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Thailand: New Thai king greets crowd on final day of coronation

Thailand, Bangkok
May 06, 2019 at 16:02 GMT +00:00 · Published

Thousands of people gathered near the Grand Palace in Bangkok on Monday to cheer for Thailand's newly crowned King Maha Vajiralongkorn during his first public speech as king.

The king appeared first with Queen Suthida at a balcony of the Grand Palace, to be later joined by his three children from previous marriages: Prince Dipangkorn Rasmijoti and Princesses Bajrakitiyabha and Sirivannavari Nariratana.

Wearing yellow and waving flags, the crowd rushed to find a good position in order to see the new king. "We are proud Thai people, and we are proud with our traditional and crowning nation and everything here, we are proud of it," said Bangkok resident Sumitra.

The coronation ceremony started on Saturday and was the first such event in 69 years since King Vajiralongkorn's father Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died in October 2016, became Thailand's monarch in 1950.

King Vajiralongkorn, also known as King Rama X, is the tenth monarch of the Chakri dynasty, which has been reigning since 1782.

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Thousands of people gathered near the Grand Palace in Bangkok on Monday to cheer for Thailand's newly crowned King Maha Vajiralongkorn during his first public speech as king.

The king appeared first with Queen Suthida at a balcony of the Grand Palace, to be later joined by his three children from previous marriages: Prince Dipangkorn Rasmijoti and Princesses Bajrakitiyabha and Sirivannavari Nariratana.

Wearing yellow and waving flags, the crowd rushed to find a good position in order to see the new king. "We are proud Thai people, and we are proud with our traditional and crowning nation and everything here, we are proud of it," said Bangkok resident Sumitra.

The coronation ceremony started on Saturday and was the first such event in 69 years since King Vajiralongkorn's father Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died in October 2016, became Thailand's monarch in 1950.

King Vajiralongkorn, also known as King Rama X, is the tenth monarch of the Chakri dynasty, which has been reigning since 1782.

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