Coronation Ceremony reinforces stature of Kings of Thailand

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A look back at his HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej, His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun father’s coronation. (Photo courtesy of the Bureau of the Royal Household)
A look back at his HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej, His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun father’s coronation. (Photo courtesy of the Bureau of the Royal Household)

The Coronation Ceremony reinforces the stature of the Kings of Thailand. The first such elaborate ceremony was performed when Pho Khun Phamuang succeeded Pho Khun Bangklangthao as the ruling King of Muang Sukhothai. Phaya Lithai, a former leader in Sukhothai, left a historical record in stone describing the coronation ceremony in Sukhothai at Wat Srikhum.

In the beginning of the Ratanakosin era, the first King in the Chakri Dynasty (HM King Buddhayodfa the Great) took the title of Rama I and moved the capital of Siam from Thonburi to the opposite bank of the Chao Phraya River, and constructed Krung Ratanakosin (Bangkok). In the process of building the Royal Palace and Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) the first King in the House of Chakri refined the coronation ceremony, establishing important protocol that has lasted to this day. All Kings to follow not undergoing the coronation ceremony would be unable to assume the term “Phrabat” in front of the King’s title of “Somdej Phrachaoyuhua”, and more significantly, the symbol of the nine-tiered umbrella would also not be permissible or officially recognized.

The elaborate coronation ceremony of includes all the ancient rituals required for assuming the full title and the nine-tiered umbrella.

During the reign of HM King Mongkut (Rama IV), Buddhist monks and Brahmin priests were incorporated into the coronation ceremony to conduct rituals to sanctify the auspicious occasion. Previously the ceremony was arranged and conducted by the Royal Palace staff and members of the Royal Household.

Pattaya Mail Media Group joins with the Kingdom of Thailand in joyously celebrating Rama X His Majesty King His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodin­dradebayavarangkun’s Coronation.

Long Live the King!