Thailand is reeling after the recent death of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, a tragedy that deeply shocked the collective soul of the Kingdom, with millions of people, rich and poor alike, mourning the passing of the extremely beloved monarch.
Across the country, every government office will fly the colours of the Kingdom at half-mast and the people were urged to stay away from entertaining activities for at least the next 30 days. The people of Thailand were asked to wear only mourning clothes, that is black or white coloured clothes, for the next year.
“Please take the opportunity to boost one another’s morale. All of us share the same feelings because we have our common father of the nation. Please help protect national peace and do not let anyone trigger conflicts that would lead to turmoil,” said prime minister Prayut Chan-o-cha in a televised address on Thursday.
The body of the late King of Thailand is expected to be embalmed and then cremated in a multiday ceremony. The older and more revered people are when they pass away in Thailand, the longer and more elaborate mourning will be and a king means there will be a state funeral.
According to the Constitution, when the throne becomes vacant and the king has already appointed his Heir, the cabinet will notify the National Legislative Assembly, who will then invite the Heir to ascend the throne and proclaim him King, according to the provision.
“The government will inform the National Legislative Assembly that His Majesty the King had appointed the heir in accordance with the royal law on December 28, 1972, and then the National Legislative Assembly will take the relevant action,” said the Thai head of government.
In December 1972, King Bhumibol Adulyadej appointed His Royal Highness Prince Vajiralongkorn as the Heir to the throne, after which he became His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn. The Prince asked for a delay in his proclaiming as king, so he could mourn his father alongside the rest of the people of Thailand.
“Thai people. His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, King Rama IX, has passed away. Long live the new king,” concluded Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.