The Royal Coronation of His Majesty King?Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun will be held from Saturday?4th to Monday 6th May 2019. The actual coronation will take place on the first day and the last day will be a public holiday. According to an announcement by the Bureau of the Royal Household, issued on 1st January 2019, stated that His Majesty the King had ascended the Throne as the King of Thailand, following the invitation of the President of the National Legislative Assembly, acting as the President of the National Assembly, on behalf of the Thai people. “His Majesty the King deems it appropriate that it is time for the Royal Coronation Ceremony to be conducted in accordance with royal traditions and for the joy of the people and the Kingdom on this auspicious occasion of the country.”
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WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR:?Leading up to the Coronation
- Saturday 6th April 2019: Each provincial governor will perform a rite of drawing water from a significant water source of their province.
- Monday 8th – Tuesday 9th April 2019: Consecration rites for the water will be organized in each province at royal temples.
- Thursday 18th April 2019: The sacred water from 77 provinces will go through another consecration rite, to be held at Wat Suthat Thepphawararam,?one of Bangkok’s oldest and most important temples. The Prime Minister will preside over this consecration rite.
- Friday 19th April 2019: The consecrated water for the Royal Coronation Ceremony will be taken in a procession from Wat Suthat to the?ubosot?of the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.
- Monday 22nd – Tuesday 23rd April 2019:?A ceremony to inscribe the full name of the King on Phra Suphannabap, a golden sheet.
- Thursday 2nd May 2019:?The King will pay respects to all deities.
- Friday 3rd May 2019: A procession to carry royal items including Phra Suphannabap, the golden sheet with the King’s name inscribed on it, and the royal seal. 133 soldiers will feature in this procession, from the Temple of the Emerald Buddha to the Phaisan Thaksin Throne Hall in the Grand Palace.
WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR:?During the Coronation (4th-6th May 2019)
The Royal Coronation Ceremony of?His Majesty King?Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, King Rama X,?will be televised by the Television Pool of Thailand and on the Thai TV Global Network for viewers in 170 countries worldwide. It will also be live-streamed on the Facebook pages of the public relations department and various news outlets.
- Saturday 4th May 2019:
- The ceremonial bathing rite of purification will take place at Chakrabat Biman Royal Residence in the Grand Palace during the morning.
- In the afternoon, HM the King will be officially pronounced as the promoter of Buddhism. 234 soldiers will accompany the King in a procession from the Amarin Winitchai Throne Hall to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.
- King will preside over a ceremony paying homage to former monarchs at Prasart Phrathep Bidorn, a castle located inside the Grand Palace.
- His Majesty will grant an audience with royal family members, privy councilors, cabinet members and senior government officials.
- There will then be an “assumption of residence” ceremony.
- Sunday 5th May 2019:?
- There will be a ceremony marking the inscription of the King’s full ceremonial name.
- His Majesty will then present Royal titles to members of the Royal family to mark their relationship to the new king.
- On this same day, there will be a royal procession called “liap phranakhon” on the streets around Rattanakosin Island to receive blessings and well wishes from members of the public. This is the largest of the processions featuring 1,368 soldiers and will last about three hours. The parade will be led by a marching band playing six songs composed by the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
- Monday 6th May 2019:
- His Majesty will make an appearance on the Sihabanchon balcony of Sutthaisawan Prasat Hall on the eastern side of the Grand Palace.
- Later on the same day, His Majesty will grant an audience to foreign diplomats at the?Chakri Maha Prasat Throne Hall in the Grand Palace.
WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR:?After the Coronation
- There will most likely be a large?Royal Barge Procession during October/November 2019. Details and dates are yet to be announced.
PUBLIC HOLIDAYS AND CLOSURES:?This is everything that we know so far
- Monday 6th May 2019 has been declared a special?holiday in order for the public to join the celebrations in Bangkok. A similar holiday was declared during the cremation of King Rama IX.
- The Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha will most certainly be closed from 4th-6th May 2019 due to ceremonies for the coronation. However, it is also quite likely that the palace will be closed at least a week in advance for preparations. In the lead up to the cremation of King Rama IX, the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha was closed for a whole month.
- In the future, 4th May will be a public holiday every year for Coronation Day (‘Wan Chattra Mongkhon’).
- It is most likely that all shops and tourist attractions will be open as normal during this period. During the cremation ceremony of King Rama IX, many places closed their doors for the day. But that was out of respect for the late King. It is unlikely they will do the same during the coronation. However, government-run attractions, like the national museums and royal palaces, will most certainly be closed that weekend. Anyway, they normally close on a Monday.
- 2,000 troops for King’s coronation –2,000 military personnel with high levels of physical fitness and good behavioural records to march in three traditional processions during His Majesty the King’s coronation ceremonies in May.