BANGKOK, 5 May 2014 – His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn on May 4 deputized for His Majesty the King at the royal ceremony to mark the Coronation Day, May 5, at Amarindravinitchai Throne Hall in the Grand Palace.
The Crown Prince, accompanied by the Royal consort, Her Royal Highness Princess Srirasmi, arrived at the Amarindravinitchai Throne Hall at 3.30 pm. He then paid homage to the Buddha image representing the Ninth Reign and listened to religious chanting by a chapter of senior Buddhist monks.
His Royal Highness then made offerings of gold and silver flowers to the deity protecting the Throne which is placed underneath the Nine-Tiered White Umbrella of State. This was followed by the Court Brahmin reading an announcement on the Royal Ceremony Celebrating the Coronation Day. The Buddhist monks then chanted prayers blessing Their Majesties the King and Queen.
His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej was crowned on May 5, 1950. And by royal command, a 3-day royal ceremony is scheduled from May 3-5, 2014 to celebrate the anniversary. May 3 saw His Royal Highness the Crown Prince represent His Majesty the King at the ceremony to pay homage to the relics of the Chakri Dynasty’s former kings in the Grand Palace.
Today (May 5), at 10.30 a.m., His Majesty the King will proceed from Piam Suk Building to Rajapraja Samakhom Pavilion in Klai Kangwon Palace, Prachuap Khiri Khan Province, to attend a merit making ceremony held in celebration of the Coronation Day.
By Royal Command, Prasat Phra Thep Bidon, or the Royal Pantheon, in the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Grand Palace, is open to the public on May 5, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is to allow members of the Royal Family, civil servants and members of the public to pay homage to the past kings of the Chakri Dynasty.