Collection of royal relics, ashes of Princess Bejaratana


BANGKOK, April 10 — HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn and HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, on behalf of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, on Tuesday ceremonially collected the royal relics and ashes of Princess Bejaratana at the Royal Crematorium complex located at Sanam Luang ceremonial ground.

After arriving at the Royal Crematorium, Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn conveyed the royal relics, placing them in the royal urn.

The royal urn containing the royal relics, then, was taken from the Royal Crematorium to the Royal Merit-Making Pavilion (Phra Thinang Songtham) for a religious function.

After that, a procession of honour, led by Princess Sirindhorn, carried the royal reliquary placed upon the Royal Palanquin with Four Poles (Rachentharayan) and the royal ashes upon the Royal Palanquin with Two Poles (Phra Wo Siwikakan) to the Grand Palace.

Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn departed the Royal Merit-Making Pavilion by a royal limousine to await the procession at Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall in the Grand Palace.

The royal ashes then have been transferred to Phra Si Rattana Chedi within the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, while the royal reliquary has been carried into Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall.

A merit-making ceremony for the royal relics and the enshrinement of the royal ashes will take place during the following day.

Their Majesties the King and Queen on Monday presided over the royal cremation of Princess Bejaratana at the Royal Crematorium at Sanam Luang ceremonial ground.

Princess Bejaratana, the only child of King Vajiravudh (Rama VI) and his consort Queen Suvadhana, passed away on July 27, 2011 at the age of 85. She was the first cousin of the present monarch, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.