Crowds brave warmth for the first procession by new Thai king

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The Three-day Coronation, Which Began Saturday, Is The First Since Vajiralongkorn ' S Adored And Worshiped Father Was Crowned In 1950 And Most Thais Have Never Seen The Extensive Show Of Praal And Ritual.

The Full Of The Gloomy Ceremonies Of Saturday ' Wash The King's Anointing With Holy Water Before He Put The Crown Of 7.3 Kilograms Of Gold Layered Crown On His Head.

At The Beginning Of Sunday, The King Gave Royal Titles To Family Members Who Crawled On His Throne In A Striking Show Of Reverence For The Newlywed Prince, Sitting Next To His New Queen Suthida.

Thailand ' S Monarchy Is Swaddled In Ritual, Protocol And Hierarchy All Around A Orbit Near The King, Which Is Viewed As One.

Later On Sunday, Vajiralongkorn Will Be Carried From The Palace By Groups Of Soldiers In Round Golden Helmets Flanked By Others Who Wear Umbrellas, Beat Drums And Maintain Royal Standards During A Seven-kilometer Procession.

Thais Get The Opportunity To Pay Tribute To The King Who Will Also Stop At Several Large Temples To Pray For Large Gilded Buddha Statues.

On The Ground The Authorities Sprayed Spray Water On The Crowd, Whose Numbers Were Enhanced By Forsely Of" Jit Arsa" . - Of Spirit Volunteers - Intended To Project A Show Of Dedication And Allegiance To The Monarchy.

But The Rising Temperatures Threatened To Thin Out The Numbers.

I Did Not Win Today Because I Am Afraid That I Will Faint, A Woman In Her Mid-60s Said.

Vajiralongkorn Ascended The Throne In 2016 Following The Death Of His Father Bhumibol Adulyadej.

So Far, The Coronation Has Yielded Some Surprises, Such As The Inauguration Of Queen Suthida, Whose Unexpected Marriage To Vajiralongkorn Had Only Been Announced A Few Days Earlier.

The King And Queen Stayed The Night At The Royal Residence, Where A Siamese And A White Rooster Were Placed On A Pillow As Part Of Initiation Rituals Intended To Bring Good Tidings.

They Went To A Throne Room On Sunday Morning Where The King In White Uniform Gave The Royal Titles, Including 14-year-old Prince Dipangkorn Rasmijoti, Who Knelt Before His Father And Knelt Down When He Was Anointed With Water.

The Teen Is The King ' S Son From His Third Marriage. He Has Six Other Children, Including Four Sons Of Two Previous Women.

Criticism Or Thorough Discussion Of The Royal Family In Thailand Is Guarded By Strict Lese-Majeste Rules That Will Last Up To 15 Years In Prison.

All Media Must Censor Himself And The Vibrant Social Media Platforms Of The Country Are Suppressed.

But The Dazzling Display Of The Primacy Of The Monarchy In Thai Life Loogens A Dormant Political Crisis Left By Elections In March.

The Junta Who Took The Power And Vow To Defend The Monarchy In 2014, Is Trying To Gain Power Via The Ballot Box.

Her Proxy Party Has Claimed The Popular Vote. But A Coalition Of Anti-military Parties Says It Has Supported A Majority In The Lower House.

The Full Results Are Not Expected Until May 9, A Delay That Has Frustrated Many Thais Who Cast Votes Almost Two Months Earlier.

When The Event (Coronation) Is Complete, We Should Focus On Politics, Said Titipol Phakdeewanich, A Lecturer At Ubon Ratchathani University. The Election Committee Has Provided Insufficient Information About The Election Results.

Although The Royal Family Is Nominally Above Politics, The King Has Issued An Election Eve Calling For Thais To Vote For" Good People" . Against Those Who Create 'chaos'.

And In February, He Collapsed The First Ministerial Offer From His Elder Ubolratana With An Anti-junta Party.

Although She Was Present On The First Day On Which She Took Selfies And Embraced The King, Ubolratana Was Not Included In Two-day Ceremonies Where Royal Grades Were Donated. (AFP) SMJ SMJ

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