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King Vajiralongkorn: who is Thailand's new monarch?

Eccentric, privileged and ‘a bit of a Don Juan’, he will hope to draw same loyalty as his father

The life of King Vajiralongkorn, who on Sunday will finally be crowned in Thailand two years after ascending the throne, has been defined by both privilege and eccentricity.

Rarely seen making public appearances or speeches, and known for spending most of his time living in Germany where he owns a $13m (£11.6m) mansion in an affluent area of Munich, Vajiralongkorn has yet after seven decades on the throne.

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