This evening (18 October 2017 at 17.00 hr), His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun will preside over the ceremony of placing the Nine-tiered Great White Umbrella of State (Nopphapadon Maha Sawetta Chat) at the top of the Royal Crematorium (Phra Merumas), at Sanam Luang ceremonial ground.
After a ceremony at the Amphorn Sathan Residential Hall, His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun will also grant Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-o-cha, the Governor of Bangkok, and governors or representatives from 76 provinces boxes containing the Royal Flame for the symbolic fire-lighting for the Royal Cremation Ceremony at 85 locations nationwide and 94 locations abroad, which will be held at 17.00 hr on 26 October 2017.
The Nine-tiered Great White Umbrella of State, which is part of the Royal Regalia, is reserved for a king who has performed a royal coronation ceremony in accordance with royal ancient traditions. It is made of white cloth in nine tiers, each decorated with three levels of golden bands, the last one with floral tassels. The umbrella of state is raised on various occasions. For example, it is placed over the Royal Crematorium and the Golden Palanquin with Three Poles (Phra Yannamas Sam Lam Khan), in the procession to transfer the Royal Urn to the funeral pyre at the Royal Crematorium. The Nine-tiered Great White Umbrella stands 5.10 meters tall and is 1.20 meters wide.