Thai army honors General Prem with national flag draped over his remains
The body of Thailand’s statesman General Prem Tinsulanonda will be covered by the Thai national flag as it is to be moved from Phra Mongkulklao hospital to Wat Benjamaborpit at 1.09pm today.
Defence Ministry spokesman Lt-Gen Kongcheep Tantrawanich said that the late president of the Privy Council was a great benefactor for the Thai military and the military decided to accord him the honor of covering his body with the Thai national flag.
The spokesman asked the media to exercise appropriate discretion in taking and in disseminating images of the event.
Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn will preside over the Royal bathing rite at 6pm, on behalf of HM the King who has agreed to sponsor the funeral rite for seven days from today until Sunday June 2nd.
Flags are being flown at half-mast for seven days, at the order of the government, at government and state enterprise offices and educational institutions as a gesture of respect and condolence for General Prem.
All state officials have been instructed to observe a mourning period for three weeks by wearing black or white.