Thailand's newly-crowned King Maha Vajiralongkorn to greet subjects in coronation parade

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Vajiralongkorn's four-mile procession was meant to pay homage at three Buddhist temples and gave him an opportunity see his subjects, who came out in yellow, the color associated with the king.

There, he will light the auspicious candle at 4:19 p.m. (9:19 GMT) - a time that court astrologers determined was propitious - while 80 Buddhist monks chant.

Saturday's sombre ceremony opened with the white-gowned king receiving sacred water and dabbing it gently across his face at a shrine inside the Grand Palace complex. The three-day coronation, which started Saturday, is the first since Vajiralongkorn's adored and revered father was crowned in 1950.

On the eve of the coronation, the king also granted royal pardons to approximately 50,000 inmates across the country including prominent student activist Jatupat Boonpattararaksa who was accused of defaming the king by sharing a controversial BBC article, according to local news website Khaosod English.

Thais wearing yellow shirts - the royal colour - and carrying hats and umbrellas to protect against temperatures reaching 36 degrees Celsius filled the streets outside with many clutching portraits of Vajiralongkorn and shouting "Long live the King!"

The king will also reduce sentences for some prisoners, including those imprisoned for life, and commute inmates' death sentences to life.

"The current king had a very lively private life, a string of wives, mistresses, one who's living in exile in the U.S., the one he most recently divorced in 2014 has been placed more or less under house arrest, her son was taken away from her, most of her family were arrested", Dr Jory said.

King Maha Vajiralongkorn's coronation Saturday came just three days after a stunning palace announcement that the pair had married bestowing Suthida with the title of Queen.

King Vajiralongkorn married Tidjai this week, promoting her to the royal title of Queen Suthida and officially inducted her into the royal family.

Thai kings' coronation rituals are a mixture of Buddhist and Hindu Brahmin traditions dating back centuries.

"When the auspicious time arrived, the royal astrologer hit the Gong of Victory, the scribe and the royal augur began inscribing on the Royal Golden Plaques the official title of the King and the King's Horoscope".

Thailand's newly crowned King Maha Vajiralongkorn made a spectacular public appearance in front of his countrymen Sunday, carried atop a golden palanquin by soldiers in ancient fighting uniforms in a procession through Bangkok's historic quarter.

Members of the Royal Family - including HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana - stood and bowed in respect to the King as his procession passed their roadside pavilion.

Rama X is widely seen as an adroit player of Thailand's treacherous politics, intervening several times - including in the March 24 election - during his short reign.

The couple met when she was a flight attendant on Thai Airways. The rite, known as the Royal Purification Ceremony, took place amid music from drums, conch shells and other instruments.

The country has been run by an arch-royalist junta since 2014.

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