The Princess on Film

Today, the Nation published an article “The Princess on film”.
Buranee Rachjaibun, who directed one of the best documentaries about Princess Galyani currently being shown on TV, learned a great deal from the experience.

….”She was always very friendly. I vividly remember one occasion when she attended the classical ballet ‘Biarritz’ at the Thailand Cultural Centre.

“Space was very limited in the backstage area where her car was parked, and normally only the show’s director greets the Princess. But the whole cast was eager to see her and asked me if the Princess might talk to them. I wasn’t sure about it at all, but the Princess was very kind and shook hands with every performer, and even spoke to them in French beautifully. It was so impressive!”….

Thre are more impressive stories from Buranee’s memory. You can read full story at: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/2008/01/17/lifestyle/lifestyle_30062442.php


The Bureau of the Royal Household has disclosed that citizens have donated a combined sum exceeding 5 million baht in reverence to Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana.

The sum has been tallied from donations given to the bureau since January 2nd to 13th. The bureau stated that Her Royal Highness’ passing has prompted such generosity from citizens that the bureau has had to open an account which it has named the “Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana Fund”. The fund will be used to sponsor Her Royal Highness’ various royal projects.

The exact tally released by the bureau showed that 12 days of contributions have yielded 5,784,065.75 baht in donations.

Source: The Public Relations Department

Many people have tried to find Her Royal Highness the Princess Galyani Vadhana’s biography. And so do I. For English version, I prefer the one from the Siamese Collection.

“Her Royal Highness the Princess Galyani Vadhana was one of the hardest working member of the Royal Family. She normally went about her work quietly and without much fuss. Whatever she did, she did with her heart. She took for herself a work load that could be indescibable to some. She was head of over 60 organizations and she looked after each one herself, and with full knowledge and concentration.”

Read the full version here : http://www.soravij.com/galyani.html

King bestows honour

HM approves seven-tiered umbrella for urn in acknowledgement of her contribution to the country.

His Majesty the King yesterday approved the use of a seven-tiered umbrella for the urn of Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana, to honour her for being a good sister and a great contributor to the country.

The 84-year-old Princess passed away on January 2.

The seven-tiered umbrella is the highest honour for the Princess, who was not born a Somdej Chaofa (Celestial Princess) in the royal hierarchy. At birth, she was a Mom Chao.

His Majesty’s approval was announced after Their Majesties the King and Queen arrived at the Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall to make merit in a dedication to the Princess.

His Majesty loved his sister dearly, and had great respect for her. She looked after him during his youth.

“The Princess should receive great honour,” the royal announcement said.

After the announcement was read, His Majesty laid a garland, lit incense sticks and candles to pay respect to Buddha statues and monks. A prayer service followed, after which His Majesty gave gifts and robes to monks.

Hundreds of people lined the route between Chitralada Palace and the

Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall to see Their Majesties. The Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall is located within the Grand Palace.

Their Majesties’ children and grandchildren accompanied them.

At 10.30am this morning, another royal merit-making ceremony will take place at the throne hall.

Members of the public will then be able to pay their respects before the body of the Princess between 2pm and 4pm. From Friday, members of the public can attend the throne hall between 9am and 4pm.

The Royal Household Bureau will distribute pictures of the Princess’ royal urn to those attending the throne hall.

The Nation

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com

The Bureau of the Royal Household revealed that His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej accompanied by Her Majesty Queen Sirikit will engage in a ceremony today (January 9th) to end the seven days of mourning at the Sahathai Samakom Pavilion.

The ceremony will take place at the Dusit Throne Hall with Their Majesties the King and Queen traveling to the throne hall at 5 PM today. His Majesty the King will light candles and incense at the Nopadolmahasaewathachat (นพปดลมหาเศวตฉัตร) altar. 30 monks will pray during the lighting of the candles after which His Majesty will make alms to the monks. Four monks will preach after the candle and lighting and pray to end the ceremony. Their Majesties will then depart from the throne hall.

A second similar ceremony will take place tomorrow morning (January 10) to begin mourning at the Dusit Throne Hall. Citizens will be allowed to pay their respects at the throne hall from tomorrow onwards.

 Source: The Public Relations Department

The Ministry of Culture’s Department of Fine Arts has disclosed its final decision concerning the design for the royal funeral pyre to be used in the crematory ceremony of Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana.

The pyre will be of a traditional Thai style with a design commonly seen in traditional palaces and castles.  A main aspect of the pyre will be that it has 7 levels of Sawettachattra which are symbolic of royal umbrellas used to protect members of the royal family.  The 7 levels were were selected by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and approved by His Majesty the King as a special honor to Her Royal Highness as traditionally there would only be 5 levels.  The structure, which in past times would be constructed with wood, will be made of a metal frame and covered in wooden paneling as to ensure stronger construction.

The pyre’s designer Naval Captain Arvud Ngunchooklin (อาวุธ เงินชูกลิ่น) who is also the head of the Department of Fine Arts and a national artist estimated that the structure would be completed within 7 months.  Naval Captain Arvud stated that though the project may be impeded by the rainy season, a sizeable budget should help to insure that it is finished in an expedient fashion.

Source: The Public Relations Department

His Majesty the King has declared that once the royal funeral ceremonies end on the 7th day following the passing of Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana, state agencies and members of the aristocracy will be allowed to conduct funeral rites in reverence for Her Royal Highness.

The funeral rites will be allowed on every Wednesday and will take place until the ending of traditional 100 days of mourning and the crematory ceremony.  Members of the Royal Family, government organizations and members of the aristocracy will be allowed to host the rites ceremonies.

Citizens will be allowed to conduct daily rites services on a daily basis after April 12.  Public members will also be allowed to pay respect to Her Royal Highness at Dusit Throne Hall from January 10th onward.

Interested citizens may contact the Bureau of the Royal Household at 02-224-3273 and 02-224-3333.

 Source: The Public Relations Department