Friday, 13 October 2017

King Bhumibol Adulyadej Cremation Ceremonies

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King Bhumibol of Thailand passed away last year on October 13th, 2016, at age 88 after a long illness. King Bhumibol was the longest-reigning living monarch at the time.

There will be 5 days of Offical Cremation Ceremonies for King Bhumibol of Thailand, October 25th-29th. The main Cremation Ceremony will take place on October 26th, and will be attended by royals from around the world. (Royals attending Listed at Bottom of Page)
Live Stream w/ Thai Commentary, better picture
Live Stream w/ English Commentary

October 25th
  • Final night vigil service at the Royal Urn and Coffin in the Dusit Maha Phasat Throne Hall of the Grand Palace, where the King's body has been Lying-in-State in the Coffin for the past year. 
October 26th
  • The Royal Urn is moved from Dusit Maha Prasad Throne Hall to the Royal Crematorium.
  • Funeral procession from the Dusit Maha Phasat Throne Hall to the Royal Crematorium at the Sanam Luang Royal Plaza
    • Procession 1 (30 mins)
    • Procession 2 (2 hours)
    • Procession 3 (30 mins)
  • Symbolic royal cremation performed by his son, King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun
  • Festivals to mark the ending of an official mourning period begin (outdoor Khon performances, puppet show, and musical concert)
  • Main Royal Cremation Ceremony
  • Elsewhere:
    • Bhutan: All Day Prayer at Kuenselphodrang 
    • Sweden: The King's coat of arms will be removed from Stockholm Palace, where it was displayed along with the arms of other Knights of the Order of the Seraphim. There will be a parade to Riddarholm Church, where the coat of arms will be hung with the other Knights who have passed. 
October 27th
  • Festivals to mark the ending of an official mourning period end
    • (6 AM)
  • Removal of the Royal Ashes and Relics from the crematorium. 
    • Royal Relics are transferred to Dusit Maha Prasad Throne Hall in the Grand Palace.  Royal Ashes are transferred to Phra Sri Rattana Chedi in the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.
    • (8 AM) 
October 28th
  • Royal merit-making ceremony for the Royal Relics
    • (5:30 PM)
October 29th
  • Offering food to monks
    • (10 AM)
  • The Royal Relics are transferred from Dusit Maha Prasad Throne Hall to be enshrined in the Heavenly Abode in Chakri Maha Prasad Throne Hall.
    • (10 AM)
  • The Royal Ashes are transferred to be enshrined at two temples, Wat Rajabopidh and Wat Bovoranives.
    • (5:30 PM)
Royals attending:
  • Thailand Royal family
  • Queen Mathilde of Belgium 
  • King Jigme & Queen Jetsun of Bhutan 
    • Attended the Lying-in-State last year
    • Prince Jigme Namgyel accompanied them to Thailand, but likely will not be attending the Cremation
  • Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark
  • Prince Akishino & Princess Kiko of Japan 
  • King Letsie III & Queen Masenate of  Lesotho
  • Princess Margaretha of Liechtenstein 
  • Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg
  • Queen Máxima of Netherlands
  • Crown Prince Haakon of Norway 
  • Nazrin Shah, Sultan of Perak & Tuanku, Raja Permaisuri of Perak (Malaysia)
  • Queen Sofia of Spain 
  • Queen Silvia of Sweden 
  • King Tupou VI & Queen Nanasipau’u of Tonga
    • Attended the Lying-in-State earlier this year
  • Prince Andrew of UK 

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