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Thai King praises 'unity' in speech on final coronation day

May 06, 2019 - 9:26 PM

'I want the unity shown here with this goodwill to be an encouraging sign for everybody, all sides to perform their duties for the prosperity of our country,' King Maha Vajiralongkorn says

KING. Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn (C), Queen Suthida and his daughter Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol (L) wave to well-wishers from the balcony of Suddhaisavarya Prasad Hall of the Grand Palace as they grant a public audience on the final day of his royal coronation in Bangkok on May 6, 2019. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

'Long live the King!': Thai monarch carried in grand coronation procession

May 05, 2019 - 6:29 PM

(UPDATED) Thais wearing yellow shirts flock to the streets to witness King Rama X's procession

Thai King Rama X set for first grand procession since coronation

May 05, 2019 - 12:40 PM

The king bestows royal titles on family members who crawl to his throne as he sits next to his new Queen Suthida.

King Maha Vajiralongkorn crowned Rama X of Thailand

May 04, 2019 - 1:42 PM

(UPDATED) This is the highlight of an elaborate 3-day coronation ceremony

This screengrab from Thai TV Pool video taken on May 4, 2019 shows Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn as he was crowned during his coronation in Bangkok. (Photo by Thai TV Pool / THAI TV POOL / AFP)

From bodyguard to Queen, Thailand's Suthida makes public debut

May 02, 2019 - 10:48 PM

Thailand's Queen Suthida is seen kneeling alongside the king as they pay their respects to statues of previous Chakri dynasty monarchs in Bangkok's historic quarter

PUBLIC DEBUT. Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn (L) and Queen Suthida (R) pay their respect at King Rama V monument in Bangkok on May 2, 2019, ahead of the royal coronation which will take place from May 4 to 6. Photo by Dailynews/Pool/AFP

Thailand set for coronation of King Rama X, first in 69 years

May 02, 2019 - 4:05 PM

The May 4-6 coronation comes more than two years after Vajiralongkorn ascended the throne at the death of his father Bhumibol Adulyadej.

THAILAND'S KING. A woman walks past a portrait of Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn in Bangkok on May 1, 2019, ahead of his coronation which will take place from May 4 to 6. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Thai King announces consort to be Queen ahead of coronation

May 01, 2019 - 11:01 PM

The Royal Gazette has published an announcement saying Suthida Vajiralongkorn na Ayudhya, a former flight attendant, has 'legally married' the king in accordance with royal traditions

QUEEN. This screengrab from Thai TV Pool video taken on May 1, 2019 shows a ceremony in which Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn 'legally married' Suthida Vajiralongkorn na Ayudhya in Bangkok. Photo by Thai TV Pool/THAI TV POOL/AFP)

Royalist volunteers toil overtime for Thai King's coronation

May 01, 2019 - 4:01 PM

The 'Jit Arsa' program – or Spirit Volunteers – billows out across Thailand. It was founded in 2017 by Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn ahead of the cremation of his late father Bhumibol Adulyadej.

VOLUNTEER CORPS. This picture taken on April 25, 2019 shows Thailand Post Company Ltd employees arranging themselves for a group photograph in honor of Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn in Bangkok, ahead of his royal coronation. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Rival rallies grip Bangkok as election crunch time looms

Mar 22, 2019 - 9:17 PM

Thailand is broadly divided between pro-Shinawatra factions and an elite aligned with the military, which has portrayed itself as a stabilizing force and defender of the country's monarchy

FINAL RALLY. Thailand's junta leader and Phalang Pracharat party's candidate for prime minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha speaks during the party's final major campaign rally in Bangkok on March 22, 2019, ahead of the March 24 general election. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Thai court to hear case against party behind princess political bid

Feb 14, 2019 - 10:27 PM

Party officials fear the case is being hustled through ahead of the March 24 election, which is already stacked in favor of the ruling junta, whose leader Prayut Chan-O-Cha wants to return as a civilian premier

THAI ELECTIONS. In this file photo, an official of Raksa Chart party holds the registration document bearing the photograph of Thai Princess Ubolratana prior to submitting to election commission officials in Bangkok on February 8, 2019. File photo by Krit Phromsakla Na Sakolnakorn / Thai News Pix/AFP

Thai party leader contrite after rebuke for princess' PM candidacy

Feb 12, 2019 - 11:26 PM

'Above us is His Majesty and the monarchy,' Preechaphol Pongpanit tells reporters at the party's headquarters

