The Thai Parliament says that now is the right time for the crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn to take the throne.
"The late king Bhumibol Adulyadej has died. And the throne is now empty. Now it is appropriate to invite the crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn to take the throne," the speaker of the National legislative Assembly, Poppet Viceconti, said Tuesday.
"For the next step, we will send a message to the crown Prince, and invite the crown Prince to crown him, in accordance with the Law of the Palace." The crown Prince himself must now formally accept the throne. This event will happen at the end of the week. After the king's death in October, Maha Vajiralongkorn need time to "mourn his father," before he be crowned.
The country was in an official state of mourning after the death of the monarch. The monarch was deeply loved in Thailand, and his death was a blow to the people over whom he reigned for 70 years. On the day of his death, the country lost its "father". In the country officially designated the year of mourning. Civil servants have to wear black as a sign of respect.
Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn was introduced to Thai people through home videos of his father, which was shown in theaters across the country. Maha was born in July 1952, he was educated in the United Kingdom and Australia, before it was officially declared crown Prince and heir in 1972.
His older sister, 65-year-old Princess Ubol Ratana could not take the throne because women cannot become the monarch of Thailand in accordance with the laws of inheritance.
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