Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej dies at 88

The Thai royal couple arrive at Westminster Abbey to pay homage at the tomb of the Unknown Warrior
Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej dies at 88

14 October, 2016

"He asked for time to prepare for legal processes in order to proclaim him on the throne at the appropriate time", Prayut told reporters at Government House after holding an audience with Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn.

Experts say the heir's approach to enforcing the lese majeste legislation will illustrate much about his vision for the monarchy.

The heir's coronation will not take place until the mourning period is over.

Deng accepted the invitation and was the one who handed the crown prince a saffron robe - a move Chinese state media later said had won Deng "the heart of people in Thailand", where most of the population practise Buddhism.

The beloved king's death raises concerns about the future of the Thai monarchy.

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The king's death comes as Thailand remains under military rule following a coup in 2014.

King Bhumibol became the world's richest monarch and lived the life of a modern king, racing yachts and wearing ornate clothing. His Majesty guided the Kingdom of Thailand with dignity, dedication and vision throughout his life. "He will be greatly missed", she said.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has expressed his condolences over the death of His Majesty. the Bernama news agency reported. King Bhumibol has meant a lot to the Thai people. Thailand under his reign was one of a kind.

The announcement came in a statement from the Royal Palace read on state TV Thursday, and followed a days-long outpouring of support since the king was hospitalized.

June 2006: Celebrations of his 60th year on the throne include visits by royals from 25 countries.

The statement issued on behalf of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and the Filipino people said they extended their deepest condolences to his family and those the king left behind.

Framed posters, paintings and photographs of the king are ubiquitous in Thai homes and shops, depicting not only an exalted figure in glimmering robes, but also an ordinary-looking man with a camera strapped around his chest.

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1952: King initiates the first of what will become thousands of royal projects to fight poverty, disease, environmental destruction and drug trafficking.

Obama says the king was a close friend of the United States and a valued partner of many USA presidents. Through his patience, perseverance and selfless dedication to duty, King Bhumibol embodied Thailand's Ten Kingly Virtues.

Obama says the king leaves behind a legacy of care for the Thai people that future generations will cherish.

Bhumibol Adulyadej did not expect to become King of Thailand, but when his older brother met with a violent and mysterious death in 1946, King of Thailand is what he became.

King Bhumibol was widely respected across Thailand, and thought of by many as semi-divine.

Ascending to the throne in 1946, the American-born King Bhumibol was one of the few foreign heads of state that late leader Deng Xiaoping met soon after he regained power in November 1978, after the Cultural Revolution.

The controversial billionaire ex-premier was adored by many poor Thais but seen by the elite as self-serving, corrupt and a threat to the monarchy due to his popularity. "I remember King Bhumibol as a highly gifted and gentle person".

"On behalf of the Malaysian people, I wish to express our honest and heartfelt condolences to the Royal Family, government, and people of Thailand on the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej", he said.

Kevin Hewison, a professor of Asian Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said he doesn't expect any immediate dissent internally or from the public about the choice of Vajiralongkorn as the new king.

Thai cry at Siriraj Hospital where the king is being treated in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016.

They were dressed predominantly in pink - an auspicious color believed to restore health - and yellow, which is the color of the King, based on the fact he was born on a Monday.

In the Sukhumvit commercial district of the capital, humanitarian worker Gaewkarn Fuangtong was sobbing.

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