Today Thailand’s parliament named Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn as the new king, completing a formal step for the heir to take the throne following the death of his father last month.
“I would like everyone to stand up and give their blessings to the new king,” said the National Assembly president. His statement was followed by a cheer of “Long live the king” by all assembly members.
Vajiralongkorn will be the 10th in the Chakri Dynasty, which was founded in 1782. It is unclear when he will formally accept.