Despite his frail health, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, 84, ventured out in a wheelchair to bid farewell to Princess Bejaratana Rajasuda in an opulent cremation ceremony in Bangkok. Princess Bejaratana, only son of King Rama VI, died from a blood infection at the age of 85 in July last year, and had lain in state at the Dusit Maha Prasart Throne Hall in the Grand Palace. The royal chariot where her urn was placed was pulled by 200 men. The photos below details the solemn ceremony.
King Edward VIII leaped into financial uncertainty the moment he signed the Instrument of Abdication on December 10, 1936. That same day, Edward, now known as Duke of Windsor, entered into an agreement with his younger brother and successor, King George VI, that secured him £25,000 annually for the rest of his life. However, the King later renounced this agreement and instead offered him a smaller amount which would cease upon the King's death. The condition is that Edward should never step into British soil unless invited by government.