Thai king death: Nation mourns loss of revered royal

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The people of Thailand are mourning the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world’s longest-reigning monarch, who died on Thursday aged 88.

Thousands clad in black are lining the streets of Bangkok for the king’s funeral procession, as his body is moved to a temple in the Grand Palace.

The government has declared a year-long official mourning period.

Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn is expected be the new monarch, but has asked for a delay in succession.

The cabinet has declared Friday a government holiday, and flags are to fly at half-mast for the next 30 days.

People have been asked to wear black, and avoid “joyful events” during this period. Cinema screenings, concerts and sports events have been cancelled or postponed

Thai people along the funeral procession route in Bangkok (14 Oct 2016)

Thai people attend royal bathing ceremony at The Grand Palace on 14 October 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand

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