HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn makes merit to mark first anniversary of late King’s passing

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His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn arrives at the Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall in the Grand Palace in order to make merit for the late King Rama IX.
His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn arrives at the Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall in the Grand Palace in order to make merit for the late King Rama IX.

His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn has presided over a merit-making ceremony commemorating one year since the passing of his royal father, His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

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At 5 pm Friday, Oct. 13, His Majesty the King traveled by a royal motorcade to Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall in the Grand Palace in order to make merit for the late King Rama IX on the occasion of the first anniversary of his passing.

While there, His Majesty laid a wreath of his own as well as that from Her Majesty Queen Sirikit of the Ninth Reign before the royal urn. He then lit candles and incense sticks to pay respect to the body of the late King and the Buddha image representing the day of the royal birth before listening to the recitation of funeral excerpts from the seven books of Abhidhamma by a chapter of 30 Buddhist monks. Afterwards, His Majesty the King offered saffron robes to the monks before their departure.

The chapter of monks then reentered Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall for the second part of the merit-making ceremony. His Majesty the King offered them saffron robes, followed by their chanting of prayers and blessings to end the ceremony.