Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn has been crowned on the first of three days of coronation rites.
The BBC reports how 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.
He then issued his first royal command, promising to reign with righteousness, as his father had done at his coronation 69 years ago.
The coronation comes at a time of political uncertainty. A general election was held on 24 March, the first since the army took control in a coup in 2014, but a new government has yet to be declared.