Elephants kneel in ritual tribute to Thailand’s new king

World 05/07/19, 03:38

Eleven white-painted elephants, their tusks garlanded, gathered with their handlers before Bangkok's Grand Palace on Tuesday to pay respects to Thailand's newly crowned king.Hundreds of mahouts, or handlers, dressed in royal yellow sang the royal anthem and kneeled with their elephants before a portrait of King Maha Vajiralongkorn. The ceremony ...

Newly crowned Thai king hopes for unity, prosperity

World 05/06/19, 07:58

Thailand's newly crowned King Maha Vajiralongkorn told thousands of cheering people gathered outside Bangkok's Grand Palace on Monday that he was grateful for their good wishes and believed they were a sign everyone would work together for the country's prosperity.Vajiralongkorn became king after the 2016 death of his father, King ...

Newly crowned Thai king begins 2nd day of coronation events

World 05/05/19, 00:35

Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn has launched the second day of coronation activities with a ceremony to grant new titles to members of the royal family.Vajiralongkorn on Saturday took part in an elaborate set of rituals, a mix of Buddhist and Hindu Brahmanic traditions, which established his status as a full-fledged ...

Update: Thai king is officially crowned Rama X

World 05/04/19, 00:27

The Latest on the coronation of Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn (all times local):12:25 p.m.Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn has been crowned in a coronation ceremony taking place more than two years after he assumed the throne.In this image made from the video, Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn sits on the throne as ...

Coronation this weekend will boost Thai king’s regal power

World 05/03/19, 19:50

After a more than a decade of political strife, including a military coup and a contentious election less than two months ago, the people of Thailand are witnessing this weekend the coronation of King Maha Vajiralongkorn in a centuries-old royal tradition that last happened seven decades ago.The coronation represents a ...

Photos: The path to coronation for Thailand’s king

World 05/03/19, 02:19

Three days of elaborate, centuries-old rituals beginning Saturday will formally endow Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn with regal legitimacy. He succeeded to the throne after the death of his revered father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, in October 2016. The 66-year-old Vajiralongkorn faces a challenge in the long-standing comparisons to his hardworking, deeply respected father. ...

As coronation begins, Thai king’s future role still unclear

World 05/02/19, 23:29

Three days of elaborate centuries-old ceremonies begin Saturday for the formal coronation of Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn, who has been on the throne for more than two years.What Vajiralongkorn — also known as King Rama X, the 10th king of the Chakri dynasty — will do with the power and ...

Was There: 1950 Coronation of Thailand’s King Bhumibol

World 05/02/19, 23:24

Seven decades ago, Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, then 22, was crowned in ceremonies replete with ancient rituals that will be seen again when his son King Maha Vajiralongkorn ascends the throne on Saturday as King Rama X.AP correspondent Milton Marmor and photographer Charles P. Gorry were in Bangkok to report ...

Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

World 05/02/19, 21:51

Emperor Naruhito succeeded to the Chrysanthemum Throne after his father Akihito abdicated in a series of rituals and ceremonies in Japan.In other images from the Asia-Pacific region this week, workers marked May Day with rallies in cities and by demanding better working conditions.Thailand is preparing for the coronation of King ...

Thailand’s king appoints his consort as queen

World 05/01/19, 10:21

Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn, who will have his official coronation on Saturday, has appointed his consort as the country's queen.An announcement Wednesday in the Royal Gazette said Suthida Vajiralongkorn Na Ayudhya is legally married to the 66-year-old king, and is now Queen Suthida.Although she has been in the public eye ...

Thai king strips fugitive ex-PM Thaksin of royal decorations

World 03/30/19, 19:34

Thailand's king has stripped fugitive former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra of his royal decorations, citing his 2008 flight to escape serving a two-year prison term on a conflict of interest conviction and other legal cases against him.Thai media reported that the royal command from King Maha Vajiralongkorn was published Saturday ...

Thai court disbands political party for nominating princess

World 03/07/19, 09:43

A court in Thailand on Thursday ordered the dissolution of a major political party ahead of this month's general election because it nominated a member of the royal family to be its candidate for prime minister.The Constitutional Court also banned members of the Thai Raksa Chart Party's executive board from ...

Thai party fighting for survival after gaffe with princess

World 02/13/19, 02:09

The Thai political party that took the unprecedented and ultimately unsuccessful step of nominating a member of the royal family as its candidate for prime minister was fighting for its political life Wednesday, while the princess herself appeared to criticize the fallout.The country's Election Commission said Wednesday that it recommended ...

Thai polls regulator heeds king, blocks princess’ candidacy

World 02/11/19, 11:53

Thailand's Election Commission has disqualified the sister of the country's king from becoming a candidate for prime minister in the March general election.The commission's decision came after her brother issued an order describing Princess Ubolratana Mahidol's political plans as inappropriate and unconstitutional.The Thai Raksa Chart Party last Friday registered Princess ...

Thailand puzzles over political surprises from royals

World 02/09/19, 02:34

The Thai political party whose stunning decision to nominate the king's sister as its candidate for prime minister backfired when the monarch forbade her to do so has sworn loyalty to the king and thanked his sister for her effort.Thailand woke up Saturday with a political hangover, pondering why Princess ...

Update: Thai king vetoes sister’s election candidacy

World 02/08/19, 12:18

The Latest on Thai princess's decision to run for prime minister (all times local):11 p.m.Thailand's king has issued an order stating that no member of the royal family should be involved in politics, quashing a bid by his older sister to run for prime minister in next month's elections.An order ...

Life of Thai princess entering politics wasn’t always smooth

World 02/08/19, 08:00

Princess Ubolratana Mahidol, the first child of Thailand's beloved late king, has always been a bit of a rebel, and on Friday she shook Thai society by becoming the first member of the royal family to enter party politics.It wasn't the first unexpected turn in a somewhat turbulent life. Ubolratana, ...

Coronation of Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn set for May 4

World 01/01/19, 02:25

Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn will have his official coronation on May 4.Vajiralongkorn in 2016 succeeded his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died at age 88 after reigning for seven decades.The palace announcement Tuesday said the coronation ceremonies for 66-year-old Vajiralongkorn will be held on May 4-6, with the monarch making ...

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