By The Nation
His late father King Bhumibol will henceforth be referred to as His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great. A royal golden plaque bearing the title was placed before his official portrait in the Amarindra Vinijaya Throne Hall at the Grand Palace.
Queen Sirikit, mother of King Rama X, is now to be known as Her Majesty Queen Sirikit the Queen Mother, as engraved on a golden plaque similarly “presented to” her portrait.
The King’s younger sisters, Their Royal Highness Princesses Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and Chulabhorn also received new titles as well as elevated ranks.
Each in turn received golden plaques after kneeling in front of their brother as he poured ceremonial water for them, with Her Majesty Queen Suthida at their side on the floor.
Also receiving new titles and plaques on Sunday morning were HRH Princess Soamsawali, former wife of the King while he was Crown Prince, and the daughter she bore him, HRH Princess Bajrakitiyabha, as well as his younger daughter HRH Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana and his son HRH Prince Dipangkorn Rasmijoti.
The two daughters of HRH Princess Chulabhorn also received new titles etched on royal golden plaques.