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  • Elephants doused in powder to appear an auspicious white, stand to attention and trumpet at a ceremony to mark one year since King Bhumibol Adulyadej's death, Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, in the ancient royal capital Ayuttahya, Thailand. Mourners clad in black stood in front of the elephants and fell silent for 89 seconds from 3.52 p.m., marking the official time of Bhumibol's death in what Thailand's Buddhist culture recognized as his 89th year. Then they sang an uplifting royal anthem and held pictures of Bhumibol above their heads while others prostrated on the ground. (AP Photo)

  • Elephants doused in powder to appear an auspicious white, stand to attention and trumpet at a ceremony to mark one year since King Bhumibol Adulyadej's death Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, in the ancient royal capital Ayuttahya, Thailand. Mourners clad in black stood in front of the elephants and fell silent for 89 seconds from 3.52 p.m., marking the official time of Bhumibol's death in what Thailand's Buddhist culture recognized as his 89th year. Then they sang an uplifting royal anthem and held pictures of Bhumibol above their heads while others prostrated on the ground. (AP Photo)

  • Elephants doused in white powder, an auspicious color, stand in attention during a ceremony marking one year since King Bhumibol Adulyadej's death, Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, in the ancient royal capital Ayuttahya, Thailand. Mourners clad in black stood in front of the elephants and fell silent for 89 seconds from 3.52 p.m., marking the official time of Bhumibol's death in what Thailand's Buddhist culture recognized as his 89th year. Then they sang an uplifting royal anthem and held pictures of Bhumibol above their heads while others prostrated on the ground. (AP Photo)

  • Elephants doused in powder to appear an auspicious white, stand to attention and trumpet at a ceremony to mark one year since King Bhumibol Adulyadej's death Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, in the ancient royal capital Ayuttahya, Thailand. Mourners clad in black stood in front of the elephants and fell silent for 89 seconds from 3.52 p.m., marking the official time of Bhumibol's death in what Thailand's Buddhist culture recognized as his 89th year. Then they sang an uplifting royal anthem and held pictures of Bhumibol above their heads while others prostrated on the ground. (AP Photo)

  • Elephants doused in white powder, an auspicious color, stand in attention as mourners display currency notes with pictures of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej at a ceremony marking one year since his death Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, in the ancient royal capital Ayuttahya, Thailand. Mourners clad in black stood in front of the elephants and fell silent for 89 seconds from 3.52 p.m., marking the official time of Bhumibol's death in what Thailand's Buddhist culture recognized as his 89th year. Then they sang an uplifting royal anthem and held pictures of Bhumibol above their heads while others prostrated on the ground. (AP Photo)

Friday, October 13, 2017 7:13 am

Thai elephants in tribute to late king at ancient capital

The Associated Press

AYUTTHAYA, Thailand (AP) Eleven Thai elephants, doused in powder to appear an auspicious white, stood at attention and trumpeted grandly at a ceremony Friday in Thailand's ancient royal capital, Ayutthaya, marking one year since King Bhumibol Adulyadej's death. Mourners clad in black stood in front of the elephants and fell silent for 89 seconds from 3:52 p.m., the official time of Bhumibol's death in what Thailand's Buddhist culture recognized as his 89th year. Then they sang an uplifting royal anthem and held pictures of Bhumibol above their heads while others prostrated on the ground.