Thailand’s King Upstaged By His Daughter
Princess Nariratana on her phone during the ceremony.
Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn greeted thousands of his subjects from a balcony of his Grand Palace, the third and final day of coronation ceremonies. But everybody was talking about his daughter Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana.
The king and queen were greeted on Monday with a band playing the royal anthem and a 21-gun salute. Princess Nariratana captured the cheering crowds and onlookers on her phone and posted the video to Facebook. As of the writing of this article the video had been viewed 4.8 million times.
The Royal Family waved to a big crowd wearing yellow, the colour associated with the king, and waving flags in a royal audience, a day after a grand procession through Bangkok.
The three branches of the armed forces saluted the king before the prime minister led the crowd in chanting "Long live the king!".
The coronation started on Saturday, after a long period of official mourning for the king's revered father, who died in October 2016 having reigned for 70 years.
On Sunday, the king was carried through the streets on a gilded palanquin for the royal procession. Well-wishers, all wearing yellow, gathered from early morning along the 7km route from the Grand Palace to three royal temples.
The crowds were very excited to see the newly coronated King but the social media savvy Princess captured all of the attention filming and taking snaps for her 2.1 million Facebook followers.