Thailand Princess Bejaratana Rajasuda Sirisobhabannavadi's Royal Cremation [PHOTOS]

on April 10 2012 1:39 AM

The Kingdom of Thailand held an opulent cremation ceremony on Monday in honor of the late Princess Bejaratana Rajasuda, who died in July 2011.

People gathered in thousands along the streets of Bangkok, as an assembly of soldiers pulling the royal chariot bearing the princess's remains in a golden urn made their way to the royal crematorium in Sanam Luang, said a report from Agence France-Presse.

Members of the royal family, including Thailand's top-ranking officials attended the elaborate ceremony. King Bhumibol Adulyadej together with his wife Queen Sirikit also attended the memorial rites, lighting candles and incense at the ceremonial ground. The frail King, who is first cousin to the late Princess, is expected to return to Siriraj hospital, where he's been confined since 2009 for respiratory problems.

Princess Bejaratana, who was the only child of King Rama VI, died aged 85 from a blood infection last year. Ever since her remains had been laid at the Dusit Maha Prasart Throne Hall in the Grand Palace at the heart of the capital.

Take a look at Princess Rajasuda's cremation ceremony held on Monday.

Royal Cremation of Late Princess Bejaratana

Thailand's King Bhumibol leaves Siriraj hospital to preside over a cremation ceremony for his cousin Princess Bejaratana in Bangkok Reuters

Royal Cremation of Late Princess Bejaratana

A mourner prays while military men use their radios as the royal urn of Princess Bejaratana Rajasuda Sirisobhabannavadi is escorted to the cremation pyre in Bangkok Reuters

Royal Cremation of Late Princess Bejaratana

Royal guards escort the royal urn of Princess Bejaratana Rajasuda Sirisobhabannavadi to the cremation pyre in Bangkok Reuters

Royal Cremation of Late Princess Bejaratana

The royal chariot with the urn of Princess Bejaratana Rajasuda Sirisobhabannavadi is pulled by men dressed in ancient uniforms to the cremation pyre in Bangkok Reuters

Royal Cremation of Late Princess Bejaratana

The royal chariot with the urn of Princess Bejaratana Rajasuda Sirisobhabannavadi is taken to the cremation pyre in Bangkok Reuters

Royal Cremation of Late Princess Bejaratana

Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra takes a part in a procession to escort the royal urn of Princess Bejaratana Rajasuda Sirisobhabannavadi in Bangkok Reuters

Royal Cremation of Late Princess Bejaratana

The royal chariot with the urn of Princess Bejaratana Rajasuda Sirisobhabannavadi is pulled to the cremation pyre in Bangkok Reuters

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