and is a professional civilian and fighter pilot.
He grew to become crown prince and official inheritor to the throne in 1972.
Queen Suthida, who’s his fourth spouse, is the deputy commander of his private safety unit. She was made a full common within the military in December 2016.
What are the coronation ceremonies?
The coronation rituals started at 10:09 (03:09 GMT), an auspicious time, when King Vajiralongkorn became a white gown to undergo purification and anointment ceremonies utilizing sacred water that has been collected from greater than 100 areas across the nation.
He will even obtain the 5 Royal Regalia – the symbols of kingship – which incorporates the Nice Crown of Victory.
A lot of the predominant Brahmin and Buddhist rituals happen on Saturday, and the coronation continues till Monday.
Whereas King Vajiralongkorn has been on the throne since 2016, in Thai custom he can’t be thought-about a divine consultant on Earth nor the primary patron of Buddhism till he’s consecrated.
How are Thais marking the event?
On Sunday, King Vajiralongkorn will participate in a procession across the capital, Bangkok, giving folks an opportunity to rejoice his consecration.
Massive crowds are anticipated for this occasion in addition to when he makes a public look on a balcony on the Grand Palace on Monday.
King Vajiralongkorn spends most of his time overseas and isn’t as well-known to the general public as his father.
However large portraits of him can now be seen at many buildings after it was made necessary for state workplaces to erect them within the weeks main as much as the celebration.
Civil servants have been additionally requested to put on yellow – the color related to the king. Many bizarre Thais will even be carrying yellow to point out their loyalty to the monarch.
Saturday four Could
- The Royal Purification and Anointment – sacred water is poured over the king
- Royal Regalia – the king is offered with the crown, sword and different gadgets
- Temple of the Emerald Buddha – the king proclaims himself the Royal Patron of Buddhism
- Assumption of the Royal Residence – he symbolically strikes into the official residence with a housewarming ceremony
Sunday 5 Could
- Royal Procession on Land – the king rides the Royal Palanquin encircling the town permitting folks to pay homage
Monday 6 Could
- The king grants a public viewers on a balcony within the Grand Palace. Later he grants an viewers to worldwide diplomats.