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His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn hopes for unity, prosperity

His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn and Queen Suthida wave to an audience from the balcony of Suddhaisavarya Prasad Hall in the Grand Palace during the coronation ceremony Monday, May 6, 2019, in Bangkok. (AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn)

Grant Peck

Bangkok (AP) — Thailand's newly crowned King Maha Vajiralongkorn told thousands of cheering people gathered outside Bangkok's Grand Palace on Monday that he was grateful for their good wishes and believed they were a sign everyone would work together for the country's prosperity.

People began lining up early Monday so they could be near the balcony where the King was to appear. Large video screens were placed nearby so those unable to make their way to the front could watch. As the crowd waited in the blazing tropical heat, some broke into cheers whenever a passing cloud blocked the sun.

"I'm glad to be born as a Thai," said Tipparat Aiyawan, who works in Bangkok. "I want every child to know that Thailand has had independence for centuries and has survived because our kings are the soul of our nation."

His Majesty King Vajiralongkorn, arriving late, was greeted inside the royal throne hall by dignitaries from business and religious circles.

When he and his wife, Queen Suthida, a general in the palace guard whom he married just last Wednesday, stepped outside onto the balcony, a mighty cheer erupted from the crowd, most dressed in yellow, the color representing the monarch's birthday. Nearby, artillery was fired in salute.

Below the balcony, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha read a short speech pledging loyalty to the monarch.

Wellwishers cheer His Majesty the King during his speech at the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Monday, May 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn)

The King stood up, stepped in front of a microphone and read from some papers. He said he and his queen were delighted with the goodwill extended by the people, and their good wishes left him "moved."

"May your unity in extending good wishes to me on this occasion become a good sign that everyone and every party will work for the prosperity of our nation," he said.

The King's 14-year-old son, Prince Dipangkorn Rasmijoti, and two daughters from previous marriages then stepped forward to join them on the balcony and wave to the crowd. Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana, the youngest of the King's daughters, took photos with her cellphone and waved enthusiastically.

A final coronation celebration is planned for October, when there will be a royal barge procession on Bangkok's Chao Phraya River.

People hold portraits of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn outside the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Monday, May 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)


His Majesty the King issues Royal Command, setting the tone for His reign

The chief Brahmin priest presents His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn with one of the many items of investiture including the royal golden plaque upon which is inscribed his royal official title, together with the royal seal of state, the royal regalia, the royal utensils, and the weapons of sovereignty. (Photo courtesy of the Bureau of the Royal Household via AP)

Grant Peck

Bangkok (AP) — Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn was officially crowned Saturday amid the splendor of the country's Grand Palace, taking the central role in an elaborate centuries-old royal ceremony that was last held almost seven decades ago.

After completing the rites, His Majesty issued his post-coronation royal command, which is supposed to set the tone for his reign. It closely echoed the words of his father's first command.

"I shall continue to preserve, and build upon the royal legacy and shall reign with righteousness for the benefit and happiness of the people forever," the King said.

The 66-year-old King Vajiralongkorn has served as monarch for more than two years since assuming the throne. On Saturday, he received his crown from the chief Brahmin, a Hindu priest who played a guiding role in the mixed Buddhist-Hindu ceremony, which was televised live across the nation on all channels.

His Majesty, known as Rama X for being the 10th monarch in the Chakri dynasty, then placed the crown atop his head. The "Great Crown of Victory," said to date from 1782, is 66 centimeters (26 inches) high, weighs 7.3 kilograms (16 pounds) and is ornamented with diamonds set in gold enamel. It was one of several pieces of royal regalia, including the Royal Sword of Victory and the Royal Fan and Fly Whisk, presented in homage to his power.

Absolute rule by kings ended with a 1932 revolution in Thailand that ushered in a constitutional monarchy. Nevertheless, Thai kings are regarded as almost divine and have been seen as a unifying presence in the country.

The King began Saturday's coronation proceedings wearing a simple white robe as he entered a small pavilion where he was briefly showered with water from several holy rivers and ponds and other sources. Other water was poured on him from old royal water vessels. The rite, known as the Royal Purification Ceremony, took place amid music from drums, conch shells and other instruments. Outside the palace, artillery was fired in a salute to the monarch.

