The coronation date has been announced in Thailand for the new Thai monarch, King Maha Vajiralongkorn, who assumed the throne in October 2016 with the passing of his revered father King Bhumibol. The King appeared on Thai television this New Years Eve and gave an uplifting address to the nation for the coming year. The coronation will take place with a series of important ceremonies from May 4th to the 6th.
Thailand’s monarch, King Maha Vajiralongkorn made a heartwarming address to the Thai nation on New Year’s Eve following which, the royal household announced that the coronation of the Thai King will take place over a three day period, in May. A number of events are scheduled, including a royal parade in Bangkok in which the King will take part.
Thailand’s Royal Household Bureau has announced that the coronation of the Thai monarch, the tenth of the Chakri dynasty, will take place in May, this year, from the 4th until the 6th of the month. The announcement, in a televised special presentation, was made on Tuesday. The current Thai King, Maha Vajiralongkorn, became the monarch following the passing of his father King Bhumibol, who ruled for seven decades, until the 16th October 2016.
Thai King to take part in a royal parade in Bangkok
The announcement outlined a number of events to take place in the three day period. ‘It’s a suitable time to hold the coronation in accordance with the traditions and for a national celebration and joy of the people,’ the statement read. The events will commence with the coronation on May the 4th. An audience will be granted to members of the Thai Royal family, privy councillors, members of the cabinet and other senior officials of the government. On the following day, a ceremony will take place to ‘bestow the royal name’ in accordance with traditions associated with the monarchy. There will also be a royal parade in Bangkok, in which the King will take part. On May 6th, the King will hold a ‘grand audience’ with members of the public and the diplomatic corps which is reported to be held at the Chakri Maha Prasat Throne Hall. The King is also expected to make a public appearance on the balcony of the Grand Palace’s Phutthaisawan Prasat Throne Hall.
King Maha Vajiralongkorn is the 10th monarch of the Chakri dynasty to ascend the throne
It is also being reported that a royal barge ceremony will take place at the Royal Krathin ceremony, a Buddhist tradition that will take place at the end of the year. King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s accession to the Thai throne was formally acknowledged by the President of the Thai National Legislative Assembly on November 2016. He is the 10th King of the Chakri dynasty to reign since the founder of the dynasty assumed the throne in 1782, 237 years ago.
Thai Monarch makes a heartwarming address to the nation emphasising love, care and wisdom
The King appeared on Thailand’s TV stations on Monday evening to wish all Thai people a happy New Year. He expressed his best wishes for the Thai people in 2019. Seated at an elegant desk, with portraits of his mother Queen Sirikit and his father King Bhumibol behind him, the King addressed the nation. He emphasised his wish for the Thai people to experience happiness, health, success, prosperity and wisdom in the coming year. He underlined the importance of love, care, wisdom, forbearance and sufficiency. He explained that these forces had the power, not only to bring happiness for the individual, but also for members of each person’s family and by extension, society. The King emphasised the challenges facing the Thai nation and the need to overcome obstacles, that will lead the country both to prosperity and security.
In concluding his address, the King mentioned the powers of the late King Bhumibol, his father as well as the sacred forces that work to protect the Thai people, giving them increased national morale and strength. The TV address followed the earlier release of a Royal New Years greeting card, wishing Thai people full life, health, happiness and wisdom. The card opened with the greetings: ‘With love and pure heart.’