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Thailand to Cremate Late King Bhumibol on Oct. 26

BANGKOK - The cremation ceremony of Thai king Bhumibol, who died last year at the age of 88 and after occupying the throne for 70 years, will take place on Oct. 26, a royal spokesperson said Wednesday.

The date has been proposed by a government committee and approved by King Vajiralongkorn - Bhumibol's son and successor, a spokesperson for the Office of His Majesty's Principal Private Secretary, told EFE

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 will not be formally crowned until his father's funeral has been concluded.

King Bhumibol passed away on Oct. 13, 2016, after battling a long illness that kept him hospitalized for a majority 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.

 

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