Coronation of new Thai king postponed for at least a year

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thai-king-mourningThailand’s Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, the successor of late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, wants his coronation held off for at least a year, government officials said late on October 15 after the Crown Prince granted an audience to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and General Prem Tinsulanonda, in the latter’s capacity as interim Regent.

The Crown Prince declined to be declared King immediately after his father’s death, saying he wanted to grieve along with his country’s people throughout the one-year mourning period. Officials have indicated that he will be proclaimed King whenever he is ready, with the coronation to take place later. King Bhumibol named him heir apparent in 1972.

The Crown Prince “asked the people not to be confused or worry about the country’s administration or even about the succession”, Prayut said in a TV statement, because this matter was clearly stated in the constitution, the Palace Law and traditions.

“He said at this time everyone is sad, he is still sad, so every side should wait until we pass this sad time,” he added.

According to Prayut, the Crown Prince wanted all people to take this time to keep to themselves in their memories of the past 70 years and said that the coronation could take place some time after the royal cremation which will take place after the mourning period.

The Crown Prince will be crowned after the funerary rites for King Bhumibol are completed, Prayut said.

 

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Thailand’s Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, the successor of late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, wants his coronation held off for at least a year, government officials said late on October 15 after the Crown Prince granted an audience to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and General Prem Tinsulanonda, in the latter’s capacity as interim Regent.

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thai-king-mourningThailand’s Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, the successor of late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, wants his coronation held off for at least a year, government officials said late on October 15 after the Crown Prince granted an audience to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and General Prem Tinsulanonda, in the latter’s capacity as interim Regent.

The Crown Prince declined to be declared King immediately after his father’s death, saying he wanted to grieve along with his country’s people throughout the one-year mourning period. Officials have indicated that he will be proclaimed King whenever he is ready, with the coronation to take place later. King Bhumibol named him heir apparent in 1972.

The Crown Prince “asked the people not to be confused or worry about the country’s administration or even about the succession”, Prayut said in a TV statement, because this matter was clearly stated in the constitution, the Palace Law and traditions.

“He said at this time everyone is sad, he is still sad, so every side should wait until we pass this sad time,” he added.

According to Prayut, the Crown Prince wanted all people to take this time to keep to themselves in their memories of the past 70 years and said that the coronation could take place some time after the royal cremation which will take place after the mourning period.

The Crown Prince will be crowned after the funerary rites for King Bhumibol are completed, Prayut said.

 

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