Goodbye with style

It was a painstakingly prepared farewell to a much-loved and revered 94-year-old princess. The end of an era. A spectacular ceremony whose grandeur, pomp and pageantry will maybe never be seen again.

Such were three of the descriptions of yesterday's dramatic cremation in Bali's cultural capital, Ubud, of the island's last active royal, Tjokorda Istri Muter. The remains of her relatives were cremated at the same time.

Tens of thousands of people - standing 25-deep in places - lined the mile route of the royal procession from the palace where Tjokorda Muter's family had ruled for generations until first the Dutch colonialists and then, after independence, the Indonesian government stripped them of their formal powers.

Tjok Muter's body was placed inside the model of a bull