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Sixty-four-year-old Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn today became the king of Thailand, 50 days after the death of his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
He accepted an invitation from the Thai parliament to succeed his brother, and was crowned at Bangkok's Dusit Palace.
After weeks of complex palace protocols the prince was invited by the head of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) to ascend the throne in an event broadcast on all Thai television channels.
'I agree to accept the wishes of the late king... for the benefit of the entire Thai people,' said Vajiralongkorn, wearing an official white tunic decorated with medals and a pink sash.
The sombre, ritual-heavy ceremony at his Bangkok palace was attended by the chief of the NLA, junta leader Prayut Chan-O-Cha, and the powerful 96-year-old head of the privy council, Prem Tinsulanonda.
Red-jacketed courtiers looked on as a palace staff member shuffling on his knees presented the new king with a microphone through which he delivered his few words of acceptance.
He becomes Rama X of Thailand's Chakri dynasty, but will not formally be crowned until after his father's cremation, which is expected next year.
2016.12.02 / 12:48