BANGKOK, 7 April 2012 With less than two days to the royal cremation of Her Royal Highness Princess Bejaratana, preparations are on in full swing at Sanam Luang ceremonial ground where the cremation will take place with the participation of Their Majesties the King and Queen on 9 April.
The Fine Arts Department has already discussed with the Royal Aide-De-Camp Department, the Metropolitan Police Commission and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration details of preparation for the royal cremation to be attended by members of the Royal Family, led by Their Majesties the King and Queen. The preparations are centered not only on the cremation site but also on the route from Siriraj Hospital, where His Majesty the King is staying, to the crematorium at Sanam Luang.
About 4,000 distinguished persons will attend the royal funeral while tens of thousands of people are also expected to gather around Sanam Luang to pay their last respect to the late Princess on the day.
As the construction of the crematorium and related structures have been completed, the Fine Arts Department has handed over its responsibility over the ceremonial ground to the Bureau of the Royal Household, which is now entrusted to take care of the cremation site and thousands of the participants.
About the work on the funeral pyre, Fine Arts Department Director-General Somsuda Leyavanija said a group of artisans from Phetchaburi Province has already prepared 50 fresh banana stalks which will be carved out into 1,000 pieces of different shapes including lotus leave, native magnolia or champa and pollen. The artisans will start carving the banana stalks on the night of April 7 and will take the carved banana pieces for assembling into a funeral pyre at Sanam Luang in the morning of April 8.
The royal cremation ceremony for Her Royal Highness Princess Bejaratana will be held for five days, from April 8 to 12. The royal cremation day will be on April 9, which has been declared a public holiday by the Cabinet. The three-day mourning period is scheduled for April 8-10.
(NNT : Sirinthip Sitabutr)