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Thailand's yearlong mourning for King Bhumibol comes to a close

Government officials, civilians will stop wearing black as normalcy returns

Grieving crowds dressed in black gathered around the Royal Palace to bid their final farewell to the late King Bhumibol in Bangkok, Oct. 29. (Photo by Shinya Sawai)

BANGKOK -- The five-day cremation ceremony of Thailand's late King Bhumibol Adulyadej ended on Sunday after the cremated remains were placed at their final resting places in the sixth and last procession led by royal family members including King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, the late monarch's successor and only son.

Some of the late king's relics were enshrined at a hall inside the Royal Palace while ashes held in two pots were conveyed to royal temples outside the palace, namely Wat Rajabopidh and Wat Bovoranives. The remaining relics will stay with royal family members.

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