DEPUTY Prime Minister Wisanu Krea-ngarm dismissed as groundless a widely-circulated rumor that government officials had been told to replace their black clothing with white to welcome the new King.
He pointed to the announcement of the Prime Minister’s Office dated October 13 requiring all government officials to observe one-year mourning for the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej by wearing black or uniform when they report to work.
He urged members of the public to likewise observe one-year mourning although they are not required mandatorily to do so.
The government had not yet decided when officials and civilians alike should wear white clothing or any other shades, he added.
Voice TV likewise said over its news program last night that no switch from black clothing to white and/or cream color attire had been announced.
Dr Wisanu explained that there are four mandatory steps to be taken regarding the procedure for the accession to the throne by HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn
The four steps are: firstly, the cabinet must endorse the successor to the throne and then inform the National Legislative Assembly; secondly, the NLA president will ask the lawmakers to acknowledge cabinet’s decision; thirdly, the NLA president will then have an audience with HRH the Crown Prince and invite him to succeed on the throne and, finally, the NLA president will inform the public about the new King, he said.
After the completion of the four steps, the new King will be addressed as “Somdet Phrachao You Hua” and, only after the coronation ceremony, he will be addressed as “Phrabaat Somdet Phrachao You Hua.”
Top: His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn waves to a crowd of well-wishers. Photo: BBC