A second rite, the Royal Anointment Ceremony, completed the consecration portion of his coronation, giving him the legitimacy of being a fully sovereign king. His Majesty — having changed into gold-embroidered royal vestments — was seated on an octagonal throne, with the sides representing the cardinal points of the compass, and a dignitary seated at each point. Each poured holy water over the King's hand, along with a ninth representing the heavens.

That rite ended with the monarch being presented with a nine-tiered white umbrella of state, symbolizing his full consecration.

 His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn receives anointment water from Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. (Thai TV Pool via AP)

"This ceremony is significant to Thailand because the monarchy is a very important institution of our country and is the soul of our nation," said Naowarat Buakluan, a civil servant. "If you ask why the ceremony is being held this year when His Majesty has already ascended the throne, it's because this is the right moment. Previously we Thais were mourning the loss of our beloved late King."

As one of his first acts His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn proclaimed Queen Suthida as Her Majesty the Queen and presented her with the traditional royal regalia.

Their Majesties King Maha Vajiralongkorn and Queen Suthida watch the proceedings during the coronation ceremonies at the Grand Palace, Saturday, May 4, 2019, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Photo courtesy of the Bureau of the Royal Household via AP)

After the 2½ hours of ceremonies ended, the King stepped from his throne, walked in front of other royal family members and scattered in his path tiny flowers of silver and gold, representing heavenly gifts for them to collect.

Despite not being able to see the King in person, civil servants in uniform and members of the public wearing garb in the royal color of yellow gathered outside the Grand Palace to pay their respects.

"I feel glad and hopeful that the King ascends the throne after his father, King Rama IX, to be a guardian and the hope of the Thai people," said onlooker Amornrat Wangpan from Uttaradit province. "It will be a civilized era having many things. I feel that Thailand is now opened to the light and now civilized."

Later Saturday, the King held an audience for members of the royal family, the Privy Council and the Cabinet, among other senior officials, where they vowed their allegiance to king and country, and he promised to work with them for the nation's benefit.

Some carefully vetted members of the public admitted to the palace grounds got a thrill later when His Majesty was carried on an ornately decorated palanquin to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha by a specially trained contingent of soldiers dressed in colorful ceremonial uniforms who marched in strict precision. The King, like his predecessors, made the short journey to vow to defend the Buddhist faith, the religion of more than 90% of Thailand's people.

His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn is transported on the royal palanquin by royal bearers during his visit to the Temple of the Emerald Buddhism, Saturday, May 4, 2019, in Bangkok, Thailand. (Photo courtesy of the Bureau of the Royal Household via AP)

On Sunday, there will be a 7-kilometer royal procession involving 343 men, in which the King will again be carried on his palanquin through nearby city streets to visit four important temples and allow the public to pay homage to him.

Monday will see the King greet the public from the balcony of the Grand Palace in the late afternoon and then hold a reception for the diplomatic corps.

His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn and HM Queen Suthida sit inside a royal car as it drives past well-wishers on Saturday, May 4 in Bangkok. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

 

Royal Guards fire cannons in honour of the newly crowned King, Saturday, May 4, in Bangkok. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

 

Officials and civil servants stand outside the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Saturday, May 4. (AP photo/Sakchai Lalit)



JUBILATION!

Thailand celebrates Coronation of His Majesty the King

The Kingdom is joyously celebrating the Royal Coronation of Rama X His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun. The three day event begins Saturday, May 4, 2019, and continues until Monday, May 6, 2019, followed by the Royal Barge ceremony to be held in October. Many tributes, as well as facts and history of this momentous event appear throughout this special edition. Chiang Mai Mail joins with the Kingdom of Thailand in jubilantly celebrating this historic occasion.

Royal Palace officials carry sacred water, collected from all the country's provinces and the Grand Palace, from the Interior Ministry to Wat Suthat Temple for consecration in Bangkok, Thailand, April 18, 2019. The sanctified water will be used for the Ablution and Anointment ceremonies of His Majesty King Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun at His Coronation on 4-6 May 2019. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)


His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, Rama X

All hail His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun! Long Live the King!

Photos courtesy Bureau of the Royal Household

Somdet Phra Chao Yu Hua Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, King Rama X has reigned since 13 October 2017. He is the only son of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit.

