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FILE -  In this May 12, 2017, file photo, Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn addresses the audience at the royal ploughing ceremony in Bangkok, Thail...
In this Thursday, May 2, 2019, photo released by Bureau of the Thailand Royal Household, Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn, left, and Queen Suthida ...
Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn, center, pays homage to the Equestrian Statue of King Chulalongkorn in Bangkok, Thursday, May 2, 2019. The coronat...
FILE - In this Dec. 5, 1999, file photo, Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, left, Queen Sirikit and the Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn acknowledge ...
FILE -  In this Dec. 5, 2012, file photo, Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, center, is accompanied by Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn after addressing w...
FILE - In this June 23, 1996, file photo, Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, left, and Thailand's King Bumibol Adulyadej, center, with Queen Sirikit, s...
FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2009, file photo, Thai Queen Sirikit, right, walks with her son Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn as they accompany King Bhumibol Adu...
FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2003, file photo, Thai King Bhumibol Adulydej, standing, with Queen Sirikit, sitting next to him, reviews a honor guard in Bang...
FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2017, file photo, Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn, center, walks in funeral procession of late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyade...
FILE - In this May 1, 2019, file photo released by Bureau of the Royal Household, Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn, left, sits with Queen Suthida V...
FILE - In this May 1, 2019, file photo released by Bureau of the Royal Household, Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn, right, presents a gift to Queen...
FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2015, file photo, Thai Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn leads "Bike for Mom" participants in Bangkok, Thailand. Ahead of the formal...

FILE - In this May 12, 2017, file photo, Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn addresses the audience at the royal ploughing ceremony in Bangkok, Thail...

In this Thursday, May 2, 2019, photo released by Bureau of the Thailand Royal Household, Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn, left, and Queen Suthida ...

Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn, center, pays homage to the Equestrian Statue of King Chulalongkorn in Bangkok, Thursday, May 2, 2019. The coronat...

FILE - In this Dec. 5, 1999, file photo, Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, left, Queen Sirikit and the Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn acknowledge ...

FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2012, file photo, Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, center, is accompanied by Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn after addressing w...

FILE - In this June 23, 1996, file photo, Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, left, and Thailand's King Bumibol Adulyadej, center, with Queen Sirikit, s...

FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2009, file photo, Thai Queen Sirikit, right, walks with her son Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn as they accompany King Bhumibol Adu...

FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2003, file photo, Thai King Bhumibol Adulydej, standing, with Queen Sirikit, sitting next to him, reviews a honor guard in Bang...

FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2017, file photo, Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn, center, walks in funeral procession of late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyade...

FILE - In this May 1, 2019, file photo released by Bureau of the Royal Household, Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn, left, sits with Queen Suthida V...

FILE - In this May 1, 2019, file photo released by Bureau of the Royal Household, Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn, right, presents a gift to Queen...

FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2015, file photo, Thai Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn leads "Bike for Mom" participants in Bangkok, Thailand. Ahead of the formal...

Three days of elaborate, centuries-old rituals beginning Saturday will formally endow Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn with regal legitimacy.

He succeeded to the throne after the death of his revered father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, in October 2016.

The 66-year-old Vajiralongkorn faces a challenge in the long-standing comparisons to his hardworking, deeply respected father. He spends stretches of time abroad, so building his standing among Thais will take time.

He participated in two-high profile events in 2015, leading thousands of Thais in mass bicycling events to mark his parents' birthdays.

He this week confirmed his fourth marriage, to a general in the palace security force now with the title Queen Suthida.