Tradition honoured with elaborate royal procession

06 May, 2019, 04:59 | Author: Trevor Moore
  • Thai Royal Regalia

Saturday marks the start of a series of events around the coronation of Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, more than two years after he ascended the throne following the death of his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

During the hours-long procession Thais will have the opportunity to "pay homage" to the king who will also stop at several major temples to pray before large gilded Buddha images.

There, he will light the auspicious candle at 4:19 p.m. (9:19 GMT) - a time that court astrologers determined was propitious - while 80 Buddhist monks chant.

Later Saturday, the King held an audience for members of the royal family, the Privy Council and the Cabinet, among other senior officials, where they vowed their allegiance to king and country, and he promised to work with them for the nation's benefit.

Thailand has crowned its new king in a $31 million three-day celebration that comes nearly 69 years to the day since the last coronation.

While Thailand has been a constitutional monarchy since 1932, the king wields enormous power and influence in Thailand and is seen as the spiritual protector of the people.

The king will also reduce sentences for some prisoners, including those imprisoned for life, and commute inmates' death sentences to life.

For many Thais, the procession is a chance to see the king in a country where the wealthy monarchy is the focus of reverence and veneration.

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The King also granted full royal title to Queen Suthida, whom he just named Queen this Wednesday before the coronation ceremony.

The king's procession involved more than 1,300 personnel.

The monarch was joined by new Queen Suthida after a surprise announcement three days before the coronation that the thrice-divorced monarch had married for a fourth time.

During the three-day celebration, the 66-year-old King Vajiralongkorn will be presented with a gold 7.3-kilogram crown, circle parts of the city on a royal palanquin and will undergo a royal purification ceremony using sacred water gathered from Thailand's 76 provinces, according to the Thai Government's public relations department.

King Vajiralongkorn is the tenth monarch of the Chakri dynasty, which has reigned since 1782. Here, the officials and dignitaries pledge their allegiance to king and country. The King would grant new royal titles to royal family members, ride in the royal palanquin in the royal procession to receive people's good wishes on Sunday, and meet a public audience including members of global diplomatic corps on Monday. But the dazzling display of the primacy of the monarchy in Thai life belies a simmering political crisis held over from elections in March.

The couple met when she was a flight attendant on Thai Airways.

Born on June 3, 1978, she graduated with a Communication Arts degree in 2000 from the Catholic-run Assumption University of Thailand.

She stunned Thailand in February when her name was forwarded as a candidate for premier by an anti-junta party - a move swiftly shot down by her brother in a royal command.

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