According to the 2007 Constitution, the cabinet instructed the president of the National Assembly to invite Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn to the throne. He became the first monarch to be born in Thailand since Prajadhipok. After his father, Bhumibol Adulyadej, died on 13 October 2016, Vajiralongkorn was expected to succeed to the throne of Thailand but asked for time to mourn before taking the throne.

On the night of 1 December 2016, the fiftieth day after the death of his father, Regent Prem Tinsulanonda led the heads of the country’s three branches of government to an audience with Vajiralongkorn to invite him to ascend to the throne as the tenth king of the Chakri dynasty. Vajiralongkorn accepted the invitation, saying in a televised statement: “I would like to accept in order to fulfil his majesty’s wishes and for the benefit of all Thais.”

The government retroactively declared his reign to have begun upon his father’s death, but it would not crown him formally until after the cremation of his father. As the tenth monarch of the Chakri dynasty, he is also styled as Rama X. Aged 64 at that time, Vajiralongkorn became the oldest Thai monarch to ascend to the throne.

His coronation is being held May 4 to 6, 2019.

Born on 28 July 1952 at 5:45 p.m. in the Amphorn Sathan Residential Hall of the Dusit Palace in Bangkok, when the crown prince was one year old, Somdet Phra Sangkharat Chao Kromma Luang Wachirayanawong, the 13th Supreme Patriarch of Thailand of the Rattanakosin Era, gave the child his first name at birth, “Vajiralongkorn Borommachakkrayadison­santatiwong Thewettham­rongsuboriban Aphikhunu- prakanmahittaladunladet Phumiphonnaretwarangkun Kittisirisombunsawangkhawat Borommakhattiyaratchakuman”.

HM the King began his education in 1956 when he entered kindergarten at Udon Mansion in Dusit Palace. Soon after, he studied in primary and secondary education at the Chitralada School from 1956 – 1962.

After completing Mathayom 1 (through grade seven), he was sent to study at public schools in the United Kingdom. First at King’s Mead School, Seaford, Sussex, and then at Millfield School, Somerset, where he completed his secondary education in July 1970. In August 1970, he attended a five-week military training course at The King’s School, in Sydney, Australia.

On December 28, 1972, at the auspicious time of 12.23 p.m. in the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej conferred then Prince Vajiralongkorn with the title of “Somdech Phra Boroma Orasadhiraj Chao Fah Maha Vajiralongkorn Sayam Makutrajakuman” (His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn) making him the heir to the throne in accordance with the Palace Law on Succession B.E. 2467 (1924).

On this occasion he took a solemn oath, “I, the Crown Prince, shall uphold with my life the dignity and royal title that His Majesty the King bestowed upon me. I shall be loyal to the country. I shall be honest to the people. I shall undertake sacrifices and perform all burdens and duties to the utmost of my ability, for the sake of progress, peace and stability of Thailand, until the end of my life.”

In 1972, HM the King enrolled at the Royal Military College, Duntroon in Canberra, Australia. His education at Duntroon was divided into two parts: military training by the Australian Army and a bachelor’s degree course under the auspices of the University of New South Wales. He graduated in 1976 as a newly commissioned lieutenant with a liberal arts degree.

In 1982 His Majesty completed a second bachelor’s degree in law and in 1987 he also completed a Master’s Degree of Laws at the Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University. In 1990, he studied at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom.

Aware of the importance of education, His Majesty established his scholarship program in 2009 with the aim of improving children’s access to quality education and instilling the concept of lifelong learning. The scholarship program has been operating with His Majesty’s personal funds amounting to 42 million baht a year together with donated funds presented to him for charitable purposes. The funds have been used to support education for needy students on a continual basis.

His Majesty has special ties to the Rajabhat University system of 40 institutions of higher learning. HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn has presided over commencement ceremonies at all Rajabhat Universities nationwide and personally handed out degrees to all Rajabhat university graduates every year since 1978.

After completing his studies, His Majesty served as a career officer in the Royal Thai Army. He served as a staff officer in the Directorate of Army Intelligence, and attended the Command and General Staff College in 1977.

His Majesty attended numerous military training courses in Australia and the United States, with observation tours in England, Belgium, Germany, France and the Netherlands. A long list of military courses attended by His Majesty includes helicopter and high performance aircraft flight training, special warfare training, demolition training, parachute training, and courses in small arms and other weapons used in modern warfare.

