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Thais bid final goodbye to beloved King Bhumibol

BANGKOK: Brahmin priests, drummers and soldiers in ceremonial uniforms led a solemn but colour-splashed procession through Bangkok's historic heart Thursday as Thailand bade farewell to King Bhumibol Adulyadej whose death left the nation without its chief unifying figure. Some 300,000 black-clad mourners packed the streets, some weeping and prostrating themselves on the ground as a golden chariot carrying the royal urn snaked through the city in blazing heat. The golden spires of a spectacular $90 million cremation…

Thailand rehearses lavish $90 million funeral for late king

BANGKOK: Drums and a band played as officials in black tops and ancient costumes rehearsed on Saturday for the funeral procession of Thailand’s late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, whose cremation next week is expected to be attended by a quarter of a million mourners. Some held a mock-up of a golden urn that had held the remains of dead kings in the past. In the present, the king’s body is placed in a coffin but the urn is still used to represent the monarch’s remains. The procession rehearsal, which was expected to take up to…

One year after King’s death, Thais prepare for final goodbye

BANGKOK: Monks led sombre ceremonies across Thailand on Friday to mark one year since the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, as the grieving nation prepares to bid a final farewell to the beloved monarch in a spectacular cremation ceremony this month. Revered as a demi-god and described as a "father" to all Thais, Bhumibol commanded deep devotion during his historic 70-year reign. The past year has drawn out widespread scenes of collective mourning across the kingdom, with many Thais expunging colour from their…

Black is back as Thais mourn revered king

BANGKOK: On his birthday Thais wore yellow, when he got sick they put on pink, and now that King Bhumibol Adulyadej has passed Bangkok's streets have turned monochrome in a extraordinary display of collective grief. The venerated monarch died at the age of 88 on Thursday, plunging the nation into mourning and leaving a politically divided people bereft of a rare unifying figure. Thailand is a country that leans heavily on symbols and people have long expressed devotion to the king through clothing, with many in Bangkok…

Thailand’s King, world’s longest-reigning monarch, dies

BANGKOK: Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who was the world's longest-reigning monarch, died in hospital on Thursday, the palace said in an announcement. He was 88. King Bhumibol reigned for seven decades after ascending the throne in 1946. His loss will be deeply mourned in Thailand, where he was regarded as a pillar of stability during decades of political upheaval and rapid development. The palace did not give a reason for his death but he has been sick in hospital with various ailments for much of the past year.…

Ailing Thai king’s health ‘not stable’

BANGKOK: Doctors treating Thailand's hospital-bound King Bhumibol Adulyadej placed the ailing monarch on a ventilator this week, the palace said Sunday, adding that the 88-year-old's health was "not stable". Bhumibol is the world's longest-reigning monarch and beloved by many in Thailand. But he has not been seen in public for nearly a year as he battles a series of ailments in a Bangkok hospital. Historically the palace has tightly controlled news about his health and it is difficult to ascertain his overall condition.…