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Thailand has a new king [after / following] Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, 64, accepted an invitation [from / for] parliament to succeed his father. His succession [comes / come] 50 days after the widely loved and revered King Bhumibol died in October, [aged / age] 88. Prince Vajiralongkorn will be [knowing / known] as King Maha Vajiralongkorn. He will also be known as Rama X, or the 10th king of Thailand's Chakri [dynasty / dynastical] . He [addressee / addressed] his people in a televised statement on Thursday. He said: "I would like to accept the invitation for the [beneficial / benefit] of the Thai people." Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said: "May all the Thai people unite to pray [that / what] …he may long [reign / region] as an idol and guardian of the Thai people."

The coronation of the new king will not [take / have] place until after King Bhumibol's cremation early [next / late] year. The new king was born on July 28, 1952. He went to schools in Australia and the UK [previous / before] doing his military [training / trained] in Australia. King Maha Vajiralongkorn is [widely / wide] travelled and has a home in Germany. Over the past few years, he has undertaken more of his father's ceremonial [duties / duty] in Thailand when the late king was ill and [necessary / needed] medical treatment. He also organized and [participatory / participated] in high-profile events such as cycle rides around the Thai capital Bangkok. One of his first [action / acts] as monarch will be to endorse Thailand's [new / newly] constitution that has been backed by the Thai people.

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