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15 November 2008 :: 15:11:42 pm 40568

Royal Cremation Ceremony of Late Princess Galyani Vadhana Begins

BANGKOK, Nov 15 - The Royal cremation ceremony of Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana, elder sister of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, began early Saturday as the royal urn was moved from Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall in the Grand Palace to the royal crematorium at Sanam Luang.
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His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn and Her Royal Highness Princess Sirindhorn presided over the royal funeral of Princess Galyani Vadhana early Satuday morning as thousands of black-clad Thais waited along the streets where the procession was scheduled to pass to pay their last respects to the late Princess.

Princess Galyani passed away on January 2 this year at the age of 84 after a long battle with abdominal cancer.

The processions involved in the rare event were arranged in accordance with the royal traditions to honour the late Princess.

Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn lighted joss sticks and candles in deference to the royal remains and also to the monks before the royal urn was relocated from Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall to Sanam Luang where a seven-tiered crematorium has been temporarily set up to house the princess’ remains before an evening cremation.

After the elaborate ceremony at the palace, a golden palanquin carrying the remains moved slowly out of the Throne Hall within the Grand Palace compound to be placed upon Phra Maha Phichai Ratcharot, the Great Victory Chariot, waiting in front of Wat Phra Chetuphon or Wat Pho.

The royal urn will be transferred by Phra Yannamas Sam Lamkhan, the Royal Golden Palanquin with three poles. A total of 668 soldiers joined the procession.

Then the royal urn was transferred upon Phra Maha Phichai Ratcharot to the royal crematorium at the Sanam Luang ceremonial site. It proceeded along Sanam Chai Road, pass Ratchadamnoen Nai Road, and finally turn left to the central road that crosses Sanam Luang. Joining the procession was 2,746 soldiers.

After arriving at Sanam Luang, the royal urn was carried by Phra Yannamas Sam Lamkhan to circle counter-clockwise three times around the royal crematorium. Then the royal urn will be moved to the royal crematorium. Three hundred severty three soldiers were involved in the procession.

His Majesty the King will preside over the ceremony beginning at 4.30 pm and extending into the evening.

A royal merit-making ceremony for the ashes will take place at the Grand Palace from November 1 6-18 and the ashes will be placed at the royal temple, Wat Ratchabophit Sathit Maha Simaram on November 19.

During three days of national mourning from November 14-16, national flags will fly at half mast, while the six-day royal cremation ceremony is scheduled between November 14-19. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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