‘We, and Thais from all over the world, woke up on October 13 2016 to the most devastating and heartbreaking news — the loss of our beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
The King of Thailand, the spiritual centre of all Thai people, died aged 88 after 70 years on the throne.
Toward the end of his reign, as his health declined, the King’s presence in public life waned and we dreaded this day. He was the one constant – invincible and yes, taken for granted as he had been a part of our whole lives.
There is a deep sense of loss that cannot easily be put into words for our widely revered ruler but also that of an era. He held our country together with loyal dedication to his people, influenced innovation and change and got involved on ground level.
King Bhumibol’s teachings and words of great wisdom will comfort us and enable his legacy to live on.
‘A good person can make another person good; it means that goodness will elicit goodness in the society; other persons will also be good.’
We ask you to read and learn about His Majesty and why he was so adored by the Thai people.
Maha Vajiralongkorn, the Thai crown prince and Bhumibol’s only son, would assume the king’s role only following a period of mourning of one year.