The king is reviving the life of his absolutist forebears while trying to bring the military under control.
Pavin Chachavalpongpun: Vajiralongkorn has been ruthless in consolidating his position within Thailand's ruling elite.
With two significant royal celebrations in mid-2012, Prince Vajiralongkorn’s 60th birthday was also a reminder of the fact the he too is no longer a young man.
Thaksin has a track record of indestructibility. It makes sense that in the difficult years to come the palace will want him on their side.