Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn, the only son of late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej who passed away on Octoner 13, was proclaimed the new monarch of Thailand during a special session of the country’s National Legislative Assembly (NLA) on Tuesday.
Ending nearly two months of royal interregnum, Thailand’s interim parliament formally launched the process of naming the Crown Prince the 10th king of the Chakri dynasty, or Rama X, by approving the sending of a formal invitation, which the Crown Prince has to accept before ascending to the throne.
The 64-year-old Crown Prince had surprised many observers when he declined to take the throne immediately after his father’s death, saying he needed time to grieve with the rest of the Thai people.
The announcement was made, per the constitution, at about 11:20 a.m. on Tuesday by NLA chairman Pornpetch Wichitcholchai who told fellow lawmakers that the Crown Prince will take the throne.
“My dear fellow members,” Pornpetch said in a speech, “upon this most auspicious occasion, I would like to ask all members to stand up and offer praise to the new king.”
The assembly members then stood up and shouted in unison, “Long live the king!”
Only one more formality is left to complete the royal succession: NLA chairman Pornpetch will have to meet the new king in person and formally “invite” him to take throne.
The Crown Prince is expected to accept the ceremonial invitation in an audience that will reportedly be given “in the next couple of days.” The formal coronation will then take place after his father’s cremation presumably some time late next year.