The Royal Funeral of HRH the late Princess Galyani Vadhana, being held from November 14 to 19, promises to be one of the most spectacular of all state ceremonies, a tribute to a princess who has done so much for the country, especially in the fields of education, health care and welfare for those with disabilities.
The entire sequence of observances that will make up the six-day ceremony begins on the evening of Friday, November 14, with religious rites in the Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall. The actual Royal Cremation Ceremony will follow on the next day, November 15, when three processions will transfer the Royal Urn from the Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall to the Royal Cremation Ground at Sanam Luang. On the following days, until November 19, three more processions will transfer part of the Royal Relics and Ashes to Phra Viman in the Chakri Maha Prasat Throne Hall and another part to Wat Ratchabophit Sathitmahasimaram.
Of the six-day ceremony, the events of November 15 will be most significant, as they will involve three main processions. The public will be able to see the spectacular sight of ancient grand funeral rites on a grand scale. The procession will be joined by about 3,000 officials clad in colourful, rarely-seen traditional uniforms and official uniforms as well as the intricately crafted Great Funeral Chariot (Phra Maha Pichai Ractharot), the Supreme Patriarch’s Carriage (Ratcharot Noi) and the golden palanquin with three poles (Phra Yannamas Sam Lamkhan). These golden vehicles, as well as traditional regalia and ancient funeral music, will imbue the area from the Grand Palace to Sanam Luang and its vicinity with an air of both the royal and the sacred.
All together there will be 3 processions. Click the links below to see each procession's details.