Despite the emergency in Thailand, elaborate and ancient rituals were observed when the body of Princess Kromluang Tipatarat, an aunt of the King, was taken in procession to the funeral pyre.
L.V. FUNERAL PROCESSION.
S.V. URN PASSING IN PROCESSION.
S.V. RELATIVES FOLLOWING IN PROCESSION.
L.V. URN BEING PUT ON TO PYRE.
C.U. PRINCE OF NAKORNSAWAN.
C.U. PRINCESS OF NAKORNSAWAN.
L.V. DIPLOMATS AND GUESTS SEATED IN PAVILION.
G.V. PAN DITTO.
S.V. KING AND QUEEN ARRIVES AND ENTER PAVILION:
L.V. GUESTS SEATED FOR CEREMONY OUTSIDE PAVILION.
S.V. PAN MUSICIANS PLAYING INSTRUMENTS.
L.V. KING AND QUEEN LEAVING PYRE AFTER INITIATING THE CREMATING OF THE BODY.
S.V. FORMER QUEEN RAMPAIPANEE. UP STEPS OF PYRE.
C.U. URN ON PYRE.
S.V. FORMER QUEEN RAMPAIPANEE PERFORMING ACT OF CREMATING.
S.V. DIPLOMAT PERFORMING ACT OF CREMATING.
L.V. VARIOUS DIPLOMATS UP STEPS OF PYRE.
C.U. AMBASSADOR JOHNSON (U.S.) PERFORMING CEREMONY.
S.V. KING AND QUEEN LOOKING ON FROM SEAT IN BALCONY.
L.V. PEOPLE DOWN STEPS OF PYRE.
Initials S-D. A.S./RL.
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Background: Despite the emergency in Thailand, elaborate and ancient rituals were observed when the body of Princess Kromluang Tipatarat, an aunt of the King, was taken in procession to the funeral pyre. While Bangkok was subjected to military patrols, the funeral progressed solemnly in Eastern splendour.
The King and Queen of Thailand led the mourners in the time-honoured rites, placing candles and flowers on the pyre. When tradition had been satisfied the pyre was lit.