One after another, wearing black clothes, with candles in their hands and tears in their eyes, mourners line up in front of the Grand Palace in Bangkok to bring their tribute to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, one month after the Monarch’s death. According to the Thai Police, more than 3 million people visited the palace where the royal coffin is displayed, to offer their respects to the country’s most beloved leader and father figure.
The first month since the passing of the late King was observed across the country in all walks of life. In the capital Bangkok, Thais paused for a minute to remember their King and official ceremonies were held accross the city. At Siriraj Hospital, where King Bhumibol died, a candlelight vigil and a moment of silence were observed, while throughout the country, town halls held Buddhist ceremoniesfor the late king. His Majesty died on October 13th, 88 years of age, after reigning for more than seven decades.
Across the country, people still wear mourning clothes, festivals and celebrations have been toned down and most advertising signs are displaying messages of mourning.
At the moment, the throne is vacant, and Thailand is ruled by regent General Prem Tinsulanonda, the chairman of the Privy Council. Crown Prince Maha Vajralongkorn is expected to assume the royal succession as soon as possible. Soon after his father died, His Highness announced he wishes to take time to share his grief with the Thai people. According to local media, his ascension to the throne of Thailand is to take place on December 1st.
The new King’s signature is necessary for the new draft constitution to take effect. The Constitution was adopted by national referendum in August and is required to pave the way for elections in 2017.