Following the death of 88 year-old King Bhumibol Adulyadej on 13 October 2016, Thailand has proceeded with preparations for Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn (son of King Adulyadej) to take up the throne one month from now, 1 December, this according to two reliable senior military sources (via Reuters).
One of the sources revealed: “We are making preparations. Everything is being prepared for 1 December. But this timeframe also depends on His Royal Highness.”
Since the king’s passing, the country (with a population of 67 million people) has gone into a year of mourning.
Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha added that the prince’s formal ascension could take place anytime between seven to 15 days of the king’s death, or even later. The formal coronation ceremony however, will only take place place once the king has been cremated after the year-long mourning process has been completed.
A senior military source told Reuters that Prince Vajiralongkorn left for Germany over the weekend but will return in November ahead of his ascension ceremony.
According to Reuters, Prayuth says that the prince has requested to move the formalities out so that he can grieve with the Thai people.
More about King Bhumibol Adulyadej:
The late King Bhumibol Adulyadej was born on 5 December 1927 at Cambridge Hospital (now Mount Auburn Hospital) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States. King Bhumibol was the youngest son born to Prince Mahidol Adulyadej (Prince of Songkla) and his wife Mom Sangwan (later Princess Srinagarindra, the Princess Mother). King Bhumibol moved to Thailand with his family in 1928 when his father obtained a certificate from Harvard. He was crowned King of Thailand on 5 May 1950 in the Baisal Daksin Throne Hall in the Grand Palace in Bangkok.
More about Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn:
Maha Vajiralongkorn was born on born 28 July 1952 in the Ambara Villa of the Dusit Palace in Bangkok. Vajiralongkorn currently holds the ranks of General in the Royal Thai Army, Admiral in the Royal Thai Navy and Air Chief Marshal in the Royal Thai Air Force and in addition, is the pilot of an RTAF F-16, and two Boeing 737s, HS-HRH and HS-CMV.