His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn on Thursday, Oct. 26, presided over the royal cremation ceremony for his royal father, His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
At approximately 7am, His Majesty the King, accompanied by members of the Royal Family, arrived at the Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall in the Grand Palace, where the body of the late King Rama IX was lying in state. His Majesty officiated at a religious ceremony before the Royal Urn was removed from the Throne Hall and loaded onto the Golden Palanquin with Three Poles, on which it was carried, in the first funeral procession, to the Royal Great Victory Chariot in front of Wat Chetuphon through the Dheva Bhirom Gate of the Grand Palace.
The Royal Urn was raised, by the Naga Conveyor, onto the Royal Great Victory Chariot. In the second procession, the royal chariot was pulled by more than 200 men from the Royal Thai Armed Forces for a distance of 890 meters from Wat Phra Chetuphon to the Sanam Luang ceremonial ground, where the Royal Crematorium is situated.
Upon arrival at Sanam Luang, the Royal Urn was lowered from the Royal Great Victory Chariot onto the Royal Gun Carriage for the third procession, again using the Naga Conveyor. The newly-built carriage then circumambulated the Royal Crematorium three times counterclockwise before the Royal Urn was placed into the crematorium. Following the installation of the urn, His Majesty the King and the Royal Family left the ceremonial ground in a motorcade.
At around 5pm, His Majesty the King and the Royal Family returned to Sanam Luang for the symbolic royal cremation. His Majesty chaired a religious ceremony at the Royal Merit-Making Pavilion, where royals and heads of state from many other countries, as well as Thai Cabinet members and high-ranking civil servants, were assembled.
On this occasion, all attendees were given a sermon by His Holiness Somdet Phra Ariyavongsagatanana, the Supreme Patriarch, and a chapter of monks chanted prayers for the deceased. Afterwards, His Majesty the King led the laying of sandalwood flowers at the base of the royal catafalque inside the Royal Crematorium.
The actual royal cremation took place after 10 pm.