Thai king attends religious rites on final day of Royal Cremation Ceremony

Thai king attends religious rites on final day of Royal Cremation Ceremony
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The final day of the Royal Cremation Ceremony for His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej will start this morning with the fifth procession to transfer his Royal Relics from the Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall to be enshrined in the Heavenly Abode of the Chakri Maha Prasat Throne Hall.

His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn arrived at the Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall in the Grand Palace at 10.30am to preside over the religious rites.

He was accompanied by members of the Royal Family including Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, HRH Princess Bajrakitiyabha, and Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya.

After the religious rites, the King and Royal Family members will join the fifth procession which features the Rajendrayan, or Royal Palanquin with Four Poles, carrying the Royal Reliquary Urns to the nearby Chakri Maha Prasat Throne Hall.

The late monarch's Royal Relics will be kept in the Throne Hall's Heavenly Abode, alongside the Royal Relics of the former Kings of the Chakri Dynasty.

In the evening at around 5.30pm, the Royal Ashes will be transferred from Phra Sri Rattana Chedi within the Temple of the Emerald Buddha to the two Bangkok temples - Wat Rajabopidh Sathitmahasimaram and Wat Bovoranives Vihara.

The King's Guard cavalry, led by the late monarch's granddaughter, HRH Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana, will lead a motorcade procession in which King Maha Vajiralongkorn and Princess Sirindhorn will accompany their father's ashes to the two temples.

This will be the last of the six elaborate processions during the five days of funeral ceremonies that began on Wednesday.

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