Thailand’s crown prince to be confirmed king on 1 December
Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn is to be confirmed as the new king of Thailand on 1 December, a senior source has told the BBC.
Once confirmed, he is expected to endorse a new, military-drafted constitution and to start appointing his own team of senior royal officials.
His father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world’s longest-reigning monarch, died on 13 October, aged 88.
The government has declared a year-long official mourning period.
The widely revered king had served 70 years as head of state, and was seen as a stabilising figure, promoting economic development and social harmony in a country hit by cycles of political turmoil and multiple coups.
The BBC’s Jonathan Head in Bangkok says there have been concerns expressed quietly over how well his son will perform the same role.
Following King Bhumibol’s death, he had delayed taking the crown in order to join the people in mourning.
The crown prince, who is 64, is much less well known to Thais than his father, and does not have his widespread popularity.
“Once confirmed, he is expected to endorse a new, military-drafted constitution and to start appointing his own team of senior royal officials.”