Thailand grinds to a halt for King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s five-day funeral in Bangkok
Liam Cochrane reports from the Bangkok about the incredible funeral for the late King Bhumibol of Thailand. The elaborate five day ceremony at the golden royal crematorium is labelled as ‘heaven on earth’ for the devout Royalist Thai Nation most of whom have never seen such a spectacle. King Bhumipol ruled for 70 years before passing away on 13th October 2016.
Australian horses used in ceremony
There is an Australian link to this royal event.
Most of the horses used by the ceremonial King’s guard are either Australian or the offspring of Australian horses.
They will form an honour guard on the final day, as the King’s ashes are moved to their final resting place.
“Just a few weeks ago, the Royal Thai Army bought 55 new Australian horses to take part in this event,” Australia’s Ambassador to Thailand Paul Robilliard said:
“We’re very proud and pleased that Australian horses are going to be part of that honour guard.”
Australia’s Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and Lady Cosgrove will represent Australia at the event.
In fact the vast majority of the ceremonial horses were sourced through a passionate local agent in Murrurundi.