Leaflets Prepared for Princess Cremation

Mourners attending the cremation of HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana will receive leaflets about the Princess's life and work. Culture Minister Khunying Khaisri Sri-aroon said the Office of His Majesty's Principal Private Secretary would prepare the leaflets, both in Thai and English. However, the cremation date of the Princess has not been announced. Meanwhile, the Royal Household Bureau and the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department selected three aloewood trees from which a royal urn will be made. Today, royal astrologers will bless the three trees at Kui Buri National Park, Prachuap Khiri Khan province. The aloewood trees died naturally.

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HM the Queen Orders Shelter and Mats for Princess Mourners

Her Majesty the Queen has instructed officials to set up 10 tents with mats to provide shelter for people waiting to pay their respects to HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana at the Grand Palace's Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall. Her Majesty said she was concerned for the mourners, many of whom had been waiting outside in the hot sun since early morning to pay tribute to the late Princess. She also instructed officials to lay mats on the floor so that people could sit and wait. Meanwhile, PM's Office Minister Khunying Dhipavadee Meksawan said yesterday's Cabinet meeting decided not to rule on extending to 100 days the period for civil servants to wear black and white as part of the mourning for the Princess. Instead they would be encouraged to do so on a voluntary basis.

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Mourning for Late Princess Will Be Extended for State Employees

The government will extend the period requiring state officials and employees to wear black and white clothes in mourning for HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana from 15 days to 100 days. Secretary-General of the Office of Civil Service Commission, Preecha Vajrabhaya, said Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont, who had a meeting with senior officials from ministries yesterday, agreed to end the mourning dress code on April 10, The PM's Office Secretariat will propose the matter to the Cabinet today. Thai citizens in Sydney and New South Wales also expressed sadness upon the Princess's passing and chose to wear black and white attire. The Thai Consulate has set up a memorial for the Princess to enable them to pay their respects and sign their names until January 18.

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A Major Gathering of Athletes with Physical Disabilities for the 4th ASEAN Para Games in Thailand

One of major sport events to be organized in Thailand soon is no doubt the 4th ASEAN Para Games. It will take place in the northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima from 20 to 26 January 2008.

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Athletes in the 4th ASEAN Para Games to Join the Mourning of the Death of Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana

Athletes in the upcoming 4th ASEAN Para Games will join Thai people in mourning the death of Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana Krom Luang Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra.

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Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana’s Love and Care for Disabled People

Because she cared about people with disabilities, Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana Krom Luang Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra contributed to charitable causes and lent her royal patronage to several foundations that provided assistance for the disabled.

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Karen Pay Their Respects to Late Princess in Chiang Mai

Three hundred Karen yesterday held a ceremony to pay homage to HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana and paid tribute to her efforts in improving public health for fellow highlanders. The Karen, in their traditional uniforms normally worn for important events, jointly prayed for the Princess in the Karen dialect in front of her portrait at the Chiang Mai provincial hall. They said they felt grateful to the Princess for despatching mobile medical units to offer check-ups and treatment to the ethnic minorities who had trouble accessing medical help.

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Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana: A Patroness of Classical Music and Traditional Thai Puppet Performance

Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana Krom Luang Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra was keen on arts and culture. Her love of classical music was evident and her support provided to the Joe Louis Theater, a famous Thai puppet troupe, helped in the preservation of Thai cultural heritage.

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Their Majesties Preside over Late Princess Rites

Their Majesties the King and Queen presided over the merit-making ceremony at the Dusit Maha Prasart Throne Hall for HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana this morning. Crowds of Thais were waiting on both sides of the entrance to the Grand Palace, which houses the throne hall, waiting for Their Majesties. The people wore black to mourn for the Princess' death. Thirty monks were at the venue to hold the religious rituals. The late Princess was honored on yesterday by His Majesty the King with a seven-tiered umbrella, which will be placed over her royal funeral urn.

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Princess Galyani Receives Royal Honor for Funeral

His Majesty the King yesterday bestowed the highest honor to Princess Galyani Vadhana, his elder sister, with a seven-tier white umbrella for her funeral rites, by Royal Command. The seven-tier white umbrella will now be raised over the royal urn instead of the five-tier umbrella. The Royal Command said HM the King considered Princess Galyani Vadhana as his honorable sister as they had been very close and she always favored him when they were young. The late Princess also devoted herself tirelessly to help Thai citizens in various aspects through a variety of foundations and institutions. HM the King said HRH the Princess should be bestowed the realm's highest honor.



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