A smaller royal procession will be formed. The revered monk will lead the procession on a palanquin, reading chapters from the Abhidharma Buddhist scriptures.
The Crown Prince, Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, HRH Princess Chulabhorn, Princess Ubolratana, Thanpuying Tassanawalai and her son, and royal relatives will follow the Royal Urn on foot, circumambulating Phra Meru, or Royal Crematorium, in a counter-clockwise direction three times. At the end of the third circumambulation, the gilded three-poled palanquin will halt at a ramp that leads up the Royal Crematorium. Court attendants will pay homage to the Royal Remains before moving the Royal Urn from the palanquin to the ramp. The Royal Urn will then be drawn by pulleys to the funeral pyre in Phra Meru. The ornate outer covering will be removed in the Ho Pluang, located next to the Royal Crematorium, and the carved sandalwood inner urn placed on the pyre, which will be hung with floral curtains.
From noon onwards, people attending the ceremony at Sanam Luang will be allowed to lay sandalwood flowers at spots set around the field.
At 4:30 pm, Their Majesties the King and Queen will light the fire for the symbolic cremation, while the actual cremation will begin at 10pm, presided over by Their Majesties.
The Royal Cremation Ceremony, like many other ceremonies in Thailand, is a blend of Brahmin and Buddhist practices.