BANGKOK, 4 April 2012 – HRH Princess Chulabhorn yesterday deputized for His Majesty the King at a ceremony to raise the seven-tiered white umbrella of state to the top of the crematorium prepared for the funeral ceremony of HRH Princess Bejaratana.
After her arrival at the crematorium built for the occasion at Sanam Luang grounds, Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn listened to a report by Deputy Prime Minister Yongyuth Wichaidit, in his capacity as deputy chairman of the organizing committee for the royal cremation and then talked with members of the committee for the construction of the crematorium. Thereafter, Her Royal Highness showered lustral water over the seven-tiered white umbrella and anointed it with sacred powder before pulling a rope that sent the white umbrella to the top of the crematorium. After the white umbrella of state is established in its place, Her Royal Highness left the crematorium.
The white umbrella of state is used as decoration in various occasions, at the discretion of the king. The seven-tiered umbrella is usually reserved for a king, a queen, a royal mother, and a crown prince. However, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej has commanded that a higher rank be accorded to Her Royal Highness Princess Bejaratana, who was formerly entitled to a five-tiered white umbrella of state.
(NNT : Sirinthip Sitabutr)