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

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Bangkok—Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn will be proclaimed the new king of Thailand later Thursday, his office said, opening a new chapter for the powerful monarchy in a country still mourning the death of his father. Vajiralongkorn, 64, who inherits one of the world’s richest monarchies as well as a politically troubled nation, will ascend the throne 50 days after King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s death.
In complex protocols, the prince will on Thursday evening grant an audience to grandees including the Thai junta leader and the head of the National Legislative Assembly, who will invite Vajiralongkorn to become king. “The Crown Prince will deliver an acceptance speech… after that he will pay respects in front of a portrait of the king,” the statement added.—AFP