He joined the Air Operation Special Unit in Advance Patrol and Navigation Course, Air Transportation Course December 1979 – January 1980. In addition, he studied the UH–1 H helicopter for general use and trained in the Bell AH-1H Cobra attack helicopter. He is an expert aviator.

With his ability in aviation and knowledge in new technologies in both theory and practice, he completed air weapons training at the Arms Training Stadium, Chai Badan, Lopburi and won the competition on 1 April 1987. Moreover, he served as aviation instructor of the F-5 Freedom Fighter since 4 May 1994. HM the King’s achievements are the pride of the Thai Army and Thai people.

In 1978 he became Commander of the King’s Own Bodyguard Battalion. Later that year on 6 November 1978 at age 26, His Majesty interrupted his military career to be ordained as a Buddhist monk at Wat Phra Sri Rattana Satsadaram (Temple of the Emerald Buddha). He was given the name ‘Vajiralongkornno’ and resided at Wat Bowon Niwet Wihan Ratchaworawihan for 15 days.

His Majesty has continued the Royal Family’s assistance programs to underdeveloped areas around the country and visited depressed urban areas around Bangkok distributing food and necessity items to people in need.

His Majesty established “Crown Prince Hospitals” through funds donated by the public to serve as medical and health care centers for people living in remote areas. Crown Prince Hospitals had been set up in 21 locations in 1977. These hospitals had become major community hospitals providing services of international standard to the general public in 2011.

His Majesty has been recognized for his tireless efforts to promote the well-being of Thai people by visiting people in various regions to listen to their problems. His Majesty has gained in-depth experiences in many fields and has provided his initiatives for the benefits and happiness of the people and prosperity and security to the country.

Long live the King!


The Royal Regalia

The major royal regalia, or the Five Royal Regalia, are regarded as the most important symbols of kingship presented to the new monarch at the coronation ceremony. They include (1) the Great Crown of Victory (Phra Maha Phichai Mongkut), (2) the Royal Sword of Victory (Phra Saeng Khan Chaisi), (3) the Royal Scepter (Than Phra Khon), (4) the Royal Fan and Fly Whisk (Walawichani), and (5) the Royal Slippers (Chalong Phrabat Choeng Ngon).

The Great Crown of Victory is the royal regalia in the category of royal accessories presented to the monarch by the Chief Brahmin, Phra Maha Ratchakhru, in the coronation ceremony. This royal accessory was made during the reign of King Rama I. It is inlaid with gold and studded with nine precious gemstones; the biggest one, embedded on top, is named Maha Wichian Mani. In the past, the crown was no more significant than other regalia. But later, King Rama IV decided to follow the practice of the European royal households; the dignity of the king was recognized when he was wearing a crown. Since then, the Great Crown of Victory has become the most important item in the royal regalia.

The Royal Sword of Victory is the royal regalia in the category of royal weapons, presented to the monarch by the Chief Brahmin in the coronation ceremony after the Great Crown of Victory. It represents wisdom in ruling the country. The story has been told that the sword was found in 1784 by a Cambodian fisherman at the very bottom of a lake in Siem Reap. The sword is believed to belong to the ancient Khmer Empire. The then ruler of Siem Reap presented the sword to King Rama I.

The Royal Scepter is the royal regalia in the category of royal articles of use presented to the monarch by the Chief Brahmin in the coronation ceremony, following the Royal Sword of Victory. Also referred to as the Royal Staff, it is made of cassia wood, entirely gold plated. The head is in the shape of a young lotus flower, strengthened at the neck of the hand rest by steel, carved in vine and floral patterns.

The Royal Fan and Fly Whisk are the royal regalia in the category of royal articles of use presented to the monarch by the Chief Brahmin in the coronation ceremony, following the Royal Scepter. Walawichani has been used as the name for both a fan and a fly whisk. The Royal Fan is made of a palm leaf, with a gold frame. The original Fly Whisk was made of yak’s hair, set in a glass handle. In the reign of King Rama IV, yak’s hair was replaced with the hair from white elephant’s tail. Today, the Fly Whisk made of white elephant’s tail hair is used in the ceremony.

