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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Learning More about Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana

Recognized as a role model and rare treasure of Thailand, Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana Krom Luang Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra won the hearts of people from all walks of life. Her lifelong dedication to the betterment of the people left the country in grief when she passed away on January 2.

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International Community Joins Thais in Mourning the Death of Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana

Thai people, whether they are in the country or overseas, feel a great sense of sadness at the death of Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana Krom Luang Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra. The international community has also joined Thais in mourning the passing away of the Princess, the elder sister of His Majesty the King.

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Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana as a Devoted Educator

Recognized as a natural teacher, Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana Krom Luang Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra devoted herself to improving education for young people. The death of Her Royal Highness on January 2 was a great blow to persons in education circles.

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Fifty People Allowed to Pay Tribute to Late Princess at a Time

The Bureau of the Royal Household has arranged that 50 people will be allowed at a time to pay tribute to late HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana Krom Luang Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra in front of her portrait at Sala Saha Thai Samakhom inside Bangkok's Grand Palace to ensure that the pavilion will not be too crowded. The Bureau has officially announced that people can pay tribute at this venue from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on January 3-9. After that, the people can pay respect in front of her royal coffin at nearby Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. However, the Bureau of the Royal Household has opened the pavilion half an hour to one hour before schedule so far due to long lines of people from all walks of life waiting to pay respect to the late Princess, who passed away on January 2, after a six-month treatment at Bangkok's Siriraj Hospital for abdominal cancer.

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16 Nations Express Sorrow over Princess' Death

Sixteen countries, along with a U.N. agency, have added messages of condolence over the death of Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana. A Foreign Ministry spokesman said the messages were from Japan, Kuwait, France, Myanmar, Singapore, Bulgaria, Bhutan, Cambodia, Bahrain, China, South Korea, Nigeria, Russia, Ukraine, Laos, and Nepal. United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific sent a separate condolence statement. Many representatives of foreign missions in Thailand also turned up in person to pay their last respects to the Princess at the Grand Palace where her body is lying in state.

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Treasury Department to Produce Memorial Coins of Late Princess

The Treasury Department will make memorial coins to commemorate the death of HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana. Deputy chief of the Treasury Department Jaruwan Jantimapong said the department is working on the model of the coins. She said three types of memorial coins are expected to be produced -- those that are made of gold, silver, and bronze. The department will inform public the price and time they can buy the memorial coins.



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