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Thailand’s king fires royal bedroom guards for 'adultery' Asia. 17:30: Ceremonial first lighting of the funeral pyre and final honours by the 3rd Battalion, 22:00: Royal cremation proper and outdoor, 27 October: Day of the removal of the royal ashes and relics, 07:00: Removal of the royal ashes and relics from the crematorium followed by a breakfast service, 08:30: Royal procession of the transfer of the royal ashes and relics to the Dusit Maha Phasat Throne Hall of the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, 17:30: Final service of merit before the royal relics and ashes and dinner, 29 October - Official final day of the mourning period, 09:00: Morning service of merit followed by breakfast, 11:00: Departure honors of the royal relics and remains and procession, 11:35: Ceremony of interment of the royal relics to the Heavenly Abode Room, Chakri Maha Prasat Throne Hall of the Grand Palace, 16:00: Departure honors of the royal ashes, 17:40: Interment service of the royal ashes at the, 15:01: Final afternoon and night vigil services before the Royal Urn and Coffin at the Dusit Maha Phasat Throne Hall of the Grand Palace, Bangkok, 09:00 - 11:30: Funeral procession from the Dusit Maha Phasat Throne Hall to the Royal Crematorium at the Sanam Luang Royal Plaza. The groups dispersed after the police agreed to prosecute the man for the crime of lèse-majesté. [37], Designs for the cremation complex were officially unveiled on 28 October 2016, and a special ceremony was held on 19 December for the royal funeral chariots to be used at the Bangkok National Museum. [61], In early August, plans were finalized to open the cremation site for public and tourist visitation after the cremation ceremonies. Strict lese-majeste laws protect the most senior members of Thailand's royal family from insult or threat. He spends much of his time outside Thailand. News of the 88-year-old's death was announced Thursday, October 13, via a statement from the Royal Palace read on state TV. T hailand’s Royal Palace announced on Thursday that King Bhumibol Adulyadej died at Bangkok’s Siriraj Hospital, and people around the world responded with an outpouring of grief.. I fear, because I don't know what will come next.". [9], The general public were allowed to take part in a symbolic bathing rite in front of the king's portrait at Sahathai Samakhom Pavilion within the Grand Palace later that day. [55] At the same time, the sandalwood corn flowers used for state funerals were made to be used by citizens and foreign attendants attending the services, as the kalamet flowers, protected by law, will only be used in the royal crematorium. [79][80] After a brief return to monochrome for the King's 1st death anniversary on 13 October 2017, colour television broadcasts, with the same restrictions are before, resumed on 19 October the same year. Just as in past state cremations since 1995, a special Khon performance was held in the plaza grounds, organized by The Foundation of the Promotion of Supplementary Occupations and Related Techniques of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit of Thailand (SUPPORT) and the Bunditphatthanasilpa Institute. [82], Since the death of the king, ultra-royalists in Thailand have criticized and harassed those who did not wear mourning black. Share this post! [83] They also subjected to witch-hunts people whom they accused of disrespecting the deceased monarch. [53] For the royal puppet show, it was the first ever to feature a woman performer in keeping with the modern age - Ancharika Noosingha, 43 years old, who was the first female royal puppeteer in history, keeping a historic tradition from the Ayutthaya period. A regent has been appointed. Citizens were asked to refrain from participating in "joyful events" and entertainment for 30 days following his death; as a result, a number of events, including sports (such as the Thai League football season, which ended entirely),[75] were cancelled or postponed. Led by Somdej Phra Vanarata (Chun Brahmagutto), the abbot of Wat Bowonniwet Vihara, the autocade entered the palace via Thewaphirom Gate. Thousands of Thais have gathered at Bangkok's royal palace for late-night vigils to mourn King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died on Thursday. [32], On 28 February 2017, a special Royal Kong Tek (Gongde) ceremony was held, presided by King Vajiralongkorn at the Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall and was led by monks from the Thai Chinese Buddhist community in the Bangkok area. King Vajiralongkorn, 67, who was crowned last year, has a second home in Germany. 