A fanfare of gongs, conch shells and drums heralded the procession in Bangkok, Thailand's capital, on November 10th, of a young "White" Elephant from Dusit Zoo to Dusit Palace where it was carolled in the list of Royal Elephants.
MLS. ROYAL ELEPHANT.
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CU ROYAL ELEPHANT.
MLS ROYAL ELEPHANT TOWARDS STABLE.
MLS ROYAL CAR ARRIVES.
MLS ROYAL STABLE.
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KING AND QUEEN ENTER STABLE.
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MS KING AND QUEEN LEAVING.
MLS ELEPHANT ENTERS NEW HOME.
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Background: A fanfare of gongs, conch shells and drums heralded the procession in Bangkok, Thailand's capital, on November 10th, of a young "White" Elephant from Dusit Zoo to Dusit Palace where it was carolled in the list of Royal Elephants.
A chapter of 20 Buddhist priests chanted verses as the procession neared the ceremonial site.
Their Majesties the King and Queen of Thailand arrived in a Rolls Royce to initiate the enrolment.
The King presented monastic robes to officiating priests.
The young elephant, was caught in South Thailand and has undergone training in the Dusit Zoo for nearly two years.
Before initiation into the Royal List, the elephant was bathed in the presence of priests who continued their chanting.
In the presence of their Majesties, at the auspicious moment pronounced by the Royal Astrologer, the young elephant was anointed and given the name of "Phra Sawet Adrlyadet Pahana".
Further chanting of verses continued and the final verse was a piece composed in praise of the elephant by the Chief Brahmin of the Court.
Then the elephant, now a Royal one, entered its new stable to adorn, in future, the Royal occasions.