Thailand mourns loss of King Bhumibol

The country is grieving following the death of a leader many Thais revered.

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Thailand woke up to its first day in 70 years without King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Friday.

Updated Oct 15, 2016

Thailand is mourning the loss of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, following his death at Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok on Thursday.

He was the world’s longest reigning ruler, who was looked up to as a father figure during his 70-year reign. He was 88 years old.

The pictures below show to what extent he was revered by many of his people:

The king calmed crises on many occasions during his reign, and Thai people worry about what their future will be like without him. Bangkok, Thailand, October 14. (Source: AP)

Soldiers and officials dress in ceremonial outfits filling the palace and its grounds, where the grass had been freshly laid out overnight. Bangkok, Thailand October 14. (Source: Reuters)

"This is the greatest loss and devastation in the lives of the Thai people since the death of King Rama the 8th, on the 9th of June 1946," said Thailand's prime minister, General Prayut Chan-o-cha. Bangkok, Thailand, October 13. (Source: AP)

"The king is my life," artist Kitithat Ekanansiri, 49, told Al Jazeera. "He brought the electricity and developed our village, and I know he treated all of us the same. He is the centre of Thais."  (File photo: Bangkok, Thailand, December 5, 2010) (Source: Reuters)

Thais fill up the streets and sit on the roadsides of Bangkok for the king’s funeral procession, as his body is moved to a temple in the Grand Palace. Bangkok, Thailand, October 14. (Source: Reuters)

The Thai government has declared one year of official mourning and asks Thais to wear black and avoid celebrations for 30 days. Bangkok, Thailand Friday, October 13, 2016. (Source: AP)

Soldiers stood at checkpoints, government offices and intersections amid the tightening of security on Friday in Bangkok’s old quarter of palaces, temples and ministries. Bangkok, Thailand Friday, October 14, 2016. (Source: AP)

Condolence messages were signed for the family of the late king in front of his portrait at the Thai Embassy in Tokyo, Japan,   October 14. (Source: Reuters)

News websites have changed the colour of their pages to black and white, and all Thailand television channels are airing programs about the king’s life. Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Oct. 14, 2016. (Source: Reuters)

Buddhist monks and people offer condolences for Thailand's late King Bhumibol Adulyadej in the Wat Thai Temple in the North Hollywood section of Los Angeles. California, October 13. (Source: Reuters)

Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn is expected to be the new king, but has asked for a delay in succession. (File photo: Bangkok, Thailand, May 13, 2015) (Source: Reuters)

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