Sheffield Wednesday, in a display of unity and reverence for our chairman Dejphon Chansiri and the people of Thailand, will mark this weekend’s coronation of King Maha Vajiralongkorn at our final game of the season on Sunday.
The Owls host QPR in the Championship and supporters are invited with the players and staff to show their respects ahead of the 12.30pm kick-off.
The royal anthem of Thailand ‘Sansoen Phra Barami’ and ‘Sadudee Jom Racha’ specifically composed for the new king, will play before the game gets underway.
The giant screen at Hillsborough will simultaneously show images of King Maha Vajiralongkorn.
Supporters are asked to ensure they take their seats inside the stadium by 12.20pm, when the stadium announcer will walk through the running order. Beforehand, fans are invited alongside native Thais to sign books marking the coronation in the South Stand main reception. The books will be open to sign from Saturday at midday.
The coronation will be the first in the lifetime of many Thais following the 70-year reign of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who passed away in October 2016 aged 88.
His son will be officially crowned in a Bangkok ceremony between 3 and 6 May.
Mr Chansiri said: “From my heart, we could not have asked for anything more from Sheffield Wednesday supporters for the impeccable way in which the tribute to King Bhumibol Aduladej was observed.
“It truly was a heart-warming moment for myself and my family. For me, it demonstrated how we can come together as a family and this was recognised especially in my country.
“You displayed the true spirit that makes this club so special. It made for an incredible moment and I wish for this again on Sunday.
“The coronation of King Maha Vajiralongkorn is sacred for my country and the people of Thailand and on Sunday, I would like to stand side by side with my Sheffield Wednesday family in a show of unity and respect for the king.”
Long live the King of Thailand.