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The coronation of a king

A person holds up a portrait of Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn as he and Queen Suthida appear on the balcony of Suddhaisavarya Prasad Hall of the Grand Palace on the final day of the king’s coronation in Bangkok on Monday.

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Flanked by royal guards marching to a steady drumbeat, Thailand’s newly-crowned King Maha Vajiralongkorn was carried on a gilded palanquin through the streets of old Bangkok Sunday, in front of crowds who shouted “long live the king!”

The monarch, Rama X of the Chakri dynasty, wore a bejewelled robe and a dark broad-brimmed hat with white feathers, on the second of three days of coronation ceremonies.

The 7km procession brought the public into close proximity with the 66-year-old monarch for the first time, two years after he ascended the throne in an increasingly assertive reign.

Thais wearing yellow shirts — the royal color — and carrying umbrellas to protect against soaring daytime temperatures filled the streets, with many clutching portraits of Vajiralongkorn.

The highlight of last Saturday’s somber ceremonies was the king’s anointment with holy water, before he placed the 7.3kg golden tiered crown on his head.

Thailand’s monarchy is one of the wealthiest in the world and it is steeped in protocol centering on the king, who is viewed as a demigod.

Early Sunday, Vajiralongkorn bestowed royal titles on family members who crawled to his throne in a striking show of deference to the monarch. He was joined by the new queen of Thailand, Suthida Vajiralongkorn na Ayudhya.

Queen Suthida was deputy commander of the king’s royal guard before her marriage to Vajiralongkorn, which was announced days before the coronation.

During the procession she marched next to the palanquin in red and black uniform with a tall fur hat.

The coronation, which started last Saturday, is the first since Vajiralongkorn’s adored and revered father King Bhumibol Adulyadej was crowned in 1950.













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