 The Royal Slippers are royal regalia in the category of royal articles of use put on the feet of the monarch by the Chief Brahmin in the coronation ceremony as the final items. They are made of enameled gold, decorated with precious gems. The soles are lined with red velvet. King Rama I had the up-turned slippers made as part of the royal regalia, following an ancient Indian belief. (TPRD)


Inscribing the Royal Golden Plaques and Engraving the Royal Seal of State

Admiral His Serene Highness Prince Pusan Sawasdiwat, the representative of His Majesty the King, presided over the Ceremony for the Inscription of the Royal Golden Plaques and the Engraving of the Royal Seal of State for the Coronation of King Rama X.

 The ceremony took place at the ubosot of the Temple of the Emerald Buddha on Tuesday, 23 April 2019.

It was to make an inscription on the Royal Golden Plague of the official title of His Majesty the King and the Royal Golden Plague of His Majesty’s horoscope, as well as the engraving of the Royal Seal of State. On this occasion, the inscription of the Royal Golden Plagues, with the official titles of members of the Royal Family, was also made.

The royal Augur inscribed the horoscope of His Majesty the King on the Royal Golden Plaque. The artisan to His Majesty engraved the Royal Seal of State, and the royal scribe inscribed the official title of His Majesty the King on the Royal Golden Plaque.

While inscribing the Royal Golden Plaques and engraving the Royal Seal of State, monks were chanting prayer, Brahmins were blowing conch shells, and the court officials of the Thai musical ensemble were playing their instruments.

Thereafter, the Chief Brahmin poured consecrated water from the conch shell on the Royal Golden Plaques of the official title of the King and His Majesty’s horoscope, as well as the Royal Seal of State.

Then the finished Royal Golden Plaques with the inscriptions of the official title of His Majesty the King and His Majesty’s horoscope, together with the finished carved Royal Seal of State, were set upon the stone pulpit in front of the Emerald Buddha, inside the ubosot of the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.

After that, a candle-passing ceremony was performed. In this ceremony, the Prime Minister, the President of the National Assembly, the President of the Supreme Court, members of the Cabinet, and senior officials passed consecrated candles from one person to another three times. It is a form of blessing.

The Royal Golden Plaques with the inscriptions of the official title of His Majesty the King and His Majesty’s horoscope and the finished carved Royal Seal of State will later be transferred to Baisal Daksin Throne Hall on 3 May 2019 for the coronation ceremony to be performed on 4 May 2019. (TPRD)


Coronation Ceremony reinforces stature of Kings of Thailand

A look back at his HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej, His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun father’s coronation. (Photo courtesy of the Bureau of the Royal Household)

The Coronation Ceremony reinforces the stature of the Kings of Thailand. The first such elaborate ceremony was performed when Pho Khun Phamuang succeeded Pho Khun Bangklangthao as the ruling King of Muang Sukhothai. Phaya Lithai, a former leader in Sukhothai, left a historical record in stone describing the coronation ceremony in Sukhothai at Wat Srikhum.

In the beginning of the Ratanakosin era, the first King in the Chakri Dynasty (HM King Buddhayodfa the Great) took the title of Rama I and moved the capital of Siam from Thonburi to the opposite bank of the Chao Phraya River, and constructed Krung Ratanakosin (Bangkok). In the process of building the Royal Palace and Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) the first King in the House of Chakri refined the coronation ceremony, establishing important protocol that has lasted to this day. All Kings to follow not undergoing the coronation ceremony would be unable to assume the term “Phrabat” in front of the King’s title of “Somdej Phrachaoyuhua”, and more significantly, the symbol of the nine-tiered umbrella would also not be permissible or officially recognized.

The elaborate coronation ceremony of includes all the ancient rituals required for assuming the full title and the nine-tiered umbrella.

During the reign of HM King Mongkut (Rama IV), Buddhist monks and Brahmin priests were incorporated into the coronation ceremony to conduct rituals to sanctify the auspicious occasion. Previously the ceremony was arranged and conducted by the Royal Palace staff and members of the Royal Household.

Chiang Mai Mail joins with the Kingdom of Thailand in joyously celebrating Rama X His Majesty King His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodin­dradebayavarangkun’s Coronation.

Long Live the King!


Three-Day Royal Coronation Ceremony

Royal Emblem for Coronation ceremonies.

4 May 2019

The most important process of the Royal Coronation Ceremony takes place on 4 May 2019, marking the Coronation Day of King Rama X.

