Coronation Ceremonies Commences, Thai King Officially Ascends the Throne
Last updated on May 7th, 2019
Maha Vajiralongkorn the current Thai King, was officially crowned as the King of Thailand on Saturday morning and marked the start of the elaborate coronation ceremonies which will last for three days.
Vajiralongkorn ascended the throne three years ago after the tragic death of his revered father and former king, Bhumibol Adulyadej. The coronation took place after 69 years in a pavilion in the Grand Palace.
Thai King, Maha Vajiralongkorn was seen wearing a white, gold-trimmed one shoulder-robe as the Supreme Patriarch, poured water down the back and on the hands of Vajiralongkorn.
The ceremony performed by the Supreme Patriarch, was followed by Brahmin priests and royal family members giving vessels of blessed water to the Vajiralongkorn to pour over himself.
As the water started pouring, a stand of canons of 19th century shot 10 volleys each. After the ceremony, he received and wore five Royal Regalia including The Great Crown of Victory which weighs at 7.3 kg.
The ceremony included the members of Royal Family, and some chosen officials like Prayuth Chan-ocha, the head of the National Legislative Assembly, and the chairman of the Supreme Court.
Even though Thailand is a constitutional monarchy still it has a substantial hold over the public of Thailand, not to forget the money and the power. While the Thai King has a wealth of over US$40 Billion, he has also strengthened the control over royal guards and the Crown Property Bureau.
Earlier Vajiralongkorn surprised the entire nation by marrying his long term partner and deputy chief of his personal guard force on Wednesday in a traditional manner.
As his first command he said, “I will inherit, continue and advance the rule by righteousness for the benefit and happiness of the people forever.”
While the events of Saturday comprised of coronation, Sunday and Monday will be followed by Royal procession and addressing the pubic and international diplomats respectively.
People of Thailand in the wake of Vajiralongkorn’s coronation are wearing yellow shirts with great excitement. It is known as the birth colour of Vajiralongkorn and his father and also the colour of the sun, which represents kings in the solar system.
According to historian Dr. Sulak Sivaraksa, the Thai king is “very well-read”. He said, “Based on my impression, he was concerned about the survival of the monarchy, the state of the Thai sangha, and how democracy would work in Thailand.”
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