13 October - National remembrance services in honor of the 1st anniversary of the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX). [87], The National Council for Peace and Order, the junta ruling Thailand, also announced after the death of Bhumibol that it will hunt down lèse-majesté fugitives. The present king, according to reports, has not made a public appearance in his country since February. He has booked the entire hotel for himself… and 20 female concubines. A year-long period of mourning was subsequently announced. As the cortege passed Arun Ammarin Road, Phra Pin Klao Bridge, and Ratchadamnoen Road, crowds of Thais, most clad in black and many openly sobbing, paid homage. Vajiralongkorn took over the throne in 2016 after the death of his father Bhumibol Adulyadej, who ruled for over 70 years and was much loved by the people. [7][8], On 14 October 2016, the body of the late king was carried by an autocade from Siriraj Hospital to the Grand Palace. After the death of King Bhumibol, political activity was paused during a period of mourning that ended in 2017. Buddhist monks then said prayers over the king's remains. [45], As of 12 February 2017, the government pavilion and the Buddhist chapel were under construction. [38][39][40] The construction work for the complex officially commenced on 27 February 2017 with the building of the central column with a September target completion date. ", "Thailand King Bhumibol's death, after 70 years of reign", 60th Anniversary Celebrations of Accession, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Death_and_funeral_of_Bhumibol_Adulyadej&oldid=992127156, Articles with unsourced statements from November 2016, Articles with unsourced statements from October 2020, Pages using multiple image with auto scaled images, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Sultan of Perak and Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong XV, Governor General of Australia and consort, Second Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China, Former Minister of State for External Affairs, Vice Speaker of the National Assembly of South Korea, Deputy chairperson of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, 15 May to 29 September - Practice runs for the chariot carriers, drivers and rope holders in Saraburi and later in Bangkok, 23 May - 1st Service of Holy Merit at the, 9 June - 2nd Service of Holy Merit at the Royal Plaza, Bangkok, 22 August - 3rd Service of Holy Merit at the Royal Plaza, Bangkok, 21 September - National rededication ceremonies for the royal funeral carriages at the Bangkok National Museum, 5 October- Final day for public visitation to the Royal Urn and coffin at the Dusit Maha Phasat Throne Hall of the Grand Palace, Bangkok, 7 October - 1st General practice run of the funeral procession in Bangkok (from the Grand Palace to the Sanam Luang Royal Plaza). He remains as regent until the Thai assembly invites the heir to succeed to the throne, the military government has confirmed. King Maha (second left) marches with the royal guards during the royal procession transferring the royal relics and ashes of the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej in Bangkok Thousands of people have now gathered at the palace complex. At the time he was recognised as king by the National Assembly in March 1935, he was a nine-year-old boy living in Switzerland. The event was unprecedented since it was the first time such a ritual was held for any member of the Thai royal family in an official capacity. King Maha Vajiralongkorn has reportedly gone into self-isolation in a luxury Bavarian hotel with 20 of his concubines ... who was a former acting commander of Royal Thai Aide-de-Camp Department. A royal cremation ceremony took place over five days at the end of October 2017. The Bureau of the Royal Household officially announced his death at 18:45, less than 3 hours after the actual time of his passing. I’ve just chowed down on a passable burger and great fries. After the 15th day, the public were allowed to pay their respects and attend the lying-in-state in the Grand Palace. [56] The practice of making flowers from corn leaves, through, was a modern practice which began in 1925 during the state funeral of King Vajiravudh (Rama VI). 