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.
Congratulations are presented today from His Majesty King Harald to His Excellency Mr Egils Levits, President of the Republic of Latvia.
World Heritage at Vega
In 2004, UNESCO inscribed the Vega Archipelago on the World Heritage List. Today His Royal Highness The Crown Prince was in attendance to open the new Vega Archipelago World Heritage Centre – Norway’s first authorised centre of its kind.