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Thai King Vajiralongkorn arrived in Frankfurt on Saturday afternoon with 250 people and 30 dogs on board. The King was received at the customs for the first time since assuming the throne after the death of his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej in October. A huge crowd waited for the monarch as he made his way to the Bad Godesberg military base. Thai King Vajiralongkorn arrived in Frankfurt on Saturday afternoon with 250 people and 30 dogs on board The Thai Royal Guard greeted the King at the military base in Bad Godesberg A huge crowd waited for the monarch as he made his way to the Bad Godesberg military base The Royal Thai Air Force Red Hat Squadron made the welcome flypast during the 70th birthday celebrations The King arrived in a fleet of German-made Mercedes S Class limousines, which were later driven into the gated military base. This is the second time in two months the Thai king has visited Germany. In November, the King traveled to Munich, where he had lunch with his German counterpart, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Last November, Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn formally took over as the new monarch During the 70th birthday celebrations, he had lunch with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier The royal party travel to Bad Godesberg in a fleet of German-made Mercedes S Class limousines A smiling King Maha — dressed in full traditional military regalia and a top hat — was greeted by President Steinmeier on Friday afternoon. The King was greeted at the Reichstag by Army Commander General Karl-Theodor EU Gutenberg, who saluted him before both posed for photographs with dignitaries and crowds gathered outside the German parliament building. 'The warm welcome, not only for the German President, but also for the king who had just ascended the throne, was typical German,' one Thai visitor told Deutsche Welle. King Maha, who celebrated his 70th birthday on December 5, took over the throne following the death of his father in October He salutes Army Commander General Karl-Theodor EU Gutenberg before the two posed for photographs with dignitaries Thai royals were greeted by a brass band as the King arrived in the Bad Godesberg military base on Saturday There was a brief pause for the 70-year-old's blessing before a guard of honor formed by military cadets followed him to his armored Mercedes limousine It comes as King Maha Vajiralongkorn, who celebrated his 70th birthday on December 5, took over the throne following the death of his father in October. The King, who was formally appointed on December 1 by Thailand's king — his coronation is due to take place in May 2018, according to Thai officials. Germany, with a population of 80 million, is Thailand's third-largest trading partner behind China and the United States. Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn had lunch with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Friday afternoon Thousands of tourists, including many Thai employees of major German companies, are expected to flood into the country to watch the ceremony which will be held in Bangkok President Steinmeier met King Maha at the presidential palace in Berlin, where they also discussed the situation in Turkey and Iraq and European security challenges. Thousands of tourists, including many Thai employees of major German companies, are expected to flood into the country to watch the ceremony, which will be held in Bangkok. King Maha Vajiralongkorn had lunch with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Friday afternoon, where they also discussed the situation in Turkey and Iraq and European security challenges. The latest Thai king was crowned in May 2014 after the death of his revered father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej. He was the ninth king to ascend the throne and was formally appointed on December 1 by Thailand's king — his coronation is due to take place in May 2018, according to Thai officials. King Maha and his family had fled the country in 2014 after a coup which was staged by generals seeking to make political gains. The coup was led by current Prime Minister Prayuth Cha-cha, who is also the commander of the army and has been in power since then. King Maha was regarded by the army as the power behind the throne and army leaders remain powerful under the military-drafted constitution which gives the army a leading role in politics. Steinmeier has insisted that the legal situation is clear: 'The succession law in Thailand stipulates that succession will be followed by the heir apparent and designated heir,' he told Build am Sontag newspaper on Sunday. 'Thailand is a sovereign state and political power is exercised according to the rules. Summer had many sizzling shots from king Maha's latest outing with the family topless for the Thai Navy's New Year swim gala in 2017 It's thought that this is the fourth time in three years that King Maha has given an address to the press Volleyball is the theme of this year's Thai royal celebration. Pictured is junta chief Prayuth Cha-cha on hand. The King, who was formally appointed on December 1 by Thailand's king — his coronation is due.
 

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You ask me what is wrong here ? What about the obsolete and anti-democracy system of monarchy but NATO has no problem with this since their own governments are anti-democratic. And then there are the dogs.
 

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