Coronation ceremony for Thai King

Published: 05 May 2019     Updated: 05 May 2019      

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Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn during the royal purification abbot as part of the the coronation ceremony at the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand, on May 4, 2019. Image: Public Relations Department via CNN

The Thai King rides on the royal palanquin as part of his final event of the day. Image: Thailand’s Public Relations Department via CNN

Thailand also celebrates a new queen. Queen Suthida is the king's long-time partner, whom he married two days before the coronation. Image: BBC

It is the first time most Thais have witnessed the pomp of a coronation - the last one was in 1950 for the king's revered father Bhumibol Adulyadej. Image: BBC

The sounds of a gun salute echoed outside. Image: BBC

Royal Thai Navy oarsmen steered the royal barge on the Chao Phraya River towards the Grand Palace. Image: BBC