Thailand Mourns the Loss of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej
October 13, 2016
Published on Oct 14, 2016
His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej passed away at Siriraj Hospital at 3.52pm on Thursday, the Royal Household Bureau announced.
His Majesty passed away peacefully at Chalermphrakiet Building at Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok it was announced in a national broadcast.
All royal family members were in attendance at the time.
His Majesty was 88 and would have turned 89 on Dec 5 this year.
The ninth King of the Chakri Dynasty ascended to the throne on June 9, 1946 and was the world's longest-reigning monarch. People across the country celebrated the 70th year of his accession to the throne this year.
Well-wishers in pink and yellow had been flocking to the hospital to pray for him since the RHB announced on Sunday night that the King's condition was "unstable".
The bureau said in another statement on Monday that His Majesty's general conditionwas still not stabilised and royal doctors were giving him medication.
An even larger crowd began gathering at Siriraj Hospital on Tuesday, and rapidlygrew over the next two days.
The crowd gave alms to monks and prayed continuously for the King's good health. Government offices throughout the nation opened their doors for similar activities on Thursday, and people in all provinces began streaming in to pray and sign their names and best wishes for His Majesty's recovery.
The government has set a mourning period of one year for the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
People are urged to join the mourning as appropriate.
In a Prime Minister's Office announcement released shortly after the Royal Householdstatement on Thursday evening, all public offices and educational institutes will fly flags at for 30 days from Oct 14, 2016.
Source: Bangkok Post