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Royal funeral rites start for Princess Bejaratana

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BANGKOK, 8 April 2012 (NNT) – Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn today officiated on behalf of His Majesty the King at a merit making ceremony that marked the start of the five-day cremation ceremony for Her Royal Highness Princess Bejaratana.

Upon her arrival the Dusit Maha Prasart Throne Hall in the Grand Palace at 5.30 p.m., Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn lighted candles and incense sticks to pay homage to the royal casket containing the remains of the late Princess and a Buddha image respectively. Then a royal scribe announced a Royal Command bestowing the 7-tiered White Umbrella of State to the late Princess in recognition for her numerous contributions to the Royal Family and the public.

Following that, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn presented commemorative prayer fans to a chapter of high-ranking monks who came to give sermons as a tribute to the late Princess as well as more than 100 other monks who joined in the chanting ceremony.

This was followed by a series of prayers made by Buddhist monks from Thai, Chinese, and Vietnamese monasteries, and presentation of Buddhist robes to participating monks by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. The royal merit-making ceremony ended at about 7 p.m.

HRH Princess Bejaratana, the only child of King Rama VI and the first cousin of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej, passed away on 27 July 2011, at the age of 85.

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