Thai astrologers predict an “abundant” harvest season after a pair of sacred white oxen munched on grass and rice, and slurped water, in an annual ritual watched over by newly crowned King Maha Vajiralongkorn.
Thailand’s newly-crowned King Maha Vajiralongkorn praises the show of “unity” at his first public address on the final day of an elaborate coronation on Monday.
Thailand’s newly-crowned King Maha Vajiralongkorn praises a show of “unity” at his first public address on the final day of an elaborate coronation, speaking to a sea of supporters and witnessed by the head of the junta that has led the divided country since a coup in 2014.
Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn is crowned with a golden-tiered headpiece, the highlight of an elaborate three-day coronation ceremony two years after he ascended the throne. IMAGES
Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn anoints himself with sacred water drawn from across the country during his coronation in Bangkok . IMAGES
Three days of elaborate centuries-old ceremonies begin Saturday for the formal coronation of Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn. (May 3)
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Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s long-time consort becomes his fourth wife, bestowed with the title Queen Suthida – a surprise move just days before his coronation.
Military men in colourful hats carry a gilded palanquin through Bangkok’s old quarter in a dress rehearsal for the royal procession of Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s coronation — a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle marked by pomp and ancient tradition. The royal coronation of the 66-year-old monarch will run from May 4-6 and is considered the most important event of the year in Thailand.
Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn collects his father’s remains to be enshrined as royal relics, after the secretive cremation of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej capped an extravagant funeral that brought the nation to a standstill. IMAGES
Hundreds of Thai schoolchildren and naval officers send 1,066 turtles scuttling into the sea on Wednesday in an ceremony aimed at bringing good fortune to the new King Maha Vajiralongkorn, who turns 65 on Friday.