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The great unifier: Tribute to King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
It is with deep regret to announce that Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej has died. He’s a revered and unifying figure who embodied the nation in his 70-year reign. He is 88 years old.

[VIDEO]: Video shows the transition of King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s existence from his early moments to marriage, family, national events in his ripe life.

Official Announcement

The announcement came in a statement from the Royal Palace read on state TV and followed a days-long outpouring of support since the king was hospitalized on October 3. He underwent medical procedures over the weekend.

Peaceful Passing of the unifier

The king died at 3:52 p.m. local time and passed away in a “peaceful manner,” the Royal Palace said, as thousands waited outside the hospital where he lay in nervous anticipation of the news. King Bhumibol ascended to the throne 70 years ago, making him the world’s longest-reigning living monarch, before his death. He is the great unifier of the country.

Comfort Needed

Hundreds of people had for days gathered at Bangkok’s Siriraj Hospital where the king was being treated, and as the sun began to set, the crowd swelled into the thousands. 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.

Goodbye, World’s Longest Reigning Monarch

If only he could live longer, his people wishes him that. Now, after taking care of the country, it is now his time to be taken cared of. May he rest in peace. He is greatly loved, indeed!

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