While His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn ascended the throne in October 2016 following the death of his beloved father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, his coronation will only now be held on 4 – 6 May of this year, following a sufficient period of mourning.
The rites actually began on 6 April 2019 with the gathering of sacred waters from all 77 of the Kingdom’s provinces. These were then consecrated on 8 -12 April, just before Songkran, at a Buddhist temple in each province before they were brought to the Ministry of Interior in Bangkok.
Then, on 18 April, the sacred waters were taken to the Royal temple, Wat Suthat, which, King Rama I, the first monarch of this Chakri dynasty, started to construct in 1807. Here, a final consecration was performed by both Buddhist monks and Royal Brahmin. The following day, 19 April, the consecrated waters were taken in procession to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha for the Royal Purification to be held on May 4.
In preparation for the coronation, on 22 and 23 April at War Phra Kaew, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, a Brahmin astrological ceremony was conducted to interpret the new monarch’s horoscope after which His Majesty’s official title and name together with the His seal were inscribed on a golden plaque.
Then, on 2 May, like his father and previous monarchs who have reigned over Thailand, HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn, will visit monuments around the capital to pay homage to his ancestors.
The following day, 3 May, the inscribed Royal Golden Plaque will be transferred from the Temple of the Emerald Buddha to Baisal Daksin Throne Hall.
The Royal Coronation ceremonies will be conducted during the next three days, 4-6 May 2019.
On Saturday morning, 4 May, the Royal Purification will be performed when His Majesty will be anointed with the sacred, consecrated waters at Chakrabat Biman Royal Residence in the Grand Palace. Accompanied by a Royal Guard of 234 soldiers, HM the King will make His way in procession from Amarin Winitchai Throne Hall to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha where he will be pronounced the Promoter of Buddhism. Next, after presiding over a ceremony in the Grand Palace to once more pay homage to former monarchs, His Majesty will grant an audience to members of the Royal family, privy councilors and senior members of the Government. From this day forward, the 4th of May will be celebrated as a public holiday, Wan Chattra Mongkhon, Coronation Day.
On Sunday, 5 May, after a ceremony marking the inscription of HM the King’s formal name, He will present Royal titles to family members that will indicate their relationship to the new King. After this, a procession, called “Liap Phranakhon”, will carry HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn around Rattanakosin Island to receive the blessings of his subjects and visitors who are expected to number in the hundreds of thousands.
On the last day, Monday, 6 May, which will be a public holiday, HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn will again accept the well wishes of the public when He appears on Sihabanchon Balcony of Sutthaisawan Prasat Hall of the Grand Palace.
The Royal Coronation Ceremonies of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, King Rama X, will be televised by the Television Pool of Thailand and on the Thai TV Global Network for viewers in 170 countries worldwide. It will also be live-streamed on the Facebook pages of the Public Relations Department and various news outlets.