THAI POLITICS. Thai Raksa Chart party leader Preechaphol Pongpanit makes the traditional Thai gesture of respect while speaking to journalists on arrival at the party headquarters in Bangkok on February 12, 2019. Photo By Krit Phromsakla Na Sakolnakorn/Thai News Pix/AFP

Thailand to hold first election since coup on March 24

Jan 23, 2019 - 6:01 PM

(UPDATED) The poll date is set to ignite campaign season in a country where colorful and boisterous political rallies have often tipped into deadly violence

Thai king signs decree approving first election since coup

Jan 23, 2019 - 2:58 PM

The royal decree calls for a general 'election of members of parliament' and gives the kingdom's Election Commission 5 days to announce when it will hold the much-anticipated poll

(FILES) This file photo taken on May 14, 2018 shows Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn presiding over the annual royal ploughing ceremony outside Bangkok's royal palace. Thailand's king has issued a royal decree endorsing the first general election since a 2014 coup, the palace said January 23, with the date of the long-delayed poll expected to announced within days.  Panupong CHANGCHAI / THAI NEWS PIX / AFP

Coronation of Thai King Vajiralongkorn set for May

Jan 01, 2019 - 2:53 PM

(UPDATED) The coronation finally takes place two and half years after Vajiralongkorn ascended the throne following his father's death

Funeral for late Thai king Bhumibol draws to a close

Oct 29, 2017 - 9:43 PM

King Bhumibol Adulyadej's children carry golden urns containing his relics from the Grand Palace to two Bangkok temples where they will be housed

Mourners pray for the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej during the procession transferring the relics and his ashes from the Grand Palace to a local temple in Bangkok on October 29, 2017.  A year of official mourning for Thailand's late King Bhumibol Adulyadej was to end after a lavish five-day funeral full of pageantry and religious ritual. / AFP PHOTO / YE AUNG THU

Making of a monarch: Thais set to part with the 'people's king'

Oct 24, 2017 - 10:48 AM

The late King Bhumibol Adulaydej is remembered as regal but accessible, rich but unflashy and always dedicated to the Thai people

IN MOURNING. People display images of the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej during a ceremony marking one year since his death, in a field in Ayutthaya on October 13, 2017. Roberto Schmidt/AFP

Thais mark new King's birthday with monks, stamps

Jul 28, 2017 - 2:42 PM

In other parts of the capital local businesses erect portraits of the new king while well wishers line up to get special edition postage stamps of the monarch

CELEBRATION. Buddhist monks walk in line after receiving alms during celebrations for the birthday of Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn at the Royal Plaza in Bangkok on July 28, 2017. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Thai activist arrested for commemorating democratic revolution

Jun 24, 2017 - 1:28 PM

Activist Ekachai Hongkangwan is taken to a Bangkok military base for attitude adjustment

THAI MONARCHY. An image of Thailand's new King Maha Vajiralongkorn who became the king of Thailand on December 1, 2016, opening a new chapter for the powerful monarchy in a country still mourning the death of his father. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha / AFP

German teenagers shoot at Thai king with rubber pellets

Jun 21, 2017 - 9:39 PM

Two young boys aged 13 and 14 fired rubber pellets with a toy that we call an airsoft gun at a group of cyclists including the king of Thailand says Thomas Steinkraus Koch of the prosecution service of Landshut town

SHOT AT BY AIRSOFT GUNS. A woman holds an image of Thailand's new King Maha Vajiralongkorn outside the Grand Palace in Bangkok on December 2, 2016. File photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/ AFP

Thai king signs junta's new constitution

Apr 06, 2017 - 1:37 PM

UPDATED The military says the charter – Thailand s twentieth since 1932 – will curb unrest in the politically split kingdom and keep out corrupt lawmakers

This handout photograph from Parliament received and taken on August 7, 2014 shows Thai Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn attending the opening of the National Legislative Assembly in Bangkok. Thai Parliament/File/AFP

Thai king's aide jailed for royal defamation

Mar 04, 2017 - 4:37 PM

The verdict comes after the palace sacked the king s deputy chief of staff Chitpong Thongkum for behaving in a way that brought about distrust and caused severe damage to the royal family

Thai king orders charter amendment in rare intervention

Jan 10, 2017 - 6:52 PM

Like most things regarding Thailand s secrecy shrouded monarchy Vajiralongkorn s approach to the crown remains a mystery and is not open to detailed scrutiny

THAILAND'S NEW KING. A woman holds an image of Thailand's new King Maha Vajiralongkorn outside the Grand Palace in Bangkok on December 2, 2016. File photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/ AFP

