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Royal Barge Procession rehearsal to take place today in Bangkok

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BANGKOK, 13 September 2011 (NNT) – The Royal Thai Navy will today rehearse the royal barge procession for the royal ceremony to present Kathin robes to Buddhist monks which will take place on 22 October 2011.

Admiral Apiwat Sriwattana, a Royal Thai Navy special expert and chairman of the Royal Barge Procession Directing Sub-committee said all the vessels involved have been restored to their former glory and ready for the function.

The procession involves 52 barges and 2,200 oarsmen. Among the participating barges, four are major royal barges including Subanahongsa or the Golden Swan, the Narai Songsuban King Rama XI, the Anantanagaraj, and the Anekajatibhujonga. Apart from today’s rehearsal, seven more are scheduled including two full-dress rehearsals on 13th and 18th October.

The Royal Barge Procession will start at the Wasukri Landing and will take about 45 minutes to move to Wat Arun or the Temple of Dawn, covering a distance of about 4.5 kilometres.

Deputy Director-General of the Public Relations Department (PRD) Ladavan Bua-am said her office has been entrusted by the Government to publicize all events to be held in celebration of the 7th cycle birthday anniversary of His Majesty the King on 5 December 2011. In this connection, the PRD has issued a booklet on royal ceremonies and also open a PR website via www.ในหลวง๕๔.ไทย, where people may find details and progress of celebrative projects.

Read more: NNT

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