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First public appearance of Thailand's new king

 First public appearance of Thailand's new kingThailand's new king has made his first public appearance as a part of a merit-making ceremony at Bangkok's Grand Palace to mark 50 days since his father's death.

King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun made public appearance on Friday one day after ascending the throne.

Civil servants dressed in black and white, the official colours of mourning, lined the streets to the palace as the new king's convoy passed.

King Maha Vajiralongkorn, who was then the crown prince, surprised some when he asked to delay his succession following the death of his father, leaving the throne unoccupied for seven weeks.
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