The Joint Administration Center for the Royal Cremation of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej on 17 October 2017 organized a press briefing on preparations for the ceremony to place Nine-Tiered Great White Umbrella of State (Nopphapadon Maha Sawetta Chat) at the top of the Royal Crematorium (Phra Merumas). The ceremony will be held on 18 October 2017. Representatives from the Fine Arts Department and the Government Public Relations Department (PRD) joined the press briefing at the Main Press Center (MPC), Thammasat University.
Miss Suporn Ratthanapong, Deputy Director – General of the Fine Arts Department, spoke about the background of this important ceremony and the creation of the Nine-tiered Great White Umbrella of State, in accordance with royal ancient traditions.
Mr. Pornpitak Maensiri, PRD Senior Specialist for Public Relations, said that certain roads around Sanam Luang would be closed to traffic from 14.00 hr onwards on 18 October 2017. Members of the media will be allowed to cover this event outside the ceremonial ground. The Television Pool of Thailand will start to broadcast live this ceremony from 16.50 hr onwards.
On 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 at the top of the Royal Crematorium within Sanam Luang ceremonial ground.
The Nine-tiered Great White Umbrella of State, which is part of the Royal Regalia, is reserved for the 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 hangings. The umbrella of state is placed or hung 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.