New Thai king pardons prisoners in 'first show of mercy'

Dec 12, 2016 - 2:50 PM

The prisoner pardon is King Maha Vajiralongkorn s first chance since he succeeded the throne to show the king s mercy according to a statement

THAILAND'S NEW KING. This file photo taken on May 13, 2015 shows Thailand's Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn attending the annual royal ploughing ceremony at Sanam Luang in Bangkok. File photo by Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/ AFP

BBC under investigation for profile of new Thai king

Dec 07, 2016 - 6:48 PM

UPDATED The BBC is now under scrutiny for a Thai language profile it published out of its London offices of the nation s new monarch King Maha Vajiralongkorn who ascended to the throne last week

MAHA VAJIRALONGKORN. A woman holds an image of Thailand's new King Maha Vajiralongkorn outside the Grand Palace in Bangkok on December 2, 2016. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/ AFP

Generals dominate new Thai king's Privy Council

Dec 06, 2016 - 3:33 PM

UPDATED The move illustrates the close military royal alliance that has defined Thai politics for the last 5 decades

A woman holds an image of Thailand's new King Maha Vajiralongkorn outside the Grand Palace in Bangkok on December 2, 2016. Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Mass display of grief on late Thai king's birthday

Dec 05, 2016 - 2:07 PM

Stricken with ill health in the last decade of his life the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej missed his last two birthday appearances before his death aged 88 on October 13

MOURNING. Women hold pictures of the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej as people gather to commemorate his birthday on top of Bhumibol Bridge in Bangkok on December 5, 2016. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Thai protester arrested for sharing new king article on Facebook

Dec 03, 2016 - 6:29 PM

Thailand s monarchy is protected from any criticism inside the kingdom by a harsh lese majeste law which was widely used since the military seized power in 2014

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Vajiralongkorn becomes Thailand's new king

Dec 01, 2016 - 11:26 PM

3rd UPDATE I agree to accept the wishes of the late king for the benefit of the entire Thai people Maha Vajiralongkorn says after being invited to take the throne by the head of junta appointed parliament

THAILAND'S NEW KING. This file photo taken on May 13, 2015 shows Thailand's Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn attending the annual royal ploughing ceremony at Sanam Luang in Bangkok. File photo by Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/ AFP

New era for Thai monarchy as prince set to be proclaimed king

Dec 01, 2016 - 1:25 PM

Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn 64 will ascend the throne 50 days after King Bhumibol Adulyadej s death

NEXT KING. This file photo taken on January 21, 2008 shows Thai Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn reading statements during the opening session of the parliament at Parliament House in Bangkok. Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP

Thai cabinet paves way for prince's endorsement as king

Nov 29, 2016 - 11:49 AM

UPDATED According to procedure the assembly speaker then has to formally invite the Crown Prince to become monarch before proclaiming the new king to the public

This handout photograph from Parliament received and taken on August 7, 2014 shows Thai Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn attending the opening of the National Legislative Assembly in Bangkok. Thailand Parliament/AFP

Thai junta ramps up its royalism with mass loyalty ceremony

Nov 22, 2016 - 7:56 PM

We will remain in allegiance to all the kings of the Chakri dynasty until we die says Junta leader Prayut Chan O Cha

LOYALTY. Thai government officials gather to pay respects and pledge an oath of allegiance to the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej during a ceremony at the Government House in Bangkok on November 22, 2016. Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

Thailand's Crown Prince returns to kingdom – sources

Nov 11, 2016 - 5:40 PM

Although Vajiralongkorn is the named successor he surprised many and veered from tradition by asking to delay his proclamation as king in order to grieve with the nation according to the junta that currently runs the country

MAHA VAJIRALONGKORN. This file handout picture received from the Thai Royal Bureau and taken on October 23, 2016 shows Thailand's Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn taking part in a ceremony to pay respects to his late father King Bhumibol Adulyadej in the throne hall of the Grand Palace in Bangkok. Photo by Thai Royal Bureau / AFP

Black-clad Thais mourn king as nation holds Buddhist rites

Oct 14, 2016 - 10:40 AM

UPDATED Large crowds are expected to pour onto the streets as the remains of King Bhumibol Adulyadej will be brought to the Grand Palace

GRIEF. Women mourn the death of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej at Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok on October 14, 2016. Photo by Manan Vastyayana/AFP

