Thais gather at palace to view late king's funeral urn

By REUTERS
October 29, 2016 10:20

BANGKOK - Tens of thousands of Thais gathered at Bangkok's glittering Grand Palace on Saturday hoping to pay their respects before the funeral urn of late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world's longest-reigning monarch.

King Bhumibol, 88, died on Oct. 13 after reigning for seven decades as a constitutional monarch and unifying figure in the politically febrile country.

Thailand's military-led government has declared a year-long period of mourning for the late king, formally known as Rama IX, and many Thais are wearing black as a sign of respect.

About 80,000 mourners arrived at the palace on Saturday morning, deputy police spokesman Major General Songpol Wattanachai told Reuters.

Authorities have said 10,000 mourners will be allowed to enter the Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall, inside the palace, each day.


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