Thai Nation Farewells its Greatest King

BANKOK, 24 October 2017 Royals, presidents  and other dignitaries from at least 30 countries will attend the Royal Cremation of HM the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, 26 October, Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai reported late last week.

The final count has not ben confirmed as more countries are expected to attend.

Royal dignitaries who will attend the Royal Cremation include Bhutan’s King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema; Queen Mathilde of Belgium, Queen Maxima of the Netherlands as well as Prince Akishino, the younger son of Japan’s Emperor Akihito, and his wife, Princess Kiko. Singapore President Halimah Yacob will also attend.

The Royal Cremation of His Majesty the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej 25 to 29 October 2017.

Thursday, 26 October, is the actual Royal Cremation Day, and it has been declared a public holiday by the Thai Cabinet to allow people to participate in paying their  final respects and tributes to His Majesty the late King. Ceremonies that are part of the Royal Cremation will last five days, 25 to 29 October.

Thursday, 26 October: The Royal Cremation

0700: The Royal Urn is moved from Dusit Maha Prasad Throne Hall to the Royal Crematorium.

Venues: Dusit Maha Prasad Throne Hall;

Elevated Royal Pavilion in front of Wat Phra Chetuphon;

Royal Crematorium;

Elevated Royal Pavilion at the Ceremonial Site.

Dress Code: Full dress, Order of the Royal House of Chakri, or Order of the White Elephant – mourning

1730: Symbolic Royal Cremation

Venues: Royal Merit-Making Pavilion;

Royal Crematorium.

Dress Code: Full dress, Order of the Royal House of Chakri – mourning.

2200: The Royal Cremation

Venues: Royal Merit-Making Pavilion;

Royal Crematorium.

Dress Code:Regular white – mourning

Tributes worldwide

A total of 85 replicas of the Royal Crematorium pavilion have been constructed nationwide. Out of this number, 76 are located in 76 provinces and nine are in Bangkok and its neighbouring provinces.

In Bangkok and adjacent provinces, the replicas are located at the following locations:

The Royal Plaza;

Lan Khon Mueang in front of the Bangkok City Hall;

The former Headquarters of the Government Lottery Office;

Nagaraphirom Park;

King Rama I Monument area;

Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Center (BITEC);

King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang; Buddhamonthon in Nakhon Pathom;

Thupatemi Royal Thai Air Force Sports Stadium in Pathum Thani.

In Bangkok, a number of floral niches have been set up in various temples, as well as other designated areas, where members of the public will be able to present sandalwood flowers as a final tribute to His Majesty the late King.  There are 16 large niches, 26 medium-sized niches, and 62 small niches set up across the city.

In the provinces, more than 800 designated sites have been arranged. There are 617 medium-sized niches and 185 small niches. Out of this number, 669 are located in temples, and 209 niches have been placed at other designated locations.

They include temples, provincial town halls, district offices, schools, stadiums, public parks and other significant places.

Overseas, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has asked the Royal Thai Embassies, Consulates and Thai temples overseas to arrange 96 designated sites, in 94 countries, for the offering of sandalwood flowers  by the people.

The public can make sandalwood flower tributes at all designated sites, where large LED screens will be installed, enabling the people to view the live broadcast of the ceremony at Sanam Luang.

Media Guide to the Royal Cremation of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.