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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A 300-million-baht Budget Has Been Approved for Royal Funeral

The Cabinet yesterday approved a 300-million-baht budget for the royal cremation of HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana. The money will be drawn from the 2008 central budget set aside for emergency purposes. Group Captain Arvuth Ngernchuklin, designer of the royal crematorium, said HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn favored the blueprint design which was in the shape of a traditional Thai pavilion with four porticos and a seven-tiered spire. The design will also be presented to His Majesty the King for royal advice. Minister to the Prime Minister's Office Khunying Dhipavadee Meksawan said Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont has sent letters requesting HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn and HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn to be advisers to the committee which oversees the royal cremation.

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Thai King and Queen Perform Merit Making for Late Princess

Their Majesties the King and Queen, together with members of the royal family, attended a Buddhist religious rite at Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall inside Bangkok's Grand Palace this evening, in which a royal merit making was made for the late HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana Krom Luang Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra on the seventh day after the late Princess's passing away. The Princess passed away peacefully on 2 January 2008 at the age of 84 after having been treated at Bangkok's Siriraj Hospital for abdominal cancer for six months.

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Preparations for the Royal Cremation Ceremony for Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana

The Government has formed five committees in preparation for the royal cremation ceremony for Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana Krom Luang Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra. The Thai nation lost one of the most revered members of the Royal Family on 2 January 2008, when Her Royal Highness passed away peacefully at the age of 84.

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Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana and Her Buddhist Principles and Practices

Like her two brothers, His Majesty King Ananda Mahidol and His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana Krom Luang Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra strictly upheld Buddhist principles in leading her life. It was the late Princess Mother’s teachings that had a great influence on the habits and conduct of her daughter and sons.

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Seven-tier Umbrella Chosen for Funeral Service of HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana

HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn yesterday selected the final design for a pavilion to be built in Sanam Luang to house the funeral service of HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana. To honor her late aunt, the Princess has chosen to decorate the pavilion with a seven-tier white Sawettachatra umbrella, with the permission of His Majesty the King, although the highest decoration previously designated for Princess Galyani had been a five-tier umbrella. The pavilion, chosen from two shortlisted models, will take six to seven months to build, according to Fine Arts Department. The chosen design has a castle-style high-ceiling roof, four balconies and is decorated entirely with traditional wall ornaments. It will house an altar that accommodates the body of the Princess and a crematorium.

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Treasury Department Produces Commemorative Coins for Late Princess

The Ministry of Finance's Treasury Department will produce commemorative coins as a tribute to HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana Krom Luang Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra. The coins will be vailable on the day of the royal cremation ceremony of the late Princess. Proceeds from sales of the coins will be donated to foundations under the royal patronage of the late Princess. Meanwhile, a senior Fine Arts Department official said today that a draft design of the royal crematorium for the late Princess had been completed and would be presented to His Majesty the King for consideration.



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