Friday, January 11, 2008

Princess, public pay tribute

Princess, public pay tribute

HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn yesterday provided a meal to eight monks performing praying services for her aunt, HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana.

Published on January 5, 2008

The elder sister of HM the King Bhumibol Adulyadej passed away at the age of 84 early Wednesday.

In response to His Majesty's instruction, royal merit-making ceremonies for the princess will continue for seven days since the day she passed away.

During the 100-day mourning period, praying ceremonies will continue at the Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall from 6am to midnight every day. The funeral ensemble will perform mourning music at regular intervals.

Members of the public were allowed to pay their tributes to the princess at the Saha Thai Samakhom Pavilion inside the Grand Palace. A portrait of the Princess was placed so that mourners could show their respect for her.

There were also books in which the mourners could sign their messages for the Princess.

A total of 15,891 people signed messages at the pavilion yesterday.

The Nation

Three jumbo mourners

Three elephants will be among the millions mourning the passing of HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana, who adopted them.

Published on January 6, 2008

The three pachyderms are living at a shelter in Lampang under the supervision of the National Elephant Institute.

The first elephant is a 14-year-old cow named Phang Phra Thida Juthanant. She was adopted on October 8, 1994, about a year after she was born.

The Princess later accepted patronage of the NEI and paid an annual visit to Phang and the shelter every year. On these occasions she donated to the shelter and several other NEI concerns.

She subsequently adopted two more elephants, which shared her birthday, May 6. Phang Wanalee was born in 1997 and Phang Aleena in 2004.

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