Tag: King Bhumibol Adulyadej
The grand send-off, held a year after Bhumibol died aged 88, was a spectacular show of the elaborate, enigmatic rituals that gird a powerful monarchy cloaked in myth and spirituality.
King Bhumibol is often referred to as “father” by Thais and is credited with reviving the popularity of the monarchy in Thailand.
Here are some key dates during the reign of Bhumibol, Rama IX of the Chakri dynasty.
Here's a few things to know about the funeral of a king revered as a demi-god who reigned for seven decades.
The monks filed past hundreds of Thais clad in mourning black, receiving packages of biscuits and bottled water, among other items, in large brass alms bowls.
Among the many royal objects restored for the funeral is a golden chariot that will carry the king’s body in a giant ornate urn to the cremation site.
Junta chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha urged the public to adhere to mourning guidelines as the October 26 cremation approaches.
King Bhumibol died last October aged 88 and his body has laid in state in a gold hall at the palace.
Pulled by 216 men, it will carry the ornate urn containing King Bhumibol Adulyadej's body to the site of the cremation at the Sanam Luang ground outside the Royal Palace.
Obama's warm words for the monarch belie difficult recent relations with Thailand.
His remains will be taken to the nearby Grand Palace, a complex of glittering temples and pavilions in the heart of the capital, and large crowds are expected to pour onto the streets to pay their respects as the motorcade passes.
Anxiety over the king's health and an eventual succession has formed the backdrop to more than a decade of bitter political divide in Thailand that has included two military coups and often-violent street demonstrations.
Justo will have his sentence commuted by one-third and will probably serve the remainder of his jail term on parole or be transferred to another prison.
Analysts say the kingdom's decade-long political crisis is in part motivated by elites jostling to secure their primacy once his reign ends.