Thailand gets a new king

Thai well-wishers holding up portraits of Thai Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn on the front page of newspapers as they gathered outside the Grand Palace in Bangkok yesterday. The 64-year-old Crown Prince became Thailand's new king yesterday after in
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Thai well-wishers holding up portraits of Thai Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn on the front page of newspapers as they gathered outside the Grand Palace in Bangkok yesterday.

The 64-year-old Crown Prince became Thailand's new king yesterday after initially postponing his ascension to the throne for 50 days to mourn the death of his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, in a break with tradition.

He will be the 10th king of the Chakri Dynasty in Thailand.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 02, 2016, with the headline 'Thailand gets a new king'. Print Edition | Subscribe