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Thailand rehearses lavish £70 million funeral for late king

As Thailand gears up for the five-day-long cremation ceremony of the late King Bhumibol, the funeral procession is rehearsed with officials in ancient costumes and black tops. The rehearsal lasted around five hours, and crowds of mourners watched as the procession passed them by. Some held up portraits of the late King. Preparations took almost a year to complete. For several months now, the late…
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World's greatest crematorium to be completed soon for funeral of Thai King

The cremation of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej or Rama IX is due to take place on 26 October. The King died almost a year ago on 13 October 2016 at the age of 86, having spent seven decades on the throne and was deeply loved throughout Thailand. It is common practice in Thailand’s Royal Family that the deceased will often remain embalmed awaiting cremation for anywhere up to a few years. This…
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1066 sea turtles released in honour of King of Thailand's birthday

Hundreds of Thai students, members of the navy and celebrities, helped released 1066 turtles in celebration of King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s birthday today. The sea turtles, which are seen as a symbol of long life ran, to freedom outside the Sea Turtle Conservation Centre. The number 1066 was chosen for a particular reason. The number 10 symbolises King Rama X, for which King Maha is known. The…
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