Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej died on Thursday, 13th October, 2016 in in Bangkok. The royal palace said Bhumibol Adulyadej died at Siriraj Hospital but gave no further details. Bhumibol Adulyadej was 88 and one of the longest-reigning monarchs in history.
Previously in the day, Thais had also lined up for the opportunity to decant water on a portrait of the King inside the palace grounds — a way for the masses to simulate the symbolic royal bathing of the Thailand King’s body.
Anon Pairot said, “This is an important moment in my country’s history.” Patarapong Chankaw said, “I couldn’t sleep and I didn’t want to sit around at home, I had to do something as I was feeling so sad.”
“I wanted to be a part of it and join other Thais as we mourn our King.”
Thailand’s King Bhumibol spent most of his final years in a hospital, ensconced in a special suite. His portrait hung in almost every shop, and as his health declined, billboards proclaimed “Long Live the King,” signaling widespread worry about a future without him.
In response, he openly worried about the people feeling so insecure. Bhumibol Adulyadej became king in 1946. He fixed the Southeast Asian Country through violent upheavals at home and communist revolutions next door with a blend of majesty and a common touch.
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said, “He is now in heaven and may be looking over Thai citizens from there.”
“He was a king that was loved and adored by all. The reign of the king has ended and his kindness cannot be found anywhere else.”
Who Comes Next Instead of Bhumibol Adulyadej:
Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn was appointed the King’s successor in 1972, but precisely when the Crown Prince will arise to the throne is still to be announced.
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