Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn has suggested that the water collected for use in the coronation in May be screened for purity as it will be used in the blessed ceremony.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday said the Princess had noted that the screening and other essential procedures of the holy water needed to be implemented carefully.
In accordance with longstanding tradition, the sacred water will be used to anoint His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn as the new monarch during the three-day coronation, starting on May 4.
Searching for the water sources from around the country has already started.
After chairing a Cabinet meeting yesterday, Prayut said that all the holy water would be gathered and entered at a ceremony on April 18-19 at Suthat Thepwararam Rachaworamaha Viharn Temple.
The Royal Household Bureau earlier this month announced that the coronation for His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn would be held from May 4 to 6.
Prayut also said yesterday that May 6 would be a public holiday in order to help facilitate the staging of the event.
The King deems it appropriate that the ceremony be conducted in accordance with royal traditions and for the joy of the people and the Kingdom on this auspicious occasion of the country.
On May 4, the King will grant a grand audience to members of the Royal Family, the Privy Council and the Cabinet, as well as senior officials.
The following day, there will be a ceremony to bestow the royal name of the King and the new titles to members of the Royal Family.
Later, the King will travel on a royal land procession and on May 6 he will appear on a balcony of Sutthaisawan Prasat Hall in the Grand Palace to grant a grand public audience to the general public, so that they may offer their best wishes to His Majesty.
He will later grant an audience to members of the international diplomatic corps, who will offer their felicitations on this special occasion at Chakri Maha Prasat Throne Hall.