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The coronation of King Maha Vajiralongkorn took place on 4 May 2019 at the Grand Palace, Bangkok, Thailand. Vajiralongkorn ascended the throne at the age of 64 upon the death of his father, Bhumibol Adulyadej, on 13 October 2016, accepting the accession invitation by Prem Tinsulanonda, president of the Privy Council, on 1 December 2016. Shawn W. Crispin, How stable is post-cremation Thailand?, Asia Times (December 6, 2017). The coronation was held within just two years after his accession to the throne in 2016 because of an appropriate length of time to pass after the death and funeral of Bhumibol Adulyadej and the arrangement of the ceremony after the last such rite having being held in 1950.
The ceremonies of coronation, the first ever to be aired on television, were aired in both Thai and English by the Television Pool of Thailand.

Coronation arrangement

6 April

The collection of water for use the ceremony took place on 6 April 2019, Chakri Day, in all 76 provinces and Bangkok. This event formally marked the official commencement of the preparatory activities to be held before the coronation day.

List of sacred water sources

{ (from the Tiruvacakam), the Chief Brahmin presented him with the Royal Golden Plaque and other official royal regalia, during which the Royal Anthem was officially played, a fanfare sounded and a 101-gun salute from the Ceremonial Gun Battery, 1st Battalion, 1st Field Artillery Regiment, King's Guard of the Royal Thai Army fired at both the Grand Palace and the Sanam Luang Royal Plaza as similar salutes were fired in the provinces in saluting stations manned by personnel of the Royal Thai Armed Forces, while bells were rung in Buddhist temples nationwide. Distinctive blowing of conch shells were heard as the King crowned himself with the 7.3 kg Great Crown of Victory at 12:10 (UTC+7:00). After the Crowning and Investiture Ceremony, in response to the Chief Brahmin formally informing him of new royal title and the benediction that preceded it, the king presented the First Royal Command to the Court Brahmins and the Chief Brahmin of the Royal Family, in the following manner:
{{quotestyle=text-align:justifyThe King: From today, I shall continue, preserve, and build upon the royal legacy and shall reign with righteousness for the benefit and happiness of the people forever.
The Chief Brahmin: Your Majesty, I do receive this the first command of yours, and will fulfill it to the best that I can do. sign=source=
Following the exchange, he then poured water into a bowl as an offering to Phra Mae Thorani the goddess of earth in an ancient Hindu rite of ratification and confirmation for a good deed.
This was followed by the consecration and installation of Queen Suthida as Queen of Thailand, wherein following the proclamation of her installation he awarded her with the insignias of the Order of the Royal House of Chakri and the Order of the Nine Gems, while fanfare and music is played and a Buddhist benediction said. Following this the King scattered gold and silver flowers and coins among the Court Brahmin and members of the royal family as alms.
Minutes after the Victory Candle was extinguished at the Amarin Winitchai Throne Hall amidst the chanting of the monks in the presence of Their Majesties.
At 13:19 (UTC+07:00), the ceremony of Assumption of the Royal Residence then followed at the Chakraphat Phimarn Royal Residence.
At 14:00 (UTC+07:00), The king held an audience with members of the Royal Family, the Privy Council, government officials, members of the diplomatic corps and representatives of public and private enterprises at the Phuttan Kanchanasinghat Throne inside the Amarin Winitchai Throne Hall, where he gave his first address to the nation as crowned sovereign of the people and nation of Thailand. The loyal address on behalf of members of the Royal Family was made by Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, the Princess Royal, followed by the loyal address on behalf of the government, civil service, armed forces and police which will be taken by the Prime Minister of Thailand, Gen (ret) Prayut Chan-o-cha, RTA, and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Judge Cheep Chulamon, and the loyal address on behalf of the people which was made by the President of the National Legislative Assembly of Thailand, Pornpetch Wichitcholchai. During the first playing of the Royal Anthem, another 21-gun salute was fired in Bangkok.
At 16:00 (UTC+07:00), the king proceeded to Wat Phra Kaew to proclaim himself the Royal Patron of Buddhism and be granted a final coronation blessing, following which, he ended the day with a sunset visit to the Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall to pay tribute to his royal ancestors. A short memorial service was held, wherein the new king offered orange robes to the presiding group of monks in gratitude for their presence.

Full order of government officials and royal representatives who gave consecrated holy water to the King at the Octagonal Throne

  • His Serene Highness Prince Pusan Svastivatana
  • His Serene Highness Prince Mongkolchalerm Yugala
  • His Serene Highness Prince Chalermsuk Yugala
  • Gen (ret) Prem Tinsulanonda, RTA, President of the Privy Council
  • Gen (ret) Prayut Chan-o-cha, RTA, Prime Minister of Thailand
  • Pornpetch Wichitcholchai, President of the National Legislative Assembly of Thailand
  • Gen (ret) Anupong Paochinda, RTP, Minister of the Interior
  • Judge Cheep Chulamon, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Thailand

5 May

, east side of Sanam Luang.
File:Royal_Land_Procession_of_King_Maha_Vajiralongkorn's_Coronation_Ceremony_at_Democracy_Monument,_Bangkok,_2019-05-05_(61).jpgright300pxthumbThe Royal Land Procession for the coronation of Vajiralongkorn in night time, Ratchadamnoen Klang Avenue, near Democracy Monument.
At 9:00 (UTC+07:00), the ceremony to bestow the king's Royal Cypher and Royal Title and to grant the royal ranks to members of the Royal Family and Privy Council took place at the Amarin Winitchai Throne Hall followed by a lunch service by Buddhist monks.
At 16:30 (UTC+07:00), the King rode in the Royal Palanquin in procession in the centre of the city. At each temple along the route, the king paid respects to the ashes of predecessor monarchs enshrined in these temples.

Full order of the Royal Land Procession through the streets of Bangkok

  • Two cavalry troopers from the Royal Thai Police
  • 1st Massed military bands of the 1st Division, King's Guard, First Army, RTA
    • Band of the 1st Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, King's Own Close Bodyguard
    • Band of the 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, King's Own Close Bodyguard
    • Regimental Band of the Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy
  • Parade commander and staff
  • 1st Guards Regiment
    • 1st Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, King's Own Close Bodyguard
  • Royal Standard Bearers (carrying the War Flags of Garuda and Hanuman)
  • Prakhom band from the Bureau of the Royal Household and Court Brahmins from Devasathan Temple
  • Clapper
  • Gen (Rtd) Prayut Chan-o-cha, RTA, the Prime Minister of Thailand, and Gen Thanchaiyan Srisuwan, RTA, the Chief of Defence Forces, service commanders of the RTAF and the Chief of the General Staff
  • 1st company of Royal umbrella bearers and the bearers of the Victory Flags of the Trimurti (Hindu Trinity'')
  • The Grand Royal Coronation Palanquin carrying the King, carried by 16 servicemen of the Royal Thai Army and escorted by 16 spearmen, the holders of the Weapons of Sovereignty and 48 Royal Guards
    • Delegation of the Royal Family escorting the King
      • General Queen Suthida
      • Major General Princess Bajrakitiyabha
  • 2nd company of Royal umbrella bearers
  • Bearers of the remainder of the Royal Regalia
  • 2nd Massed military bands of the 1st Division, King's Guard, First Army, RTA
  • 2nd Guards Regiment
    • 1st Battalion, 11th Infantry Regiment, King's Own Bodyguard

6 May

350pxthumbSpeech of King Vajiralongkorn in his public audience at Suthaisawan Prasat Pavilion Hall, 6 May 2019.
At 16:30 (UTC+07:00), the King granted a public audience on the main balcony of Suthaisawan Prasat Pavilion Hall in the Grand Palace to receive his well wishes from the people and address the nation on the prospects of his reign as sovereign of the country and people. As was during the Saturday audience, Gen (Ret) Prayut Chan-o-cha, RTA, the Prime Minister of Thailand, gave the day's loyal address in the name of the assembled crowds, members of the state government and the armed forces and police.
At 17:30 the king granted an audience at the Chakri Maha Prasat Throne Hall to members of the international diplomatic corps.
At 19:01 a special drone-flying exhibition in honor of the coronation, the final event of the day, was held at the Sanam Luang Royal Plaza with 300 drones taking part.

After coronation

7 May

A special elephant parade in honor of the recent coronation was held within the streets surrounding the Grand Palace organized by the Ayutthaya Elephant Palace and Royal Kraal Foundation, evoking memories of the Ayutthaya and Thonburi periods wherein the royal family and nobility rode elephants in the dirt roads of the old city. 11 elephants accompanied by their handlers marched on across Sanam Chai Road from the Territorial Defence Command Building to Wat Phra Kaew and vice versa.

9 May

On this day, the king presides in his first national ceremony following his coronation as he leads the annual Royal Ploughing Ceremony at Sanam Luang Square, officially starting the traditional rice growing season in Thailand. The rice sown in this rite is sourced from the Chitralada Royal Villa grounds, where his late father lived.

24 May

The king's first ever State Opening of the National Assembly as the newly crowned sovereign of the state will take place in Bangkok. It will be the first time the State Opening will be held there as the traditional venue, the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall, is closed to the public.

28 July

In this first ever observance of his birthday as the crowned sovereign, the king will host a birthday banquet in the Grand Palace in his honor, one of many events to be staged in celebration of his birthday.

12 December

The Royal Barge Procession, originally scheduled for October 2019, was rescheduled to 12 December 2019.

18 January 2020

A joint oath-taking ceremony by the Royal Thai Armed Forces and Royal Thai Police held to mark the Coronation and to coincide with the Royal Thai Armed Forces Day 2020 at Cavalry Centre of Adisorn Military Camp in Saraburi Province. This was the first time that King Maha Vajiralongkorn attends a military parade in his capacity as the Head of the Armed Forces and since his ascension to the Throne. General Gen. Pornpipat Benyasri, Chief of the Defense Force, led 6,812 military and police personnels in declaring faithful allegiance to the King.

See also

  • Coronation of the Thai monarch
  • Coronation of King Bhumibol Adulyadej

External links

  • The Coronation of King Rama X

  • Category:2019 in international relations
    Category:2019 in Thailand
    Category:May 2019 events in Asia

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