King Maha Vajiralongkorn Has Been Crowned In Thailand

King Maha Vajiralongkorn has been crowned in Thailand as the new king on the first day of coronation rites. Bhumibol Adulyadej died in 2016 who is the long reigning king and the the father of Maha Vajiralongkorn.
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In 2016, King Maha Vajiralongkorn inherited the throne from his late father. Days ago in a surprise announcement the palace said the king had married his long-term partner and royal consort who would now be Queen Suthida.

Thailand has a constitutional monarchy, but the royal family is highly revered by Thais and wields considerable power.Thailand also has strict laws, called lese majeste, which ban criticism of the monarchy. The laws have shielded the royal family from public view and scrutiny.

During Saturday's ceremony the 66-year-old monarch - known as Rama X, or the 10th king of the Chakri dynasty - was handed the 7.3kg (16lbs) Great Crown of Victory, which he placed on his head.

The coronation comes at a time of political uncertainty. A general election was held on 24 March, the first since the army took control in a coup in 2014, but a new government has yet to be declared. Many Thais are excited to witness history, and will be keenly watching the first coronation in almost 70 years.