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Thailand's King Vajiralongkorn formally crowned as divine monarch

Updated : 2019-05-04 15:47:44

Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn was officially crowned Saturday amid the splendor of the country's Grand Palace, taking the central role in an elaborate centuries-old royal ceremony that was last held almost seven decades ago.

Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn, centre, sits on the throne as he is officially crowned king at the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand. Saturday began three days of elaborate centuries-old ceremonies for the formal coronation of Vajiralongkorn, who has been on the throne for more than two years following the death of his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died in October 2016 after seven decades on the throne. (Thai TV Pool via AP)
Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn, centre, sits on the throne as he is officially crowned king at the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand. Saturday began three days of elaborate centuries-old ceremonies for the formal coronation of Vajiralongkorn, who has been on the throne for more than two years following the death of his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died in October 2016 after seven decades on the throne. (Thai TV Pool via AP)
Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn sits on the throne as he is officially crowned king at the Grand Palace. (Thai TV Pool via AP)
Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn sits on the throne as he is officially crowned king at the Grand Palace. (Thai TV Pool via AP)
Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn, centre, sits on the throne as he is officially crowned king at the Grand Palace. (Thai TV Pool via AP)
Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn, centre, sits on the throne as he is officially crowned king at the Grand Palace. (Thai TV Pool via AP)
Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn, right, sits on the throne as he is officially crowned king at the Grand Palace. (Thai TV Pool via AP)
Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn, right, sits on the throne as he is officially crowned king at the Grand Palace. (Thai TV Pool via AP)
Thai people watch television broadcasting that Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn is officially crowned king at the Grand Palace. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
Thai people watch television broadcasting that Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn is officially crowned king at the Grand Palace. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
Thai people watch television as Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn is officially crowned king at the Grand Palace. (AP Photo/Rapeephat Sitchailapa)
Thai people watch television as Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn is officially crowned king at the Grand Palace. (AP Photo/Rapeephat Sitchailapa)
A Thai woman holds a banknote portrait of Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn outside Grand Palace in Bangkok.(AP photo/Sakchai Lalit)
A Thai woman holds a banknote portrait of Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn outside Grand Palace in Bangkok.(AP photo/Sakchai Lalit)
Thai royal guard walks into Grand Palace in Bangkok. (AP photo/Sakchai Lalit)
Thai royal guard walks into Grand Palace in Bangkok. (AP photo/Sakchai Lalit)
Thai officer stands outside Grand Palace in Bangkok.(AP photo/Sakchai Lalit)
Thai officer stands outside Grand Palace in Bangkok.(AP photo/Sakchai Lalit)
The royal guard patrol outside Grand Palace Bangkok, Thailand. (AP photo/Sakchai Lalit)
The royal guard patrol outside Grand Palace Bangkok, Thailand. (AP photo/Sakchai Lalit)
Thai royal guard walks into Grand Palace in Bangkok. (AP photo/Sakchai Lalit)
Thai royal guard walks into Grand Palace in Bangkok. (AP photo/Sakchai Lalit)
Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn, left, attends the royal purification ceremony at the Grand Palace. (Thai TV Pool via AP)
Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn, left, attends the royal purification ceremony at the Grand Palace. (Thai TV Pool via AP)
Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn, centre, attends the royal purification ceremony at the Grand Palace. (Thai TV Pool via AP)
Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn, centre, attends the royal purification ceremony at the Grand Palace. (Thai TV Pool via AP)
Royal Guards fire cannons in honour of Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
Royal Guards fire cannons in honour of Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn, right, attends the anointment ceremony at the Grand Palace. (Thai TV Pool via AP)
Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn, right, attends the anointment ceremony at the Grand Palace. (Thai TV Pool via AP)
Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn and Queen Suthida sitting inside a royal car drive past people. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn and Queen Suthida sitting inside a royal car drive past people. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
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