Thailand to Hold Coronation of King Maha Vajiralongkorn from 04 – 06 May 2019

A statement from the palace announced the dates of the coronation ceremony for HM King Vajiralongkorn. The coronation ceremony will take place from May 4 to May 6. The Thai monarch will officially be crowned as the tenth King of the Chakri dynasty, Rama X, on May 4. Following the passing of his father on October 13 2017, the designated heir to the throne did not immediately accept the crown. Instead, he advised the leader of the ruling military junta and the Thai parliament that he wanted time to mourn his father before accepting the invitation to ascend the throne.

Advice for visitors
The Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha will be closed from May 4-6. It is also possible there may be restricted access for rehearsals in the lead up to the coronation. However, it is also quite likely that the palace will be closed at least a week in advance for preparations. In the lead up to the cremation of King Rama IX, the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha was closed for a whole month. Road closures are also likely to be in effect in the old city area of Bangkok during early May. Elsewhere, transport should all run as normal. Shops, restaurants, and tourists attractions across the country should also all be open as usual. Monday 6th May 2019 has been declared a special holiday in order for the public to join the celebrations in Bangkok. A similar holiday was declared during the cremation of King Rama IX.

Timetable for the royal coronation ceremony
May 4 (Saturday): The king will officially be crowned on May 4.
May 5 (Sunday): A royal parade will take place in Bangkok on May 5. This day will see the inauguration of the king’s official name and signature.
May 6 (Monday): Events will take place at the Grand Palace in Bangkok on May 6 with HM King Vajiralongkorn meeting with foreign diplomats and members of the public.


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