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Thailand plans 300-million-baht funeral for late Princess
January 10, 2008

THAILAND/ROYAL FUNERAL
Thailand plans 300-million-baht funeral for late Princess

Thailand's Cabinet on Tuesday approved a Bt300 million ($8.9m) budget for the funeral of Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana.

After chairing a committee in charge of the royal funeral service, Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont said the cabinet approved the budget for the funeral.

The premier told journalists that five sub-committees were set up to prepare the funeral ceremony for the late princess, the elder sister of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Princess Galyani Vadhana passed away on January 2 at the age of 84 after a long battle with abdominal cancer.

The sub-committees will oversee the Royal Crematorium, public relations, commemorative items and historical chronicles, he said.

The Royal Crematorium and the Royal Chariot to convey the princess body from the Dusit Maha Prasart Throne Hall of the Grand Palace to the Royal Crematorium at Sanam Luang, a large open ground in front of the Grand Palace, were the urgent matters at the moment, he said, adding that the second priority was the management as the public wanted to taking part in the ceremony as much as possible.

As for the Royal Crematorium, the premier said the plan has been completed and has presented to His Majesty the King for royal approval.

The crematorium was designed by Group Captain Arvuth Ngernchuglin, a national artist and former director general of the Fine Arts Department.

The schedule will soon be set for the completion of the Royal Crematorium construction.

Gen. Surayud said the Royal Crematorium would be built in the style of an ancient Thai prasart with four porticos and traditional Thai decoration.

Courtesy TNA

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