15 October - 2nd General practice run of the funeral procession in Bangkok, 18 October - The ceremonial installation of the, 21 October - 3rd general practice run of the funeral procession in Bangkok, 22 October - 4th and final practice run of the funeral procession in Bangkok and final practice run for the cremation services, 07:00: Morning services of merit and farewell ceremony of the Royal Urn and Coffin, 09:00 - 14:00: Funeral procession from the Dusit Maha Phasat Throne Hall to the Royal Crematorium at the Sanam Luang Royal Plaza. [57] To encourage greater public participation, several Thai provincial capitals had been building replica crematoriums to serve people who cannot be in Bangkok to pay their last respects on the cremation date[58] while both the public and tourists joining the events rode the Bangkok MRT system and the BTS Skytrain lines during the cremation days free of charge, as well as on the public ferries at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem (Hua Lamphong-Thewarat Market) and Khlong Pasicharoen (Phetchkasem 69-Pratunam Pasicharoen) and the Bangkok BRT. [36] Once the cremation is over, the crematorium opens for public visits for a month before being torn down in January 2018. [81], Out of respect for the mourning, many Thai malls, including all Central Pattana and The Mall Group properties, chose not to install extensive Christmas displays and decorations for the holiday season. 17:31: Ceremonial first lighting of the funeral pyre and final honours by the 3rd Battalion. © 2020 BBC. 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Public discussion of the succession can be punishable by lengthy jail terms. "We no longer have him," AFP news agency quoted Phongsri Chompoonuch, 77, one of those who lined the streets for the procession, as saying. The king subsequently developed organ failure owing to hypotension and became dependent on hemodialysis due to kidney failure. France, Germany and Ireland are among those suspending flights from the UK from midnight. .css-1xgx53b-Link{font-family:ReithSans,Helvetica,Arial,freesans,sans-serif;font-weight:700;-webkit-text-decoration:none;text-decoration:none;color:#FFFFFF;}.css-1xgx53b-Link:hover,.css-1xgx53b-Link:focus{-webkit-text-decoration:underline;text-decoration:underline;}Read about our approach to external linking. Though a constitutional monarch with limited official powers, many Thais looked to King Bhumibol to intervene in times of high tension. Thailand's Bhumibol Adulyadej was crowned king on May 5, 1950. Quiz of the Year, part three: Was there any good news? The crown prince, who is 64, is much less well known to Thais and has not attained his father's widespread popularity. [46] The designs of the buildings combine both Thai traditional and modern building design and construction methods. [6], The king died at Siriraj Hospital on 13 October 2016 at 15:52 local time. News reaches the crowd at the hospital that the Thai King is dead. The students were reportedly distressed to lose their jackets due to the cold weather, and many did not own multiple warm articles of clothing. [59] The Ministry of Public Health was expected to deploy huge numbers of medical personnel to serve the public and foreign visitors during these days and provide medical assistance. The Nation reported on 11 May that the funeral crematorium and the monastic pavilion are almost ready for an early completion, the fastest yet for royal funerals in the modern era, and the prefabrication processes for the decorations to be used in the buildings are at the final stage. [52] Given the huge importance of such an event, the official practice runs for this began as early as 15–16 May with the RTA Ordnance Division spearheading the runs simulating the funeral procession of the major chariots at Saraburi province, with two military vehicles to serve as simulators. Former Thai royal Srirasmi (left) was divorced and stripped of her title by King Vajiralongkorn (right). Thai King's former mistress vanishes after public stripping of royal title. [43], On 19 November the Ministry of Culture's Fine Arts Department head Anant Chuchote visited Nakhon Pathom, where the royal funeral urns have been manufactured for centuries out of old sandalwood trees. [11] Special rites attended by King Vajiralongkorn were held to mark the 7th, 15th, 50th and 100th days since the king's death. tweet ; share ; share ; patreon ; donate ; Humid, always humid. His body was brought to the palace in a convoy as mourners lined the streets weeping. Entertainment outlets such as cinemas, nightclubs and theatres announced that they would shut down or operate under reduced hours during this period. The Thai King Is Dead, Long Live the Thai King . They have a point. King Bhumibol's condition became significantly unstable due to evolving acute hepatitis. Ananda Mahidol, posthumous reigning title Phra Athamaramathibodin, was the eighth monarch of Siam from the Chakri dynasty as Rama VIII. Thai King's former mistress vanishes after royal title stripped. Read about our approach to external linking. [77], Upon the announcement of his death, all television channels suspended regular programming and simulcast special programmes from the television pool of Thailand, which consisted of monochrome videos and photos of Bhumibol, and coverage of royal events. It could be months before the late king's cremation. As of 24 September more than 5,500 people signed up to volunteer to serve during the cremation days. ... Bhumibol ascended to the throne in 1946, when his brother, 20-year-old King Ananda Mahidol, was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head in a palace bedroom under circumstances that remain mysterious. Concurrently, the Royal Thai Army began manufacturing a new royal cannon chariot for the state cremation ceremonies, a first after many years, timed to be completed in April 2017 for delivery to the Fine Arts Department of the Ministry of Culture. 