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Crowds gather for coronation procession of Thai king

Updated : 2019-05-05 12:46:30

Crowds of Thai people lined roads under Bangkok's blazing sun on Sunday for the royal procession of newly crowned King Maha Vajiralongkorn, hoping to get a glimpse of the constitutional monarch who is revered in Thai culture as a living deity.

People hold photos of Thailand's newly crowned King Maha Vajiralongkorn before a coronation procession, near the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand. (REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun)
People hold photos of Thailand's newly crowned King Maha Vajiralongkorn before a coronation procession, near the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand. (REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun)
Crowds of Thai people lined roads under Bangkok's blazing sun on Sunday for the royal procession of newly crowned King Maha Vajiralongkorn, hoping to get a glimpse of the constitutional monarch who is revered in Thai culture as a living deity. (REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar)
Crowds of Thai people lined roads under Bangkok's blazing sun on Sunday for the royal procession of newly crowned King Maha Vajiralongkorn, hoping to get a glimpse of the constitutional monarch who is revered in Thai culture as a living deity. (REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar)
A man stands next to a portrait of Thailand's newly crowned King Maha Vajiralongkorn while waiting for a coronation procession. (REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar)
A man stands next to a portrait of Thailand's newly crowned King Maha Vajiralongkorn while waiting for a coronation procession. (REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar)
People wait in line to pass through a security check before attending a coronation procession. (REUTERS/Chalinee Thirasupa)
People wait in line to pass through a security check before attending a coronation procession. (REUTERS/Chalinee Thirasupa)
Well-wishers all wearing yellow, the colour associated with the king, gathered along the 7 km (4 miles) route from the Grand Palace to three royal temples, where the monarch, who will be appearing in public for the first time since his elaborate crowning, will pay homage to each temple's main Buddha images. (REUTERS/Chalinee Thirasupa)
Well-wishers all wearing yellow, the colour associated with the king, gathered along the 7 km (4 miles) route from the Grand Palace to three royal temples, where the monarch, who will be appearing in public for the first time since his elaborate crowning, will pay homage to each temple's main Buddha images. (REUTERS/Chalinee Thirasupa)
The Thai government, which is spending 1 billion baht ($31.35 million) on the weekend's coronation ceremonies, has said crowds of at least 200,000 people were expected. (REUTERS/Jorge Silva)
The Thai government, which is spending 1 billion baht ($31.35 million) on the weekend's coronation ceremonies, has said crowds of at least 200,000 people were expected. (REUTERS/Jorge Silva)
The coronation comes amid the uncertainty of an unresolved election battle between the current military junta chief and a
The coronation comes amid the uncertainty of an unresolved election battle between the current military junta chief and a "democratic front" trying to push the army out of politics. (REUTERS/Jorge Silva)
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