Bangkok: Thailand King Bhumibol Adulyadej who died last year will be cremated on October 26. He died at the age of 88 after occupying the throne for 70 years.

The date has been proposed by a government committee and approved by King Vajiralongkorn - Bhumibol's son and successor. The ceremony will last five days, according to a statement by Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam. After the cremation, Thailand will start preparing for the coronation of Vajiralongkorn, who ascended the throne in December but wasn't formally crowned.

King Bhumibol passed away last year after battling a long illness that kept him hospitalised for most of his life’s last 10 years

King Bhumibol passed away on October 13 last year after battling a long illness that kept him hospitalised for most of his life's last 10 years. Bhumibol Adulyadej, revered in the country as a symbol of unity, ruled under the title of Rama IX, and was the only monarch most Thai people have known.