Thai King praises ‘unity’ in speech on final coronation day

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.

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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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Pomp and tradition marks rehearsal for Thai King’s 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.