Poodles, scandals & crop-tops: 6 times Thailand's next king Maha Vajarilongkorn courted controversy

Speed News Desk | First published: 2 November 2016, 18:39 IST
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Thailand's king-in-waiting, Maha Vajiralongkorn, was named the crown prince of the country in 1972. Forty six years later, the 64-year-old is all set to ascend to the throne on 1 December 2016.

Vajiralongkorn has big shoes to fill in - considering the loyalty that his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world's longest-reigning monarch, commanded. The prince - whose full name is Vajiralongkorn Borommachakkrayadisonsantatiwong Thewetthamrongsuboriban Aphikhunuprakanmahittaladunladet Phumiphonnaretwarangkun Kittisirisombunsawangkhawat Borommakhattiyaratchakuman - has an uphill task ahead of him, to say the least.

While King Bhumibol was known for his authoritativeness and his public relations-savviness, his son has often made news for his "questionable antics".

Vajiralongkorn, a graduate of the Royal Miliatry College, Duntroon, Australia is an officer in the Thai military who has trained with the Australian, British, and United States armed services. He is also a qualified military and helicopter pilot. While his military prowess should have made him a force to be reckoned with, the Thai people are reportedly unhappy about their new ruler. Here are six such controversies Maha Vajiralongkorn made headlines for:

The 'playboy king'

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When news of Vajiralongkorn's ascension broke - following the death of the 88-year-old Thai king in October 2016 - news portals were awash with headlines calling the crown prince a 'playboy'.