BANGKOK – The funeral rites for the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej concluded on Sunday with a religious ceremony in the Grand Palace in Bangkok, presided over by his son and current King Vajiralongkorn.
The ashes of the monarch, who was cremated on Thursday, will be transferred in a procession to the Rajabopit and Bowonniwet temples, situated close to the palace in the city center.
The bones of the deceased will be deposited in a golden urn, which will be kept in a special room in the royal palace, where the remains of many monarchs of Bhumibol’s Chakri dynasty are held.
Thousands of Thai people, some coming from faraway regions, attended the Buddhist funeral in Bangkok, which lasted five days.
On Thursday, representatives of 42 countries, including 24 royal families, paid their respects to the King during the cremation.
The guests included Queen Sofia of Spain, Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, Queen Silvia of Sweden and Prince Andrew from the United Kingdom, as well as members of various Asian royal families.
Bhumibol died on Oct. 13, 2016, at the age of 88 after spending more than a year at a Bangkok hospital.
He reigned for seven decades, making him one of the longest serving monarchs in the world.