By The Nation
THE GOVERNMENT will call on Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn to chair a government-appointed committee to oversee preparations for the coronation ceremony of her brother, His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn, set for early May, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said yesterday.
He was speaking in a special televised programme announcing preparations for the three-day coronation ceremony from May 4 to 6.
Prayut also said that Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam has been given the job of chief organiser for the event. The prime minister’s announcement came after the Royal Household Bureau officially declared the coronation date on Tuesday. His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn took the throne after his father, King Rama IX, passed away on October 13, 2016.
“This is an important opportunity for the government to join hands with the public to prepare for the ceremony in the King’s honour that is in accordance with our customs and culture,” the PM said.
He added that the panel will be in charge of events before, during and after the ceremony.
Since the King ascended the throne in 2016, the government has been making preparations for the coronation ceremony pending official announcement.
The Royal Household Bureau announced that the newly crowned King will appear before the Royal Family, privy councillors, Cabinet members and civil servants on May 4 to receive their good wishes. The following day, a ceremony will be held to bestow a royal name on the King, and on the same day, other Royals will be bequeathed with new titles reflecting their relationship with King Rama X.
On May 6, the King will grant an audience to members of the public and foreign diplomats in the Grand Palace.
“The King views this as a suitable time for the coronation in accordance with tradition. It will be a national celebration and bring joy to the people and the Kingdom,” the bureau said.