Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej, world’s longest-reigning monarch, died in October 2016 at 88, being the world’s longest-reigning monarch. He was credited with restoring the influence of Thailand’s royalty during 70 years on the throne and earning the devotion of many of his subjects.
For the majority of the country’s 68 million people, the king was a pillar of stability in rapidly changing times — Thailand embraced industrialization during his reign but also saw its parliamentary democracy punctuated by 10 military coups, the most recent in May 2014. King Bhumibol, who ascended the throne on June 9, 1946, was seen as a force for unity.
The king was seen as semi-divine by many ordinary Thais, an image bolstered by Thailand’s education and legal systems.
“The King shall be enthroned in a position of revered worship and shall not be violated,” states the constitution.
Now, the country faces an uncertain future. The vast majority of Thais have lived only under Bhumibol.
The Thai people have been mourning for one year now, and the king is going to be cremated and burried this october.