By The Nation
IN THE afternoon session of the first day of the three-day Royal Coronation ceremony on Saturday, His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn, sat on the Budtan Kanchana Singhasana, or the Royal Throne.
Clad in regal vestments and wearing the Great Crown of Victory, with the royal nine-tiered umbrella “Nophapadol Maha Saweta Chatra” (Nine-tiered Umbrella of the State) rising over him, he was flanked by pages carrying the royal regalia.
HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn in regal vestments grants an audience to representatives of the Royal Family, the Privy Council, the Cabinet, as well as senior officials, who had come to offer their best wishes and pay homage to the monarch at Amarindra Vinijaya Throne Hall on Saturday.
The King granted an audience to representatives of the Royal Family, the Privy Council, the Cabinet as well as senior officials, who had all gathered to offer their best wishes and to pay homage to the new King at Amarindra Vinijaya Throne Hall.
On the auspicious occasion, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn represented the Royal Family members in offering their best wishes to His Majesty the King. She declared every member of the Royal Family was determined to uphold the truth and promised loyalty to the King.
“We, all the members of the Royal Family, declare our honesty and loyalty to make our best efforts to uphold the prestige of the Royal House of Chakri Dynasty.”
Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, representing theRoyal Family, conveys their best wishes to the monarch.
Next, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, who represented the Cabinet, government officials as well as the military, Pornpetch Wichitcholchai, president of National Legislative Assembly, and Cheep Chulamon, president of the Supreme Court, also conveyed their best wishes to the King.
In return, the King offered his blessings to members of the Royal Family, the representatives, and the Thai people. He thanked those who had come to offer their wishes and requested all Thai people to share his goal of fulfilling one’s duty by upholding the country’s stability and the people’s happiness to the utmost possible. He prayed to holy spirits to protect and bring prosperity to everyone.
His Majesty the King is carried on a palanquin to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha to proclaim himself the Royal Patron of Buddhism on Saturday.
His Majesty proceeded to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha to proclaim his formal declaration of faith by demonstrating his willingness to become the Royal Patron of Buddhism. He sat on the Budtan Kanchana Singhasana, which was carried on a royal palanquin by royal guards.
Along the way, many Thai people wearing yellow shirts sat on the ground, defying the heat, holding His Majesty’s portrait above their heads while cheering “Long Live the King”.
The King then went to the Prasad Phra Dhepbidorn or the Royal Pantheon to pay homage to nine statues of previous kings enshrined inside this building.
After that, the King proceeded to the Dusit Maha Prasad Throne Hall to pay homage to the Royal Relics of his ancestors, the previous Kings and Queens. There are a total of 22 Royal Relics, dating from King Rama I to King Rama IX.
The King pays homage to the Royal Relics of previous Kings and Queens at the Dusit MahaPrasad Throne Hall on Saturday.
According to the official Royal Coronation programme, the Assumption of the Royal Residence – another important part of the ceremony that took place at Chakrabat Biman Royal Residence – was a private event and hence there was no live broadcast.
The details of the final session of the ceremony have been adjusted to be appropriate for the circumstances of each reign, according to an explanation on the history of the Royal Coronation ceremony by His Royal Highness Prince Damrong Rajanubhab (1862-1943).
The high-ranking officials prepares the canopy bed during the the Assumption of the Royal Residence on Saturday.
The full Royal Coronation ceremony is divided into two main sections: first, the coronation ceremony, for the glorification of the royal official title, and secondly, the Assumption of the Royal Residence Ceremony, for the King to reside in the palace for at least one night. The purpose of the ceremony is to symbolically take up the royal residence in the palace and perform a housewarming.
Royal auspicious items and utensils are taken along for the Assumption of the Royal Residence at Chakrapat Biman Royal Residence. The royal auspicious items include a cat, known as wila in Pali language, the mortar stone, auspicious seeds, green gourd, a golden key and a gold blossom of the betel palm. More objects were later added such as the whisk, which is made of the tail of a male white elephant and white rooster. The person bearing the sacred royal staff, one of the items of the royal regalia, carries it into the ceremony.
Their Majesties King Maha Vajiralongkorn and Queen Suthida in the royal procession of the Assumption of the Royal Residence on Saturday.
Traditionally, only persons belonging to the Royal Family are responsible for carrying the royal auspicious items. In olden days, the bearers of these auspicious articles for the Assumption of the Royal Residence ceremony were only women of the Royal Family.