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Prince Harry to attend Philip’s funeral for just 30 mourners and ‘no public access’

Apr 11. 2021

By The Washington Post · William Booth, Miriam Berger

LONDON – Buckingham Palace announced Saturday that Prince Philip’s funeral will take place at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on April 17 – but in keeping with government lockdown measures, the ceremony will be “much reduced in scale with no public access.”

The palace said the number of mourners will be limited to 30. Both the British government and the royal family asked the public to stay home rather than pay respects in person. There will be no public processions or viewings.

Philip was the longest-serving consort in British history and husband to Queen Elizabeth II for 73 years, and the royal family said he expressed his wishes for a low-key affair. He died Friday at age 99, just two months shy of the century mark. There will be eight days of national mourning.

Prince Harry will travel from Southern California to attend the funeral, but his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, will not – based on medical advice, a spokeswoman for the couple said. Meghan is pregnant with their second child, due in the summer. She suffered a miscarriage last year, which she wrote about in the New York Times.

The funeral list is so tight that Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would not attend to open a spot for a member of the royal family. Philip and Elizabeth have four children, eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, plus their spouses.

On Saturday, Prince Charles released a videotaped statement from his Highgrove estate in Gloucestershire. He emerged from the home, dressed in a blue suit and black tie, looking downcast and calling Prince Philip, “my dear papa.”

Charles began, speaking without notes: “I particularly want to say . . . My father, I suppose the last 70 years, has given the most remarkable, devoted service to the queen, to my family, and to the country, and also to the whole of the commonwealth. And, as you can imagine, my family and I miss my father enormously.”

“He was,” Charles added, “a much loved and appreciated figure.”

He ended: “Thank you. Thank you.” Then he turned and went back inside his home, as viewers could hear bird calls from the estate gardens.

The funeral will take place entirely within the walls of Windsor Castle. The palace announced: “His Royal Highness’s coffin will be carried in a purpose-built Land Rover – which The Duke was involved in the design of – flanked by military Pall Bearers, in a small Ceremonial Procession from the State Entrance to St George’s Chapel, for the Funeral Service.”

The eight pallbearers and the dean of Windsor and the archbishop of Canterbury. who will officiate, will not be counted in the limit of 30, the BBC reported.

Since the death announcement at noon Friday, the queen has been visited at Windsor by Charles and her other three children, Anne, Andrew and Edward.

Around the country on Saturday, signs of mourning were everywhere: royal staff in black, a 41-round gun salute. The Union Jack was at half-staff, and will remain so until a day after the funeral.

Many of these tributes are based on long-standing royal protocol. Others reflect pandemic-related restrictions.

To announce Philip’s death on Friday, a plaque, per royal tradition, was placed in front of Buckingham Palace, reading: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.”

It was, however, removed later in the day, amid fears that it was attracting crowds in violation of limits on public gatherings.

“With the safety and well-being of the public in mind, and in accordance with government guidelines, members of the public are asked not to gather in crowds,” the palace said in a statement Friday. “Those wishing to express their condolences are asked to do so in the safest way possible, and not to gather at Royal Residences.”

Britons, nonetheless, continued to gather to leave floral tributes in front of palaces and mark the moment in pictures and collective mourning.

At noon in Britain, a nationwide 41-gun salute was held to honor the former naval officer and World War II veteran.

The Church of England, which Elizabeth officially heads, published prayer resources for churches to use during the mourning period.

Others incorporated socially distanced moments of silence into their Saturday plans, such as at sporting events, which the prince avidly supported.

The life and complicated legacy of Prince Philip dominated British media coverage on Saturday. Over many decades, Prince Philip ran the gamut in the British press: at times scolded, mocked and lauded for everything from cringeworthy comments to his dutiful service to the crown.

But some were frustrated by the attention over the late Duke of Edinburgh in a year in which the coronavirus has officially killed nearly 3 million people worldwide and more than 125,000 in Britain.

There was also concern that coverage of Philip’s death on Friday was overshadowing other pressing developments in Britain, such as ongoing unrest in Northern Ireland over Brexit trade rules, as well as glossing over the less flattering parts of his life and the British monarchy’s impact.

Initial ratings by Britain’s Broadcast Audience Research Board found that the BBC and ITV, two British networks that on Friday pulled other coverage to prioritize the royal news, had major drops in viewers this week compared with last, according to the Independent. The BBC set up a web form specifically for Philip coverage-related complaints.

“Although the corporation [BBC] is used to finding itself in the middle of Britain’s culture wars, its handling of Philip’s death points to a deeper question over the ability of a national broadcaster to force the country together to mourn a single individual in an era where audiences are fragmented and less deferential,” reported the Guardian.

British media also conveyed the condolences pouring in from leaders around the world, including Pope Francis and all five living former U.S. presidents.

Princess Sirivannavari gets her Covid jab #SootinClaimon.Com

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Princess Sirivannavari gets her Covid jab

Mar 23. 2021

By THE NATION

Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana was administered the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine on Tuesday at Chulalongkorn Hospital.

The vaccination procedure for the Princess follows the guidelines set by the Public Health Ministry, which includes registration, physical examination, weight check, blood pressure check and 30 minutes of monitoring for side effects after the inoculation.

The AstraZeneca vaccine is suitable for people above the age of 18 and is effective in reducing the severity of Covid-19 symptoms. It also makes the virus less infectious. Hence, it is suitable for those who have a high risk of infection from interacting with patients or those who travel frequently and interact with many different people.

