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250,000 mourn king of Thailand.

Byline: STEPHEN WHITE

WEEPING mourners crowded into Bangkok for King Bhumibol Adulyadej's lavish funeral procession.

On streets lined with 250,000 people, the king's body was transported in a huge gold chariot, pulled by 200 men and followed by a guard of honour. More than 80,000 security personnel were deployed, and drones were banned in a 15-mile radius.

It brings to an end a year of official mourning in Thailand since the King, 88, died last October. Officials have worn only black since then.

Crowned in 1950, he was revered as a demigod and [euro]78million was set aside for his funeral. Last night's cremation was in a specially built three-tiered, 150ft-high gold temple. It had nine gilded spires and was adorned with images, including statues of his dogs.

His son King Maha Vajiralongkorn, 65, led the funeral service, watched by dignitaries including Prince Andrew.

s.white@mirror.co.uk

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Date:Oct 27, 2017
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