Thai king coronation: Thousands line streets to witness Thailand monarch’s glitzy parade

07-May-2019 Intellasia | Express | 6:00 AM Print This Post

THAILAND is celebrating its newly crowned king as thousands of excited wellwishers gathered along the streets of Bangkok to witness the monarch’s lavish coronation.

Royal well-wishers lined up along the procession route outside the Grand Palace in hopes to catch a glimpse of King Maha Vajiralongkorn, 66, in the second day of celebrations since he was crowned Thailand’s new king. King Maha gave a stern look to spectators as he sat on a palanquin carried by 16 Royal Guards along a 7km route. The king dressed in a lavish gold embroidered suit and a black hat to protect himself from Thailand’s scorching sun, as he was escorted by dozens of guards and senior officialsincluding Thailand’s prime Minster Prayut Chan-o-cha.

Also joining him in the parade was his wife, Queen Suthida, and one of his daughters, Princess Bajrakitiyabha.

Despite the blazing sun, Thai citizens were mesmerised to witness the king’s coronation in a three-day long celebration across the South East Asian country.

Samran Moryaidee, a 77-year-old man, told Reuters: “I want to see the coronation for once in a lifetime because the last one when it happened I was still very young.

Spectators were heard shouting “long live the King”, as thousands cheered and waved flags to honour the new monarch.

Sujitra Bokularb, a 43-year-old businesswoman left her home at 4am to get a place on the parade route.

She said: “I love and respect the monarchy.

“We have been shown the importance of this institution since we were young and how much the previous king had done for us. I think the new king will continue his legacy.”

Donnapha Kadbupha, 34, who arrived eight hours early to secure her spot along the procession route said: “I feel like I have to be here to show the world just how much we worship the king.”

King Maha, 66, became monarch after the death of his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, in October 2016.

The 7km procession route begin outside the Grand Palace and past three royal temples for the king to pay respect to each of the temple’s Buddha images.

Slightly more than five hours after the journey, the king reached the last of the three Buddhist templesthe Temple of the Reclining Buddhawhere he stopped to pay respects to the relics of his royal ancestors.

The Thai government spent almost GBP 23.84 million (1 billion baht) in the weekend’s celebrations, with at least 200,000 locals turning up for celebrations.

The three-day coronation begin on Saturday and will end on Monday.


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