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His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn presided over the Royal Ceremony for the collection of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s Royal Relics and Royal Ashes from the Royal Crematorium at Sanam Luang and their transfer to The Grand Place on Friday morning.
The King arrived at 8.45am, accompanied by fellow member of the Royal Family, including his sisters Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, Princess Chulabhorn and Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya, as well as his daughters, Princess Bajra Kitiyabha and Sirivannavari Nariratana.
The King collected the late monarch’s royal relics, which were divided and stored in six Royal Reliquary Urns. The main royal reliquary urn was transferred to the Grand Place for a merit-making ceremony.
Five of the royal reliquary urns were presented to King Bhumibol’s family, including the current King, Queen Sirikit, Princess Sirindhorn, Princess Chulabhorn and Princess Ubolratana.
The Royal Ashes were collected into cone-shape containers which will later be placed at two royal temples, Wat Rachabobhit and Wat Bovornnivej.
After the merit-making for collection of the royal relics and royal ashes, the King and Princess Sirindhorn joined the procession for transferring the royal relics and royal ashes from the Royal Cremation at the Sanam Luang ceremonial grounds to the Dusit Maha Prasat Throne in The Grand Palace.
The fourth procession, which featured the Royal Reliquary Urn containing the Royal Relics, was transferred to the Royal Palanquin with Four Poles – or Rajendrayan Busabok Palanquin – from the Royal Cremation to Dusit Maha Prasat Throne in the Grand Place.
The Royal Ashes in the cone-shaped containers on the small Palanquin with four poles or Rajendrayan Noi was transferred to Phra Sri Rattana Chedi in the Emerald of Buddha.