Coronation of His Majesty the King set for May 4-6

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In this May 29, 2018, file photo, His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn, center, holds a candle during Wesaka Bucha, at Emerald Buddha temple Bangkok. (The Nation/Pool Photo via AP)

Bangkok (AP) — His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn will have his official coronation on May 4, the palace announced Tuesday.

The coronation will be more than two years after His Majesty succeeded his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died at age 88 after reigning for seven decades.

The palace said the coronation ceremonies will be held on May 4-6, with the monarch making a public appearance on the last day.

Major royal ceremonies in Thailand are usually very ornate, but Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said in June last year that His Majesty the King had expressed the desire that his coronation be held in a relatively modest manner, though in keeping with elaborate royal tradition.

His Majesty gave a New Year’s Eve address televised Monday night, wishing the Thai people good health, happiness and prosperity, and urging them to act virtuously for the sake of the nation. His New Year’s greeting card, another tradition, expressed similar sentiments.