The unexpected delay in anointing a new monarch in Thailand following the death of King last month gave rise to a fair deal of speculation. Now the BBC has been told that his son will be confirmed as the new king at the beginning of December. Although crown prince is the undisputed heir, in the past high ranking officials have expressed reservations about his capabilities. But the BBC has now had it confirmed from a senior political source that the crown prince will formally take the throne on the 1st of December although his coronation ceremony will not take place until after his late fatherís cremation next year. He will start his rein under a heavy-headed military government which is likely to dictate Thailandís political arrangements for several more years. One of his first tasks will be to endorse a controversial new constitute drafted by the military junta. He is also likely to start appointing his own advisors to senor positions in the palace hierarchy.