The path to coronation for Thailand’s king
Three days of elaborate, centuries-old rituals beginning Saturday will formally endow Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn with regal legitimacy.
The 66-year-old Vajiralongkorn faces a challenge in the long-standing comparisons to his hardworking, deeply respected father. He spends stretches of time abroad, so building his standing among Thais will take time.
He participated in two-high profile events in 2015, leading thousands of Thais in mass bicycling events to mark his parents’ birthdays.
He this week confirmed his fourth marriage, to a general in the palace security force now with the title Queen Suthida.