Thai PM says crown prince seeks delay in proclaiming him king

Oct 13, 2016 - 11:21 PM

UPDATED I had a royal audience with the Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn and he asked for time to prepare before being proclaimed as the new king Prime Minister Prayut Chan O Cha tells reporters at Government House

MAHA VAJIRALONGKORN. This file handout photo received from Thailand's Royal Bureau taken on August 01, 2011 shows Thai Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn reading a statement during the opening ceremony of the new parliament at Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall in Bangkok. File photo from Royal Bureau/ AFP

Thailand's King Bhumibol, late father of a divided nation

Oct 13, 2016 - 9:36 PM

The late King Bhumibol rebuilds a near extinct monarchy into one of the wealthiest and most powerful on the planet – and one whose roots go deep into modern day Thailand

THAI KING BHUMIBOL. People react to the death of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej at Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok on October 13, 2016. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/ AFP

Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn to succeed Thai King – PM

Oct 13, 2016 - 8:37 PM

In the same address Prayut Chan O Cha says Thailand will hold a one year mourning period while all entertainment functions must be toned down for 30 days

This file photo taken on December 5, 1999 shows (L-R) Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn and Queen Sirikit appearing at a balcony of Anantasamakom Throne Hall in Bangkok to mark the King's birthday. File photo by Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/ AFP

Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej dies

Oct 13, 2016 - 7:58 PM

UPDATED Thailand s revered monarch King Bhumibol Adulyadej dies ending one of modern history s longest reigns ever

LONGEST-SERVING MONARCH. This file picture released by the Thai Royal Bureau taken on December 5, 2007 shows Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej waving to the crowds during his 80th birthday celebrations at the Grand Palace in Bangkok. Thai Royal Bureau/ Handout / AFP

Anxious prayers for ailing Thai king outside hospital

Oct 13, 2016 - 1:57 PM

Hundreds of well wishers kept up their vigil outside a Bangkok hospital offering prayers for ailing King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Well-wishers of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej hold pictures bearing his image at Siriraj Hospital, where the king is being treated, in Bangkok on October 13, 2016. Lilian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Thai junta chief to meet prince as king health fears grow

Oct 12, 2016 - 5:36 PM

UPDATED Fears over the health of King Bhumibol Adulyadej have grown this week after the palace announced October 9 that his condition was not stable with doctors recommending he suspend all royal duties

Women hold portraits of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej as they pray for his health at Siriraj Hospital, where the king is being treated, in Bangkok on October 12, 2016. Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Senior Thai palace official arrested for lese majeste

Jun 11, 2015 - 3:22 PM

Montri Sotangkul is the latest ally of the disgraced Princess Srirasmi to be arrested in a rare public airing of palace intrigue

ARRESTED. Thai national police chief Somyot Poompanmoung (R) sits next to Montri Sotangkul (C), 53, who was a member of the household staff of Princess Srirasmi, Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn's former wife, during his arrest at the police headquarters in Bangkok on June 11, 2015. Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Thai police seek royal official on lese majeste charges

Jun 10, 2015 - 4:30 PM

Montri Sotangkul is accused of defaming the monarchy by improperly using his royal connections to make financial gains police say

In this file photo, Thai Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn (L) talks to royal consort Princess Srirasmi (R) during the Royal Ploughing Ceremony at Sanam Luang near the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand, 13 May 2013. Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

Thai smuggling ring tied to prince?

Dec 23, 2014 - 6:59 PM

Suspects arrested in massive crackdown were actually delivering a river of money to Vajiralongkorn sources say

In this file photo, Thai Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn (L) talks to royal consort Princess Srirasmi (R) during the Royal Ploughing Ceremony at Sanam Luang near the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand, 13 May 2013. Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

Thailand's Crown Prince divorces wife

Dec 13, 2014 - 9:16 AM

UPDATED Princess Srirasmi has relinquished her royal status a move that ends her 13 year marriage to Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn

In this file photo, Thai Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn (L) talks to royal consort Princess Srirasmi (R) during the Royal Ploughing Ceremony at Sanam Luang near the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand, 13 May 2013. Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

Ailing Thai king cancels appearance for 87th birthday

Dec 05, 2014 - 12:19 PM

Most Thais have only known King Bhumibol on the throne and anxiety over the future once his 6 decade reign ends is seen as an aggravating factor in Thailand s bitter political divide

In this file photo, a well-wisher holds a large medal carrying a portrait of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej as people wait for him to drive by in a motorcade as he leaves the Siriraj hospital in Bangkok on September 15, 2014. Christophe Archambault/AFP