Elephants help mark year since Thai kings' death

Elephants help mark year since Thai kings' death

<p>Mourners in the ancient Thai capital of Ayutthaya enlisted a herd of elephants to help them mark the anniversary of the death of revered King Bhumibhol Adulyadej, on Friday (October 13).</p> <p>Eleven animals from a local camp trumpeted and reared on their back legs as hundreds of black-clad mourners sang the Thai royal anthem, against a backdrop of the city’s temples.</p> <p>The elephants had been covered in powder to make them resemble auspicious “white elephants” which have a long association with Thai royalty. <br /> King Bhumibhol died a year ago after a 70-year reign and was widely revered.</p> <p>His son, King Vajiralongkorn, succeeded him.<br /> Thais have marked the anniversary with prayers, merit-making and an 89 second silence, at the moment he passed away.</p>

<p>Mourners in the ancient Thai capital of Ayutthaya enlisted a herd of elephants to help them mark the anniversary of the death of revered King Bhumibhol Adulyadej, on Friday (October 13).</p> <p>Eleven animals from a local camp trumpeted and reared on their back legs as hundreds of black-clad mourners sang the Thai royal anthem, against a backdrop of the city’s temples.</p> <p>The elephants had been covered in powder to make them resemble auspicious “white elephants” which have a long association with Thai royalty. <br /> King Bhumibhol died a year ago after a 70-year reign and was widely revered.</p> <p>His son, King Vajiralongkorn, succeeded him.<br /> Thais have marked the anniversary with prayers, merit-making and an 89 second silence, at the moment he passed away.</p>