Princess Sirindhorn joins final rehearsal of Royal Cremation processions as huge crowd throng Sanam Luang 

Huge crowd turned out around Sanam Luang Saturday (Oct 21) to watch the final rehearsal of the royal cremation processions in which Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn took part.

The final rehearsal will take two days–Oct 21 and 22.

In the Royal Cremation Ceremony for the royal remains of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the procession of honour, covering three days, has been arranged into six processions, with the involvement of 5,613 personnel clad in colorful traditional uniforms.

The rehearsal of the first, second and third procession is conducted today, Oct 21, from 7am to 3pm, while th rehearsal of the fourth, fifth, and sixth procession will be held tomorrow (Oct 22).

The Royal Thai Police have deployed 87,000 police to keep peace and order during the two-day final rehearsal.

People arrived at the venue since Friday night and camped out overnight to get closer to the prime places where the processions would pass.

Those who wanted to enter the rehearsal areas must showed their IDs at nine checkpoints for screening before they could get access to the area where only 40,000 people can gather and have close viewing.

The checkpoint opened at 5am today. Traffic on 18 roads are closed during the two-day rehearsal.

They are: Ratchadamnoen Nai, Sanam Chai, Lak Muang, Kanlayana Maitree, Charoen Krung, Phra Phiphit, Thai Wang, Maharat (by the Grand Palace), Maharat (by Wat Phra That), Phra Chan, Setthakarn, Chetuphon, Phrayaphet, Na Phralan, Na Phra That, Rachini, Phra Athit and Chao Fah.

Video clip of today (Oct 21)'s rehearsals of the royal cremation processions. #KingBhumibol #ThaiPBSenglish In the Royal Cremation Ceremony for the royal remains of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the procession of honour will take place on 26,27 and 29 October. The procession of honour has been arranged into six processions, with the involvement of 5,613 personnel clad in colorful traditional uniforms.● First procession: transferring the Royal Urn upon the Golden Palanquin with Three Poles from Dusit Maha Prasad Throne Hall to the Great Victory Chariot in front of Wat Phra Chetuphon.● Second procession: transferring the Royal Urn upon the Great Victory Chariot from in front of Wat Phra Chetuphon to the Royal Crematorium at Sanam Luang.● Third procession: transferring the Royal Urn upon the Royal Gun-carriage, circumambulating three rounds counter-clockwise around the Royal Crematorium, before taking the Royal Urn up into the Royal Crematorium.● Fourth procession: transferring the Royal Relics upon the Royal Palanquin with Four Poles and Royal Ashes upon Rajendrayan Noi, from the Royal Crematorium to the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.● Fifth procession: transferring the Royal Relics upon the Royal Palanquin with Four Poles on the route from Dusit Maha Prasad Throne Hall to Chakri Maha Prasad Throne Hall.● Sixth procession (5.30pm): transferring the Royal Ashes from Phra Sri Rattana Chedi in the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, on a royal car, to be enshrined at Wat Rajabopidh and Wat Bovoranives.

Posted by Thai PBS English News on Saturday, 21 October 2017

About the six processions in the Royal Cremation Ceremony:

Taking the royal remains to the Royal Crematorium, in accordance with ancient traditions, is of special importance. It is a way to accord great honour to the royal remains.

In the Royal Cremation Ceremony for the royal remains of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the processionof honour, covering three days, has been arranged into six processions.

Thursday, 26 October 2017, 7am 

♦ First procession: transferring the Royal Urn upon the Golden Palanquin with Three Poles (Phra Yannamas Sam Lam Khan) from Dusit Maha Prasad Throne Hall to the Great Victory Chariot (Phra Maha Phichai Rajarot) in front of Wat Phra Chetuphon.

The procession is formed in front of Dheva Bhirom Gate, the Grand Palace, covering a length of 817 meters.

Duration: 30 minutes | Troops: 965 in number

♦ Second procession: transferring the Royal Urn upon the Great Victory Chariot from in front of Wat Phra Chetuphon to the Royal Crematorium at Sanam Luang.

The procession is formed in front of Wat Phra Chetuphon, covering a length of 890 meters.

Duration: Two hours | Troops: 2,406 in number

♦ Third procession: transferring the Royal Urn upon the Royal Gun-carriage (Rajarot Puen Yai), circumambulating three rounds counter-clockwise around the Royal Crematorium, before taking the Royal Urn up into the Royal Crematorium.

The procession is formed at the entrance to the Royal Crematorium. Each round covers a length of 260 meters

Duration: 30 minutes | Troops: 781 in number

Friday, 27 October 2017, 8am

♦ Fourth procession: transferring the Royal Relics upon the Royal Palanquin with Four Poles (Rajendrayan Busabok Palanquin) and Royal Ashes upon Rajendrayan Noi, from the Royal Crematorium to the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.

The procession is formed at the Sanam Luang central road, covering a length of 1,074 meters.

Duration: 30 minutes | Troops: 834 in number

Sunday, 29 October 2017

♦ Fifth procession (10.30am)transferring the Royal Relics upon the Royal Palanquin with Four Poles on the route from Dusit Maha Prasad Throne Hall to Chakri Maha Prasad Throne Hall.

The procession is formed in front of Dusit Maha Prasad Throne Hall.

Route: Dusit Maha Prasad Throne Hall to Chakri Maha Prasad Throne Hall, covering a length of 63 meters

Duration: 10 minutes | Troops: 550 in number

♦  Sixth procession (5.30pm): transferring the Royal Ashes from Phra Sri Rattana Chedi in the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, on a royal car, to be enshrined at Wat Rajabopidh and Wat Bovoranives.

The procession is formed at Phra Sri Rattana Chedi in the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.

Route 1: The Temple of the Emerald Buddha- Vises Jayasri Gate – Na Phra Lan Road–Sanam

Cavalry troops: 77 in number

Source: The Committee on Public Relations for the Royal Cremation of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej