King Bhumibol’s funeral
His Royal Highness The Crown Prince was in attendance at the funeral of King Bhumibol of Thailand today. King Bhumibol passed away on 13 October of last year.
Representatives of royal houses and heads of state from around the world attended the funeral in Bangkok.
Hundreds of thousands of mourners lined the route of the funeral procession. A gilded chariot from 1795 transported the King’s symbolic funerary urn to a specially built crematorium that has taken one year to construct.
Funeral ceremony for King Bhumibol of Thailand. Photo: REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
The son of the late king, His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn, led the funeral ceremony. Crown Prince Haakon was in attendance as the representative of the Royal House of Norway. King Maha Vajiralongkorn is the tenth monarch of the Chakri Dynasty.
King Bhumibol became the King of Thailand on 9 June 1946 when he succeeded his brother, King Ananda Mahidol. At the time of his death, King Bhumibol was the world’s longest-reigning monarch.
King Bhumibol and his wife, Queen Sirikit, conducted a State Visit to Norway in 1960.
The King and Queen opened the new MUNCH
"I think that I speak for all of us when I say that we have been looking forward to this day! It is finally possible for us to gather together, and soon the great doors will open up a new attraction – not just for our capital city, but for Norway, and for the world," said His Majesty The King.
Congratulations from His Majesty King Harald to His Excellency Mr Alar Karis, President of the Republic of Estonia.