It’s official now: Thailand has a new King after Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn on Thursday night completed his ascension to the throne by accepting a ceremonial invitation to become the country’s new monarch from the National Legislative Assembly (NLA).
The new King, 64, succeeds his father King Bhumibol Adulyadej, or Rama IX, who died seven weeks ago at the age of 88. He is now the 10th king of the 234-year-old Chakri dynasty, or Rama X, and will be known officially as His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun.
The announcement was made after NLA president Pornpetch Wichitcholchai was granted an audience with the Crown Prince at 7.16 p.m. on Thursday night. The audience was also attended by junta chief and Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and the 96-year-old Regent Prem Tinsulanonda.
“I accept the invitation to fulfill the wish of His Majesty the Late King and for the benefit of all Thai people,” the new King said during the audience.
The date of the coronation has not been set yet but is expected to be late next year after the cremation of King Bhumibol.