The cremation ceremony of Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died last year at the age of 88 after occupying the throne for 70 years, will take place on October 26, a royal spokesperson said on Wednesday. The date has been proposed by a government committee and approved by King Vajiralongkorn — Bhumibol’s son and successor, the spokesperson told EFE news.
The ceremony will last five days, according to a statement by Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam. After the cremation, Thailand will start preparing for the coronation of Vajiralongkorn, who ascended the throne in December but wasn’t formally crowned.
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King Bhumibol passed away on October 13 last year after battling a long illness that kept him hospitalised for most of his life’s last 10 years. Bhumibol Adulyadej, revered in the country as a symbol of unity, ruled under the title of Rama IX, and was the only monarch most Thai people have known.