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Thai King Rama X declares bodyguard his new queen, days before coronation

Thai King Rama X declares bodyguard his new queen, days before coronation

On the eve of the coronation, the king also granted royal pardons to approximately 50,000 inmates across the country including prominent student activist Jatupat Boonpattararaksa who was accused of defaming the king by sharing a controversial BBC article, according to local news website Khaosod English.

He has spent much of his time overseas and has rarely addressed his subjects.

On Sunday morning, the king granted new ranks and titles to members of the royal family.

They came - some alone, others with their family - dressed in the brightest hue of yellow possible that matched the fluttering flags and freshly painted kerbs.

"I would like to see them loosen up a bit more so we can get to know them", 22-year-old student Jin said near the Grand Palace, declining to give her full name.

"I attach great importance to the development of China-Thailand relations and stand ready to make joint efforts with you to carry forward the traditional China-Thailand friendship, deepen cooperation in building the Belt and Road jointly, and push forward the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership between the two countries to make bigger headway", Xi said.

On May 6, the last day of the ceremonies, the King will have an audience with the public in the Grand Palace to receive wishes from the people and with members of the diplomatic corps.

The ceremony for kingship was held in the Grand Palace.

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After today's address, the king's fashion designer daughter Princess Sirivannavari was seen capturing the moment on a smartphone and waving to the crowd.

Then on Sunday she released a mobile phone photo of her brother wearing the 7.3-kilogram tiered golden crown, hashtagging it #coronationday and #onceinalifetime.

His official coronation comes amid the uncertainty of an unresolved election battle between the government's chief and a "democratic front" trying to push the army out of politics. But the palace has so far declined requests for more information.

But observers say the effect could serve to open a channel of communication with the public.

Although Thailand has had a constitutional monarchy since 1932, kings are regarded as nearly divine and have been seen as a unifying presence in a country that has experienced regular bouts of political instability. At Wat Bang Lampu, Wat BovornNiwes, Wat RatchabophitSathitMahaSimaram, Wat PhraChetuphonWimonMangkhalaramthe temples he visited earlier, he also paid homage to the relics of his royal ancestors and the late supreme patriarchs.

Duangkamol Siriwiwattanakul said she traveled from the northeastern province of Sakon Nakhon, 542 kilometer (337 miles) northeast of Bangkok, to watch the royal events on a video screen set up outside the palace.

Supithsa Moadsakool, 40, arrived with three friends at the palace before noon, nearly five hours before the new king was due to appear, to ensure that they had a space in the plaza right in front of the balcony.


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