Thailand has said it will inform the world about the royal succession following the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej after “false” foreign media coverage created misunderstanding and hurt the feelings of its people. The death of the revered king on 13 October after seven decades on the throne plunged the country into mourning and heightened sensitivity about the monarchy. The government has said Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn will succeed his father after an unspecified period of mourning.
The prince’s formal coronation will take place after the king’s cremation and following a year-long official mourning period. The 96-year-old president of the royal privy council, Prem Tinsulanonda, has been made regent during the interregnum.