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Royal funeral preparations will be ready in September, says Prayut

Kingdom Grieves June 27, 2017 18:02

By The Nation

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All the preparations for the Royal funeral of His Majesty the late King Rama IX scheduled on October 26 will be ready in September, said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Tuesday.

The mini and full rehearsals for the funeral procession and other requirements have to start next month, he said.

The issues were discussed and agreed during the second meeting of the funeral panel that was chaired by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.

“The preparations for the Royal funeral have progressed about 60 to 90 per cent. All the things would be ready in September,” Prayut said.

The Royal funeral for HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej will take place from October 25 to 29 while the cremation will take place on October 26.

His Majesty the King has been informed of the progress of the work, Prayut said.

From next month, we will enter full-rehearsal mode, Prayut said. The rehearsals would have to start today because the procession of 800 meters (to parade the Royal Urn from Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall to the Royal crematorium in Sanam Luang) would last about two hours. 

“All the works are very informative so the rehearsals would be in full function from next month,” he said.

He reiterated that the special public holiday will fall on October 26 only, not all the five days of that week as claimed on some social networks.

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