Bankok : Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn has been crowned on the first of three days of coronation rites.
King Vajiralongkorn inherited the throne in 2016 when his long-reigning father Bhumibol Adulyadej died.
Days ago in a surprise announcement the palace said the king had married his long-term partner and royal consort who would now be Queen Suthida.
Thailand has a constitutional monarchy, but the royal family is highly revered by Thais and wields considerable power.
Thailand also has strict laws, called lese majeste, which ban criticism of the monarchy. The laws have shielded the royal family from public view and scrutiny.