5:18. However, on June 9, 1946, just days before the family’s scheduled return to Europe, Ananda was found dead in his bed in Boromphiman Throne Hall at Bangkok’s Grand Place. 'No time to waste': Biden unveils climate team, Why 'disappearing' vaccine needles aren't a scam. 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[44] The department issued a job hiring call in the middle of January 2017 for prospective workers in the Sanam Luang royal crematorium complex and for the needed chariot repair and upgrading works. [33], The public square Sanam Luang used as the cremation ground, where the construction of an elaborate, temporary crematorium was started in early 2017 and took only 8 months to complete. The King of Thailand, Maha Vajiralongkorn, has died of coronavirus in Germany a few days after testing positive for the deadly disease. King Bhumibol was the world's longest-reigning monarch. Thai king self-isolates in luxury hotel with harem of 20 women. His body left Gate 8 of the hospital around 16:30. However, for the remainder of the 30-day mourning period, all broadcasters were forbidden from broadcasting programmes that featured "any element of entertainment, dancing, joy, violence, impoliteness or overly expressed emotion", nor any non-official information, speculation or criticism related to the deceased King and his successor. News websites have turned their pages black and white. Millions watched live on TV. On 14 October 2016, angry ultra-royalist groups in Phuket Province thronged the residence of a man who posted on social media a number of comments which they thought offensive to the late king and violated the lèse-majesté law, despite the local police having declared that the comments were not in breach of the law. The national cremation in the Sanam Luang Plaza took place on 26 October 2017, 13 days after the 1st anniversary of the King's death. Thailand remains under military rule following a coup in 2014. The country has suffered from political violence and upheaval over the past decade, as well as a long-running Muslim separatist insurgency in the southern provinces which sees regular small-scale bomb attacks. King Bhumibol earned the devotion of Thais for his efforts to help the rural poor, including agricultural development projects and works of charity. [49][50] The cannon chariot which was based on those used in British state and royal funerals was officially finished by the end of the month and delivered to the FAD so that the decoration process can begin in time for their debut in the funeral events later in the year.[51]. [62], Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai said of the 42 countries represented, 24 countries had their royal heads of states, heads of states and royal family members attending the ceremony, and 18 countries will have had their deputy heads of states, government leaders, and special representatives attending the ceremony. [84][85] Similar incidents happened on the following day in Phang Nga Province. Asia. New coronavirus variant: What do we know? Given the pivotal role the king has played in maintaining the balance of power in Thailand's volatile political environment, the succession will be a formidable challenge for the government, says the BBC's Jonathan Head in Bangkok. Led by Somdej Phra Vanarata (Chun Brahmagutto), the abbot of Wat Bowonniwet Vihara, the autocade entered the palace via Thewaphirom Gate. Greatest Tank Battles - The Battle of 73 Easting - Duration: 46:17. "I don't know whether I can accept that. [5] Until 28 September 2016, King Bhumibol developed a low grade fever as a consequence of pneumonitis and required further treatment with antibiotics. Spilt coverage across all channels and online: Musical concert and ballet: NBT and NBT World, Channel 7, Channel 8, Mono TV, One Channel, GMM25 and Bright TV, 17:00: Final service of merit before the royal relics and ashes and dinner, Sunday, 29 October - Official final day of the mourning period, 11:35: Ceremony of interment of the royal relics to the Heavenly Abode Room, Chakri Maha Prasat Throne Hall of the Grand Palace, Gen (Rtd) Prayut Chan-o-cha, RTA, the Prime Minister of Thailand and representatives of the national royal funeral committee and Gen Thanchaiyan Srisuwan, RTA, the Chief of Defence Forces, Standard bearer of the Royal Flag of