The Parliament of Thailand on 29 November 2016 invited Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn to be the new king of the country. The invitation completes a formal step for the heir apparent to take the throne following the death of his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, in October 2016.
As per the established procedure, the prince will have to accept parliament's invitation in order for him to be proclaimed king.
About Maha Vajiralongkorn
• Born on 28 July 1952, Maha Vajiralongkorn is the only son of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit.
• He was made crown prince at the age of 20 by his father.
• He graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon, in Canberra, Australia.
• He is a qualified military pilot and helicopter pilot.
• He also took an active part in military operations against the Communist Party of Thailand during the 1970s.
• He will be the 10th king of the 234-year-old Chakri Dynasty.
• The prince, who will be known as King Rama X, can only be formally crowned after his father's royal cremation, which will take place in 2017.
• Until the new monarch takes over, General Prem Tinsulanonda, the president of the Privy Council, will serve as regent.
When: 29 November 2016
Why: To become new king