His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn on Saturday presided over a royal merit-making ceremony for the Royal Relics of his father, His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, at Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall in The Grand Palace.
Arriving at 5.30pm, the King was accompanied by Royal Family members including his daughters HRH Princess Bajrakitiyabha and HRH Sirivannavari Nariratana.
Also at the ceremony were several other members of the Royal Family, including the current monarch’s sisters HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya.
The ceremony started with the King paying respects to the statue of the Buddhas in front of the late King’s Royal Relics. The King then paid respects to the Royal Relics of the Chakri Dynasty’s late monarchs and royal family members, and lastly to the Royal Relics of King Rama IX.
Before praying for the late monarch, the King presented royal fans made especially for this event to the Supreme Patriarch, His Holiness Ariyavongsagatanana, and to 30 other venerable monks from royal temples throughout the country.
Then, led by the Supreme Patriarch, the 30 monks chanted a prayer.
Following the Royal Cremation on Thursday, the event was the penultimate royal event of the five days of ceremonies, which will finish on Sunday with the fifth and sixth processions taking place at The Grand Palace.
In the morning at 10.30am, the royal relics will be moved from Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall to be enshrined in the Heavenly Abode in Chakri Maha Prasat Throne Hall, where the Royal Relics of the late monarchs of the Chakri Dynasty are placed.
Later on the same day, at 5.30pm, the Royal Ashes will be enshrined at two royal temples, Wat Ratchabophit and Wat Bovoranives.