10.09-12.00 hr

The Royal Purification, or the “Song Muratha Bhisek” Ceremony, takes place at Chakrabat Biman Royal Residence. “Muratha Bhisek” refers to the action of pouring holy water over the head of the king, also known as ablution. It is followed by the Anointment Ceremony at Baisal Daksin Throne Hall. Then His Majesty the King proceeds to the Bhadrapitha Throne and sits under the Royal Nine-tiered Umbrella, where the Chief Brahmin presents him with the Royal Golden Plaque of His Majesty’s official title, the Royal Regalia, the Ancient and Auspicious Orders, and the Weapons of Sovereignty. After the Crowning and Investiture Ceremony, His Majesty presents the First Royal Command.

14.00 hr

His Majesty the King grants a grand audience to members of the Royal Family, the Privy Council, and the Cabinet, as well as senior officials, gathered to offer their best wishes to His Majesty at Amarindra Vinicchaya Throne Hall.

16.00 hr

His Majesty proceeds to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha to proclaim himself the Royal Patron of Buddhism.

13.19-20.30 hr

The ceremony of Assumption of the Royal Residence takes place at Chakrabat Biman Royal Residence. The purpose of the ceremony is to symbolically take up the royal residence and perform housewarming.

5 May 2019

09.00 hr

The ceremony to bestow His Majesty’s Royal Cypher and Royal Title and to grant the royal ranks to members of royalty takes place at Amarindra Vinicchaya Throne Hall.

16.30 hr

His Majesty the King rides in the Royal Palanquin in the Royal Procession on Land to encircle the city, affording people the opportunity to attend and pay homage to their new King.

• Routes of the Royal Land Procession •

- From the Grand Palace, the procession comes out from Abhorn Bimok Pavilion through Vises Jayasri Gate. It turns right to Na Phra Lan Road, turns left to Ratchadamnoen Nai Road, turns right to Ratchadamnoen Klang Road, and then turns left to Tanao Road before moving toward Wat Bovoranives. The Royal Palanquin stops in front of Wat Bovoranives, where His Majesty the King enters to pay homage to the main Buddha image in the ubosot.

- The procession continues to move along Phra Sumen Road and turns right to Ratchadamnoen Road, passing through the Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall. Then it turns left to Atsadang Road and Bamrung Mueang Road. The Royal Palanquin stops in front of Wat Rajabopidh, where His Majesty enters to pay homage to the main Buddha image in the ubosot.

- The procession leaves Wat Rajabopidh, passing through Fueang Nakhon Road, and then turns right to Charoen Krung Road. The Royal Palanquin stops in front of Wat Phra Chetuphon, where His Majesty enters to pay homage to the main Buddha image in the ubosot.

- The procession with His Majesty riding in the Royal Palanquin leaves Wat Phra Chetuphon along Thai Wang Road, moving back to the Grand Palace. It enters Vises Jayasri Gate to Abhorn Bimok Pavilion.

6 May 2019

16.30 hr

His Majesty the King grants a public audience on a balcony of Suddhaisavarya Prasad Hall in the Grand Palace to receive his well wishes from the people.

17.30 hr

His Majesty grants an audience to members of the international diplomatic corps, who offer their felicitations on this special occasion at Chakri Maha Prasad Throne Hall.


Royal Coronation May 4, 5, & 6

Royal Emblem for Coronation ceremonies.

The Royal Coronation Ceremony for Hi Majesty King Rama X Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun will be held next weekend, May 4 – 6, in Bangkok.

There have been many events leading up to this most auspicious day, with a few more on the way.

On 2 May 2019, 16.09-20.30 hrs., His Majesty the King pays homage to the Equestrian Statue of King Chulalongkorn at the Royal Plaza and the Memorial of King Rama I at the foot of Memorial Bridge. He also worships sacred beings at Baisal Daksin Throne Hall and Chakrabat Biman Royal Residence.

3 May 2019, 10.00 hr. The Royal Golden Plaque of the official title of His Majesty the King, the Royal Golden Plaque of His Majesty’s horoscope, and the Royal Seal of State are transferred from the Temple of the Emerald Buddha to Baisal Daksin Throne Hall.

The most important process of the Royal Coronation Ceremony takes place on 4 May 2019, marking the Coronation Day of King Rama X.

