One Word Sunday: History

The Grand Palace, Bangkok

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In January 2004 the grandson of the then King of Thailand, King Bhumibol, was killed in the tsunami that swept through much of S.E. Asia. Born Bhumi Jensen in 1983, he was the son of the King’s eldest daughter, Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya and her former American husband Peter Jensen. He was also a nephew of the current ruler of Thailand, King Vajiralongkorn. Khun Poom died at Khao Lak in Southern Thailand.

We were in Thailand at the time and we were honoured to be invited by Thai friends to attend the lying-in state for the young Prince at the Royal Palace in Bangkok which was by invitation only. Both men and women dressed in the stipulated black attire. We sat on chairs and were served snacks, conversation was muted and respectful. These are a few of the photographs I took at the time, not good because although photography was permitted, it had to be very discreet and done from one’s position in the room, no flash allowed of course, nor tripods permitted. I don’t think I should have been smiling in the photograph, but at least one of my Thai friends was also smiling!

January 24th, 2005.

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