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Princess Bejaratana, the only child of late King Vajiravudh, died in July 2011 from a blood infection at the age of 85 and had lain in state since then. Her remains were transported April 9 in a large golden urn atop a gilded teak chariot pulled by more than 200 men ahead of her cremation in Bangkok.

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The royal chariot with the urn of Princess Bejaratana Rajasuda Sirisobhabannavadi is pulled by men in ancient uniforms to the cremation pyre in Bangkok April 9, 2012. Princess Bejaratana, who was the only child of King Vajiravudh, Rama VI passed away on July 27, 2011, aged 85. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom (THAILAND - Tags: ROYALS PROFILE OBITUARY)

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The Sanam Luang royal ground, foreground, is lighted as the royal cremation of Princess Bejaratana Rajasuda Sirisobhabannavadi is held there, in front of the temple of the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok, Thailand Monday, April 9, 2012. Princess Bejaratana was the only child of King Vajiravudh (Rama VI) and was a first cousin of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the present king ofThailand. The Princess passed away on July 27, 2011 at the age of 86.(AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

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The royal chariot with the urn of Princess Bejaratana Rajasuda Sirisobhabannavadi is taken to the cremation pyre in Bangkok April 9, 2012. Princess Bejaratana, who was the only child of King Vajiravudh, Rama VI passed away on July 27, 2011, aged 85. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom (THAILAND - Tags: ROYALS ENTERTAINMENT PROFILE OBITUARY)

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A royal guard cools down as the royal urn of Princess Bejaratana Rajasuda Sirisobhabannavadi is escorted to the cremation pyre in Bangkok April 9, 2012. Princess Bejaratana, who was the only child of King Vajiravudh, Rama VI, passed away on July 27, 2011, aged 85. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom (THAILAND - Tags: ROYALS ENTERTAINMENT MILITARY OBITUARY)

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Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej leaves the Siriraj hospital to preside over a cremation ceremony for his cousin Princess Bejaratana Rajasuda Sirisobhabannavadi in Bangkok April 9, 2012. Princess Bejaratana, who was the only child of King Vajiravudh, Rama VI, passed away on July 27, 2011, aged 85. REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang (THAILAND - Tags: ROYALS POLITICS)

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A mourner prays while military men use their radios as the royal urn of Princess Bejaratana Rajasuda Sirisobhabannavadi is escorted to the cremation pyre in Bangkok April 9, 2012. Princess Bejaratana, who was the only child of King Vajiravudh, Rama VI, passed away on July 27, 2011, aged 85. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (THAILAND - Tags: ROYALS RELIGION OBITUARY)

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Royal guards are offered refreshment from the heat as the royal urn of Princess Bejaratana Rajasuda Sirisobhabannavadi is escorted to the cremation pyre in Bangkok April 9, 2012. Princess Bejaratana, who was the only child of King Vajiravudh, Rama VI, passed away on July 27, 2011, aged 85. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (THAILAND - Tags: ROYALS RELIGION OBITUARY)