Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra officiated at the ceremony to start the construction of the royal crematorium for Her Royal Highness Princess Bejaratana, at the ceremonial ground on the southern side of Sanam Luang in Bangkok. The ceremony took place on 16 January 2012 at 11.30 hr, with Deputy Prime Minister Police General Kowit Wattana reporting the progress of the preparations for the royal crematorium to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
At the ceremony, Prime Minister Yingluck paid respect to deities by lighting candles and joss sticks and presenting offerings to their statues. After a Brahmin finished chanting, Prime Minister Yingluck applied gold leaves on the main pillar of the crematorium and sprinkled consecrated water on the pillar. The Prime Minister also presented offerings to the Buddhist monks attending the ceremony.
Princess Bejaratana passed away at the age of 85 on 27 July 2011 at Sirirat Hospital in Bangkok. The body of the Princess is now lying in state at the Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall in the Grand Palace compound. The royal cremation of Princess Bejaratana is scheduled for 9 April 2012. The royal crematorium will then be open to the public to inspect until 17 April 2012.
Source: Public Relations Department of the Royal Thai Government