King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX), The Triple-Poled Royal Funeral Palanquin Carriage (, Royal pages and assistants to the Royal Family, 1st Massed military bands of the 1st Division, King's Guard, First Army, RTA, Band of the 1st Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, King's Own Bodyguard, Band of the 3rd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, King's Own Bodyguard, Band of the 1st Battalion, 11th Infantry Regiment, King's Guard, Regimental Band of the Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy, Prakhom band from the Bureau of the Royal Household and 4 Court Brahmins from Devasathan Temple, The Supreme Patriarch's Minor Royal Carriage (Ratcharoth Noi) carrying the designated representative of Ariyavongsagatanana IX, the, Gen (Rtd) Prayut Chan-o-cha, RTA, the Prime Minister of Thailand and representatives of the national royal funeral committee, and Gen Thanchaiyan Srisuwan, RTA, the Chief of Defence Forces, The Grand Royal Funeral Carriage/Royal Great Victory Carriage (, Chirayu Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya, Lord Chamberlain of the Royal Family and Household of Thailand, 2nd Massed military bands of the 1st Division, King's Guard, First Army, RTA, Representatives of schools and business establishments with royal patronage and of the late King's royal projects, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, King's Own Bodyguard, 5th Battalion, 11th Infantry Regiment, King's Guard, This page was last edited on 3 December 2020, at 17:14. King of Thailand dead: World's longest reigning monarch King Bhumibol Adulyadej dies aged 88. The event was live broadcast on television by the television pool of Thailand. Thai King dead at 88. [35] The government granted one billion baht, deducted from central budget, to cover the construction. Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn has dismissed Sineenat Bilaskalayani, born Niramon Aunprom and also known as Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi, as his official concubine – a title she was granted in a rare ceremony earlier this year.The 34-year-old consort was stripped of her title “Chao Khun Phra” as well as all military ranks and decorations for “disloyalty to the king” and “acting against the appointment of the … International channels were also blacked out and replaced by this programming. .css-14iz86j-BoldText{font-weight:bold;}Thousands of Thais have gathered at Bangkok's royal palace for late-night vigils to mourn King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died on Thursday. Jazz, haute couture and trade talks: the Thai royals in Australia 'The people's King': Bhumibol Adulyadej's 70-year reign 'Long Live The King': Thailand mourns monarch; King Maha Vajiralongkorn had gone into self-isolation inside a luxury hotel in Germany. Tomorrow, after all, Thailand is closed for mourning, and I have a … .css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link{color:inherit;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited{color:#696969;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited{-webkit-text-decoration:none;text-decoration:none;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link:hover,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited:hover,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link:focus,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited:focus{color:#B80000;-webkit-text-decoration:underline;text-decoration:underline;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link::after,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited::after{content:'';position:absolute;top:0;right:0;bottom:0;left:0;z-index:2;}Nations impose UK travel bans over new variant. Following burial, the mourning period officially ended on midnight of 30 October 2017 and Thais have resumed wearing regular colours. On 14 October 2016, the body of the late king was carried by an autocade from Siriraj Hospital to the Grand Palace. [4] The king had a high fever due to sepsis, which improved following antibiotics treatment. However, his critics argued he had endorsed military takeovers and at times had failed to speak out against human rights abuses. The cabinet declared Friday a government holiday, and flags are to fly at half-mast for the next 30 days. As the cortege passed Arun Ammarin Road, Phra Pin Klao Bridge, and Ratchadamnoen Road, crowds of Thais, most clad in black and many openly sobbing, paid homage. Upon arrival at the palace, the body was given the bathing rite, presided over by the late king's son, King Vajiralongkorn. The world’s longest-reigning monarch, Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej, has died, the royal palace confirmed this evening (Oct. 13). 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