Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn is ready to assume Thai’s throne after Thailand’s parliament said that now is the appropriate time. The throne has been empty since the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej died in October.
“The late King Bhumibol Adulyadej passed away. And the throne is now empty. It is now appropriate to invite the Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn to assume the throne,” the speaker of the National Legislative Assembly, Pornpet Vichitchonlachai, said Tuesday, according to CNN. “For the next step, we shall present the message to the Crown Prince, and invite the Crown Prince to succeed the throne, according to the Palace Law.”
The Crown Prince, 64, is expected to assume the throne sometime later in the week, CNN noted.
When the late King died in October, Vajiralongkorn said he wouldn’t take the crown until he was given ample time to “mourn his father,” CNN noted.
“I would like everyone to stand up and give their blessings to the new king,” Vichitchonlachai said, per USA Today. The statement was followed by a cheer from assembly members: “Long live the king.”
Vajiralongkorn will be the 10th to take the throne in the Chakri dynasty, which was founded in 1782, according to USA Today.
Vajiralongkorn’s father took the throne in 1946 and died at the age of 88 after many years of battling with illness, The Associated Press noted.
In 1972, Bhumibol announced that his only son, Vajiralongkorn, would indeed be his successor after he died, AP noted.
Vajiralongkorn will have to work tirelessly to gain the same level of respect that his father had as King, considering his interest in state affairs, which is not as strong as his father’s was and his reputation as a “playboy,” having gone through three divorces and fathering seven children, AP noted.
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