Cremation of King Bhumibol Adulyajej sets in October


Bangkok, Thailand – King Bhumibol Adulyajej, Thailand’s late king who passed away in October 2016, will be cremated on October 26, 2017. The funeral will take place over a five-day period, a government official announced Wednesday.

King Maha Vajiralongkorn, King Bhumibol’s son, ascended the throne in December last year. However, he wants his coronation held off for at least a year as he wants more time to mourn his father.

Reuters reported that the palace has confirmed that the king agrees with the government’s plan. The cremation day will be Oct. 26,” said a senior government official, who declined to be named because of the sensitivity of the matter.

“The funeral will take place over a five-day period,” Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam, told reporters on Tuesday.

King Bhumibol was, at the time of his death in October 2016 at the age of 88, the world’s longest-serving head of state and the longest-reigning monarch in the history of Thailand, serving for 70 years and 126 days. The late king was viewed as a rare unifying figure in an otherwise deeply polarized nation.

Photo: Former US President Obama and King Bhumbol in 2012

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