Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn graciously attended the first meeting for 2017 of the Royal Cremation Organizing Committee, chaired by Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha, at the Santi Maitri Building, Government House, on 1 March 2017. The Prime Minister also took this opportunity to extend an official invitation to Her Royal Highness to take on the mantle of adviser to the ceremony.
The meeting began with an announcement from the committee requesting His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun to undertake the royal funeral ceremony and all related ceremonies in a manner befitting His Majesty the late King’s grace, and for the public to be allowed to view the proceedings. The meeting then proceeded to review the wishes and doctrines of the late King, as well as instructions bestowed by Her Royal Highness. The Princess requested that an itinerary be drafted for the ceremony and submitted to her for review.
Although the dates had not yet been finalized, a draft schedule for the important occasion was released after the meeting, which stated that the ceremonies would transpire over five days. The five-day schedule includes a royal merit-making ceremony at the Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall, a royal cremation ceremony at Sanam Luang, a ceremony for collecting the royal remains, and another royal merit-making ceremony to bless the remains. Furthermore, there will also be performances and an exhibition in honor of the late King during the five days.