Their Majesties make merit on Makha Puja Day #SootinClaimon.Com

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Their Majesties make merit on Makha Puja Day

Feb 27. 2021

By THE NATION

His Majesty the King performed a religious ceremony to make merit on Makha Puja Day on Friday evening at Wat Phra Si Rattana Satsadaram (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) in Bangkok’s Phra Nakhon district.

He was accompanied by Her Majesty Queen Suthida Bajrasudhabimalalakshana, Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana Rajakanya and Chao Khun Phra Sineenat Bilaskalayani.

Their Majesties also provided hand sanitisers and drinking water to the public attending the ceremony on Friday. The Ministry of Public Health deployed screening checkpoints at the entrance to the ceremony venue to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Makha Puja Day commemorates the Fourfold Assembly of 1,250 enlightened monks (arhat) that took place more than 2,500 years ago. All the monks, who had been ordained personally by Lord Buddha, met spontaneously, with no prior scheduling, beneath the first full moon of March (the month of Makha).

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His Majesty joins Royal Noble Consort in making merit

Jan 26. 2021

By THE NATION

His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn graciously joined Chao Khun Phra (Royal Noble Consort) Sineenat Bilaskalayani in making merit for her birthday at the Amporn Sathan Throne Hall in Dusit Palace on Tuesday morning.

After the ceremony, they travelled to Wasukri Pier in Bangkok’s Dusit district to donate two cows and two buffalos, as well as release birds and fish.

HM the King blesses Thai people with happiness in the New Year #SootinClaimon.Com

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HM the King blesses Thai people with happiness in the New Year

Jan 01. 2021

By THE NATION

His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn gave his blessings and good wishes to Thai people for 2021.

In a New Year’s eve address at Amporn Sathan Throne Hall, Dusit Palace,at 8pm on Thursday, the King conveyed his blessings and good wishes for all Thai people to be happy throughout the year.

“Thai people have long standing culture, traditions, rites, language and arts that represent the goodness, beauty and prosperity of our country. They also connect and unite Thai people from every part of the country as one. It is important that all Thais help preserve this cultural heritage and further improve them in the future.

“I wish you all to have a strong commitment to complete your duties, along with intelligence, conscience and logical thinking based on righteousness and truth. Although the country is facing challenges due to a disease, through cooperation and understanding we could all overcome this crisis together and progress sustainably towards the future.

“May the Holy Triple Gem and all the sacred things that you revere, as well as the virtues of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great, protect your families and bless you with good health and intelligence that will help you and the country achieve happiness and prosperity together.”

Their Majesties the King and Queen also released a 2021 New Year greeting card for Thai people. On the front side of the card is the symbol of the Chakri dynasty, as well as the symbols of Their Majesties. When opened, on the right side of the card is a picture of the King and Queen, while on the left is the message “2021 New Year Blessing”, with the signatures of Their Majesties.

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Their Majesties pay tribute to King Taksin

Dec 29. 2020

By THE NATION

Their Majesties the King and Queen on Monday placed flower bouquets at the Equestrian Statue of King Taksin the Great at the Wongwian Yai roundabout in Bangkok’s Thonburi district to mark the anniversary of King Taksin the Great’s enthronement on December 28, 1767.

Their Majesties preside over Quran competition #SootinClaimon.Com

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Their Majesties preside over Quran competition

Dec 19. 2020

By THE NATION

His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn and Her Majesty Queen Suthida on Friday presided over the 2020 Quran recitation competition at the Central Mosque in the Muang district of Pattani province.

Their Majesties also gave honorary plaques and money to the provincial Islamic councils, imams and representatives from private Islamic schools in the South who demonstrated excellent achievements in Islamic teachings over the past year.

King and Queen inaugurate new Supreme Court office #SootinClaimon.Com

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King and Queen inaugurate new Supreme Court office (nationthailand.com)

King and Queen inaugurate new Supreme Court office

Dec 08. 2020Photos by Tanachai PramarnpanichPhotos by Tanachai Pramarnpanich 

By The Nation

Their Majesties King Maha Vajiralongkorn and Queen Suthida presided over the ceremony to open a new Supreme Court Office in Bangkok’s Phra Nakhon district on Monday.

Their Majesties arrived at the court in the evening and also granted an audience to high-ranking officials led by Metinee Chalodhorn, President of the Supreme Court.

After the ceremony, the King and the Queen also greeted the public who were waiting to meet the royals outside the court.

Their Majesties attend ceremony to honour King Rama IX on his birthday #SootinClaimon.Com

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Their Majesties attend ceremony to honour King Rama IX on his birthday (nationthailand.com)

Their Majesties attend ceremony to honour King Rama IX on his birthday

Dec 06. 2020

By The Nation

Their Majesties the King and Queen, accompanied by Royal Family members, visited Sanam Luang late in the evening on Saturday to join an auspicious candle-lighting ceremony to commemorate the birthday of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej The Great, which is also celebrated as Father’s Day in Thailand.

King and Queen attend religious ceremony #SootinClaimon.Com

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King and Queen attend religious ceremony

Dec 04. 2020

By THE NATION

Their Majesties the King and Queen attended the Jaroen Maha Mongkol religious chanting ceremony on Thursday evening at the Royal Plaza in front of Dusit Palace in Bangkok’s Dusit district.

The ceremony was held in remembrance of the royal kindness of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great on the occasion of his upcoming birthday on December 5.

Their Majesties were accompanied by Her Royal Highness Princess Bajrakitiyabha Narendira Debyavati, the Princess Rajasarinisiribajra and Chao Khun Phra Sineenat Bilaskalayani.