Hundreds of Thousands of People Expected to Join the Royal Cremation of Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana (19/06/2008)
Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to participate in the royal cremation ceremony for Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana Krom Luang Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra at the Sanam Luang ceremonial site in Bangkok.

Deputy Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat, in his capacity as Chairman of the Committee on the Organizing of the Royal Cremation Ceremony, said that the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and the Metropolitan Police Bureau were assigned to find suitable sites for the installation of large television sets at Sanam Luang for people to view the ceremony. Relief centers will be established near Sanam Luang and Ratchadamnoen Klang Avenue to provide food, drinking water, toilets, and first aid to the people joining the ceremony.

The Deputy Prime Minister told a meeting of the committee that His Majesty the King had approved the program on the royal cremation of Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana. According to the program, the process of the royal cremation ceremony consists of several events. The first event will be held on Friday, November 14, at 5:30 p.m., when a royal merit-making ceremony will take place at Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall in the Grand Palace compound.

On Saturday, November 15, at 7:00 a.m., the royal urn will be carried in a procession from Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall to the royal crematorium at Sanam Luang. The first part of the cremation ceremony will begin at 4:30 p.m., when sandalwood flowers will be offered to the general public at eight pavilions, and the cremation will take place at 10:00 p.m. Various temples in Bangkok and the provinces will also provide these flowers for ceremonies to be held simultaneously nationwide. About 3,000 people, comprising members of the Royal Family, the Cabinet, Parliament, Parliament, and the diplomatic corps, as well as senior officials and representatives of the private sector, are expected to attend this historic event at Sanam Luang.

A ceremony for relic collection will take place on Sunday, November 16, at 8:00 a.m. The royal urn containing royal relics will be enshrined at Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall, while royal ashes will be enshrined at Phra Si Rattana Chedi in the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.

On Monday, November 17, at 4:30 p.m., a merit-making ceremony to pay homage to the royal relics will be held at Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall. The following morning, on Tuesday, November 18, at 10:30 a.m., a merit-making ceremony will take place at Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall before the royal urn containing the royal relics will be moved to be enshrined at Chakri Maha Prasat Throne Hall, also in the Grand Palace compound.

On Wednesday, November 19, the royal ashes will be moved to be enshrined at Rangsi Vadhana Memorial, Wat Ratchabophit Sathitmahasimaram in Bangkok.

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