Thailand crowns its new King

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Sunday, May 5, marks the second day of events surrounding the coronation of Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, more than two years after he ascended the throne, following the death of his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

During the three-day celebration, 66-year-old King Vajiralongkorn will be presented with a gold 7.3-kilogram crown, circle parts of Bangkok via a royal palanquin and will undergo a royal purification ceremony using sacred water gathered from Thailand’s 76 provinces.

Vajiralongkorn is the 10th king of the Chakri dynasty.

People gather to watch a procession with King Maha Vajiralongkorn on Sunday.Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-Cha takes part in the coronation procession on May 5.Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP/Getty Images

In this image taken from Thai TV, King Maha Vajiralongkorn and Queen Suthida attend a coronation ceremony that includes bestowing of the royal title and ranks to royals at the Grand Palace in Bangkok on Sunday.Thai TV Pool via AP

Thai people make offerings to Buddhist monks near the Grand Palace on May 5.Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP

Thai Royal Guards march along a street near the Grand Palace during the coronation of the Thai King on Saturday, May 4.Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP/Getty Images

The chief brahmin prays before Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun after all royal regalia items have been presented to him during his coronation ceremony at the Grand Palace in Bangkok on May 4.Handout/Thailand Department of Public Relations

Thai officials stand outside the Grand Palace in Bangkok on May 4.Sakchai Lalit/AP

Royal bearers transport Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn on the royal palanquin during his visit to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok on Saturday, May 4.Handout/Thailand Department of Public Relations via AP

King Vajiralongkorn anoints Queen Suthida at the Grand Palace on May 4.Handout/Thailand Department of Public Relations

The Thai monarch offers a donation to a senior Buddhist monk at the Grand Palace on May 4.Handout/Thailand Department of Public Relations

Well-wishers line up in front of a portrait of King Vajiralongkorn outside the Grand Palace in Bangkok on May 4.Rapeephat Sitchailapa/AP

In an image taken from Thai television, King Vajiralongkorn visits the Temple of the Emerald Buddha on May 4 to proclaim himself the royal patron of Buddhism.AP

A child holds a portrait of King Vajiralongkorn as she waits with others near the Grand Palace during the coronation on May 4.Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

King Vajiralongkorn sits on the throne before an audience of diplomats and dignitaries at the Grand Palace on May 4.Thai TV Pool via AP

Thai Royal Guards fire a series of cannon salutes during the coronation in Bangkok on May 4.Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters

King Maha Vajiralongkorn attends the anointment ceremony.Thai TV Pool via AP

People in a beauty salon watch a live broadcast of the coronation ceremony.Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP

King Maha Vajiralongkorn takes part in the royal purification ceremony at the Grand Palace. Holy water from symbolic vessels is poured over the King’s back and into his hands. Some of the water vessels contain holy water collected from all 76 provinces around the country.Thai TV Pool via AP

An official shields herself from the sun during the coronation.Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP/Getty Images

A tablet displaying King Maha Vajiralongkorn undergoing a royal purification ritual is seen as a Buddhist monk prays during the King’s coronation on Saturday.Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters

King Maha Vajiralongkorn waves to onlookers as he arrives at the Grand Palace for his coronation.Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

Thai officials take their places on the roads near the Grand Palace before the arrival of the King.Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP/Getty Images

A car carrying King Maha Vajiralongkorn and Queen Suthida makes its way to the Grand Palace.Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

Government officials stand outside the Royal Palace to await the arrival of King Maha Vajiralongkorn on May 4.Jes Aznar/Getty Images

A woman waits near the Grand Palace before the coronation.Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

A banner is seen on a street during the coronation of King Maha Vajiralongkorn.Jorge Silva/Reuters

Royal Thai police stand guard near the Grand Palace in Bangkok on Friday, May 3, ahead of King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s coronation.Manan Vatsyayana/AFP/Getty Images

A portrait of King Maha Vajiralongkorn hangs near Thailand’s Royal Palace ahead of the coronation on May 3. The color yellow is associated with the day of the King’s birth — Monday. In Thailand, every day of the week corresponds to a color.Lauren DeCicca/Getty Images

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