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Thai king to be crowned in coronation ceremonies May 4-6 - palace

 

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FILE PHOTO: Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn attends the annual Royal Ploughing Ceremony in central Bangkok, Thailand, May 14, 2018. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

 

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's king is to be officially crowned in coronation ceremonies held May 4-6, the royal palace said in a statement on Tuesday.

 

King Maha Vajiralongkorn, 66, has been serving as monarch since shortly after his father died in 2016 after a 70-year reign.

 

"His Majesty deems it fit to hold the coronation ceremony per royal traditions for the good fortune of the nation and the kingdom, to be enjoyed by the hopeful people," the statement said.

 

His official coronation has been delayed until after a period of mourning for his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who was revered as a semi-divine figure in Thailand.

 

(Writing by Kay Johnson; Editing by Stephen Coates)

 
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King’s coronation set for May

By THE NATION

 

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Command issued for three day ceremony in keeping with royal tradition.
 

HIS MAJESTY KING Maha Vajiralongkorn has issued a command to hold a three-day coronation ceremony in early May, the Royal Household Bureau announced yesterday.

 

The coronation is scheduled for May 4, when the King will make a public appearance before a gathering of the Royal Family, privy councillors, Cabinet members and senior public officials who will offer their good wishes, according to the announcement. 

 

On the following day, a ceremony is scheduled to bestow the royal name on the newly crowned King, in line with the traditions governing the monarchy. On the same day, certain members of the Royal Family will be bestowed new titles to reflect their relationship with King Rama X.

 

On May 6, the King will hold a grand audience with members of the public and foreign diplomats in the Grand Palace.

 

“The King views this as a suitable time to hold the coronation in accordance with tradition and for national celebration and the joy of the people and the Kingdom,” the bureau said in its announcement.

 

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Television Pool of Thailand broadcasted the bureau’s announcement to the nation around noon yesterday.

 

The monarch’s late father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX), was crowned on May 5, 1950, at the age of 22.

 

Following the passing of King Bhumibol on October 13, 2016, the president of the National Legislative Assembly invited then Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn to the throne, at the instruction of the Cabinet.

 

King Bhumibol was crowned in a traditional ceremony held at the Grand Palace. It was the first coronation ceremony of a Thai sovereign to rule under the constitutional monarchy system. May 5 was celebrated as Coronation Day with a public holiday until 2017. 

 

His Majesty the King, 66, is the only son of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Her Majesty Queen Sirikit. In 1972, at the age of 20, he was made crown prince by his father. A year’s mourning following the passing of King Rama IX resulted in a postponement of the coronation ceremony, although the current monarch’s reign officially began on October 13, 2016, upon his father’s departure.

 

Also yesterday, Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha led a group of Cabinet members to write messages for the New Year in honour of His Majesty the King at the Grand Palace. The prime minister was accompanied by his wife, Associate Professor Naraporn.

 

High-ranking military commanders were also present there to write their good wishes for the King on the occasion of the New Year.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30361453

 
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Coronation Committee to be formed : PM

By The Nation

 

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The prime minister, General Prayut Chan-o-cha, on Wednesday will set up a committee to oversee the coronation ceremony of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn set for early May.

 

He said he would chair the panel and invite HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn as the honorary adviser to prepare the ceremony.

 

The Royal Household Bureau on Tuesday announced that the coronation ceremony will be held between May 4 and May 6.

 

Prayut said: “This is an important opportunity for the government to join hands with the Thai public to prepare the ceremony in his honour and according to the customs and culture.” 

 

When the King took the throne in 2017, the government prepared the ceremony internally. The bureau said that on May 4 the King would appear before the Royal Family, privy councillors, Cabinet members and civil servants who will offer their good wishes.

 

On the following day, a ceremony is scheduled to bestow a royal name on the newly crowned king. On the same day, other royals will be bestowed with new titles to reflect their relationship with King Rama X.

 

On May 6, the King will hold a grand audience with members of the public and foreign diplomats in the Grand Palace. “The King views this as a suitable time to hold the coronation in accordance with tradition and for national celebration and the joy of the people and the Kingdom,” the bureau said.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30361476

 
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Princess to oversee coronation

By The Nation

 

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File photo: HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn and HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. // AFP PHOTO

 

THE GOVERNMENT will call on Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn to chair a government-appointed committee to oversee preparations for the coronation ceremony of her brother, His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn, set for early May, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said yesterday.

 

THE GOVERNMENT will call on Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn to chair a government-appointed committee to oversee preparations for the coronation ceremony of her brother, His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn, set for early May, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said yesterday.

 

He was speaking in a special televised programme announcing preparations for the three-day coronation ceremony from May 4 to 6. 

 

Prayut also said that Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam has been given the job of chief organiser for the event. The prime minister’s announcement came after the Royal Household Bureau officially declared the coronation date on Tuesday. His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn took the throne after his father, King Rama IX, passed away on October 13, 2016. 

 

“This is an important opportunity for the government to join hands with the public to prepare for the ceremony in the King’s honour that is in accordance with our customs and culture,” the PM said. 

 

He added that the panel will be in charge of events before, during and after the ceremony. 

 

Since the King ascended the throne in 2016, the government has been making preparations for the coronation ceremony pending official announcement. 

 

The Royal Household Bureau announced that the newly crowned King will appear before the Royal Family, privy councillors, Cabinet members and civil servants on May 4 to receive their good wishes. The following day, a ceremony will be held to bestow a royal name on the King, and on the same day, other Royals will be bequeathed with new titles reflecting their relationship with King Rama X. 

 

On May 6, the King will grant an audience to members of the public and foreign diplomats in the Grand Palace. 

 

“The King views this as a suitable time for the coronation in accordance with tradition. It will be a national celebration and bring joy to the people and the Kingdom,” the bureau said.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30361518

 
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