Three-Day Royal Coronation Ceremony

4 May 2019

10.09-12.00 hr

The Royal Purification, or the “Song Muratha Bhisek” Ceremony, takes place at Chakrabat Biman Royal Residence. “Muratha Bhisek” refers to the action of pouring holy water over the head of the king, also known as ablution. It is followed by the Anointment Ceremony at Baisal Daksin Throne Hall. Then His Majesty the King proceeds to the Bhadrapitha Throne and sits under the Royal Nine-tiered Umbrella, where the Chief Brahmin presents him with the Royal Golden Plaque of His Majesty’s official title, the Royal Regalia, the Ancient and Auspicious Orders, and the Weapons of Sovereignty. After the Crowning and Investiture Ceremony, His Majesty presents the First Royal Command.

14.00 hr

His Majesty the King grants a grand audience to members of the Royal Family, the Privy Council, and the Cabinet, as well as senior officials, gathered to offer their best wishes to His Majesty at Amarindra Vinicchaya Throne Hall.

16.00 hr

His Majesty proceeds to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha to proclaim himself the Royal Patron of Buddhism.

13.19-20.30 hr

The ceremony of Assumption of the Royal Residence takes place at Chakrabat Biman Royal Residence. The purpose of the ceremony is to symbolically take up the royal residence and perform housewarming.

5 May 2019

09.00 hr

The ceremony to bestow His Majesty’s Royal Cypher and Royal Title and to grant the royal ranks to members of royalty takes place at Amarindra Vinicchaya Throne Hall.

16.30 hr

His Majesty the King rides in the Royal Palanquin in the Royal Procession on Land to encircle the city, affording people the opportunity to attend and pay homage to their new King.

• Routes of the Royal Land Procession •

- From the Grand Palace, the procession comes out from Abhorn Bimok Pavilion through Vises Jayasri Gate. It turns right to Na Phra Lan Road, turns left to Ratchadamnoen Nai Road, turns right to Ratchadamnoen Klang Road, and then turns left to Tanao Road before moving toward Wat Bovoranives. The Royal Palanquin stops in front of Wat Bovoranives, where His Majesty the King enters to pay homage to the main Buddha image in the ubosot.

- The procession continues to move along Phra Sumen Road and turns right to Ratchadamnoen Road, passing through the Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall. Then it turns left to Atsadang Road and Bamrung Mueang Road. The Royal Palanquin stops in front of Wat Rajabopidh, where His Majesty enters to pay homage to the main Buddha image in the ubosot.

- The procession leaves Wat Rajabopidh, passing through Fueang Nakhon Road, and then turns right to Charoen Krung Road. The Royal Palanquin stops in front of Wat Phra Chetuphon, where His Majesty enters to pay homage to the main Buddha image in the ubosot.

- The procession with His Majesty riding in the Royal Palanquin leaves Wat Phra Chetuphon along Thai Wang Road, moving back to the Grand Palace. It enters Vises Jayasri Gate to Abhorn Bimok Pavilion.

6 May 2019

16.30 hr

His Majesty the King grants a public audience on a balcony of Suddhaisavarya Prasad Hall in the Grand Palace to receive his well wishes from the people.

17.30 hr

His Majesty grants an audience to members of the international diplomatic corps, who offer their felicitations on this special occasion at Chakri Maha Prasad Throne Hall.


Happy Birthday HRH Princess Ubolratana

Pattaya Mail humbly joins the Kingdom of Thailand in wishing Her Royal Highness Princess Ubolratana a most happy birthday on April 5. (Photo courtesy of the Bureau of the Royal Household)

Her Royal Highness Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Phannavadi was born on April 5, 1951, in Lausanne Switzerland. She is the eldest child of HM the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and HM Queen Sirikit, and the older sister of HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun.

HRH Princess Ubolratana is a devoted leader of young people in the campaign against drugs, and as such has instituted and keenly watches over the To Be Number One project, encouraging family values, music and sport as alternatives to drug use. She has also set up the Khun Poom project to assist autistic children in Thailand.

In 2008, HRH Princess Ubolratana played the main role in the Thai film “Where The Miracle Happens”.

HRH Princess Ubolratana has also shown a keen interest in the way Thailand is being promoted by the TAT, and regularly attends the International Tourism Bourse (ITB) in Berlin.


 
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