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Thailand Prepares For First Coronation in Seven Decades

WorldNews Tuesday, 30 April 2019
Thailand Prepares For First Coronation in Seven DecadesThailand's teeming capital is gearing up for three days of elaborate ceremonies starting Saturday for the coronation of King Maha Vajiralongkorn, amid an ongoing tug-of-war among the country's entrenched political factions over the results of the country's first general election since a 2014 coup. The coronation, estimated to cost upwards of $30 million, will be the first in the lifetime of most Thais. It follows the record-breaking reign of King Vajiralongkorn's father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who took the throne in 1946 and died in October 2016 at the age of 88. While Thailand's constitutional monarchy wields limited political power, most Thais revere their royals as near-deities. Strict...
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