Thais gather 10 months after for Royal funeral

Thai royal officials and military personnel pull the royal chariot during the funeral ceremony

BANGKOK, Nov 15, (AFP) -Tens of thousands of black-clad Thais massed in Bangkok Saturday for the lavish cremation of the king's elder sister, a brief moment of unity for the Buddhist kingdom at a time of political crisis.

Soldiers in crimson ceremonial outfits, buglers and drummers marched solemnly alongside a two-centuries-old golden teak chariot carrying the remains of Princess Galyani on a winding day-long procession.

Galyani, the sister of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, died of cancer on January 2 at the age of 84. Costing at least 300 million baht (8.9 million dollars), it is the first full royal funeral here since 1996.

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