On the second day of his coronation activities, Thailand’s new King Maha Vajiralongkorn Sunday granted new titles to members of the royal family in front of an audience of dignitaries including top government officials and senior Buddhist monks. Vajiralongkorn was formally crowned as divine Monarch on Saturday. The king donned the 7.3 kg (16 lb) Great Crown of Victory as part of the elaborate coronation ceremonies mixing Buddhist and Hindu Brahmin traditions.
The coronation, which is a three-day ceremony began today. He was crowned king after an extended mourning period for his revered father. This will be the first such ceremony in 69 years since his father Bhumibol Adulyadej died two years ago, Adulyadej became Thailand’s monarch in 1950.
The ceremony which is expected to cost more than $30 million is an interesting mix of Buddhist and Brahminical rituals, symbolically declaring the king as devaraja (God-king) and upholder of Buddhism in Thailand.
Watch LIVE: Thailand Coronation ceremony
A monarch’s coronation is given the utmost priority in Thailand, where kings have traditionally long held a divine status, and that is reflected in some astounding numbers.
The is the 12th coronation for kings of the reigning Chakri dynasty. Follow Highlights here
Newly crowned king King Maha Vajiralongkorn begins procession
Thailand's newly crowned King Maja began his seven km (four-mile) procession from the Grand Palace to three Buddhist temples in Bangkok. The monarch will pay homage to each temple's main Buddha images. Crowds of well-wishers clad in yellow, a colour associated with the monarch, lined the procession route in a spectacle not seen for nearly seven decades. (Reuters)
Vajiralongkorn's older sister Princess Ubolratana absent from the ceremony
One noticeable absence at Sunday's title-bestowing event was King Maha Vajiralongkorn's older sister Princess Ubolratana who, in February, broke with the royal family's tradition of remaining above politics by announcing a surprise bid to run for prime minister. The king had issued a public command calling her candidacy for an opposition party "inappropriate" and the Election Commission disqualified her candidacy. The party that nominated her was later banned from the election, of which the official results will be released after the coronation. However, Princess Ubolratana, who gave up her royal titles when she married an American university classmate, has been at other coronation events. (Reuters)
King Vajiralongkorn's coronation takes place after an official mourning for is father
Vajiralongkorn, who is the tenth monarch of the reigning Chakri dynasty, ascended the throne after the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 2016 and has since been dispatching his duties as a king.
See more photos
King grants titles to royal family on 2nd day of rituals
On the second day of his coronation activities, Thailand’s new King Maha Vajiralongkorn Sunday granted new titles to members of the royal family in front of an audience of dignitaries including top government officials and senior Buddhist monks.
The King's 86-year-old mother, known as Queen Sirikit, was granted a new official title of Queen Mother. Vajiralongkorn's son, Prince Dipangkorn Rasmijoti, was one of the family members granted a fresh name for the new reign. He turned 14 on April 29 and is the heir presumptive.
Later Sunday, there will be a 7-kilometer (4.3-mile) royal procession in which the king will be carried on an elaborate palanquin through nearby city streets to visit four important temples and allow the public to pay homage to him.
The King pays respect to his father, mother
The 66-year-old Vajiralongkorn began Sunday morning's event before dignitaries in a hall at Bangkok's Grand Palace by paying respects in front of portraits of his late father and mother, who has been hospitalised for an extended period. His mother, who was Bhumibol's queen, was granted a new official title of Queen Mother. (PTI)
Thailand King coronation
People hold photos of Thailand's newly crowned King Maha Vajiralongkorn before a coronation procession, near the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand May 5, 2019. (REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar)
Seven kilometer long royal procession scheduled for Sunday
On Sunday, there will be a 7-kilometer (4.3-mile) royal procession involving 343 men, in which the king will again be carried on his palanquin through nearby city streets to visit four important temples and allow the public to pay homage to him. (AP)
Maha Vajiralongkorn crowned as divine monarch
Vajiralongkorn took the crown on Saturday, in the third rite of his coronation ceremony. The crown was handed to Vajiralongkorn by the chief Brahmin, a Hindu priest, who has played a guiding part in Saturday's mixed Buddhist-Hindu ceremony.
Vajiralongkorn undergoes intricate Buddhist and Brahmin ceremonies
As intricate Buddhist and Brahmin ceremonies begin for Vajiralongkorn to symbolically transform him into a living God as the Southeast Asian nation officially crowns its first monarch in nearly seven decades. The country's Buddhist Supreme Patriarch also poured sacred waters over the king's body, followed by Brahmin priests and royal family members.
Thai king begins purification rituals
Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn donned white robes and began purification rituals on Saturday before being officially crowned in intricate ceremonies.
Day 1 of Coronation ceremony
Citizens have started gathering for the ceremony. Up to 2,00,000 citizens are expected to line in streets of Bangkok to view the ceremony. Nearly 40,000 security personnel has been deployed during the ceremonies.
Thai well-wishers hold portrait of Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn outside Grand Palace in Bangkok. (AP Photo)