His Majesty the King and Queen of Bhutan Attends the Funeral of Late Thai King

His Majesty the King and Her Majesty Gyaltsuen are in Bangkok to pay their last respects to His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej as the royal cremation ceremony gets underway.

Royal Funeral of the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Source: http://www.bbs.bt)

 

His Majesty the King and Her Majesty Gyaltsuen are in Bangkok to pay their last respects to His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej as the royal cremation ceremony gets underway.

Their Majesties, accompanied by His Royal Highness the Gyalsey, were received at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport yesterday by the Thai Privy Councillor General Surayud Chulanont and the Energy Minister General Anantaporn Kanjanarat.

His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej passed away on October 13 last year at the age of 88.  According to Thai tradition, the remains of His Majesty must lay in the state for a period of one year, which is highly significant in Thailand.

“This is because it would provide opportunity for his subjects, who would be travelling around Thailand, to come and pay respects,” said Krerkpan Roekchamnong, who is the Director General of the Department of South Asian, Middle East and African Affairs of Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“His remains was placed at the Grand Palace and it was open to all Thai and foreign dignitaries. His Majesty the King and Queen of Bhutan were among the first dignitaries and monarchs to come and pay respect to the remains of the King.”

The royal cremation ceremony and the crematorium process are meticulously prepared following ancient Thai royal traditions, which took about 10 months to complete with the help of four million volunteers. The ceremony which lasts five days, holds a lot of significance for the Thai people.

“As for the royal cremation, it will be placed at the Public Square or Sanam Luang,” said Director General Krerkpan Roekchamnong.

“The erection of the crematorium is something that requires a lot of craftsmanship and artists. Thousands of them put in their hearts and souls in the construction of this particular crematorium. Normally, it would take three years to construct it because they are all hand crafted. But we managed to do it within one year.”

A royal merit-making ceremony was held yesterday at the Dusit Maha Prasad Throne Hall in the Grand Palace in preparation for the moving of the Royal Urn to the Royal Crematorium at the Sanam Luang ceremonial ground.

In Bhutan, special prayers are being held in honour of the late King at the Kuenselphodrang today. His Holiness the Je Khenpo is presiding over the daylong special prayers. The prayer ceremony is being attended by members of the royal family, senior government officials, diplomats, the Thai community in Bhutan and the general public.

Members of the royal families and dignitaries from 42 other countries are also in Bangkok for the funeral. So far, about 12 million people have paid their respects to the late King at the Grand Palace.

 

By Demba Tshering (This article has been edited for the Bhutan Times)

This article first appeared on BBS.

 


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