King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama IX of Thailand has dies at age 88, reports Buzzfeed. The monarch was the longest serving in the world, having ruled for over 70 years.
King Bhumibol was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1927 and was educated in Switzerland before he became king in 1946. Thailand is a constitutional monarchy, currently ruled by a military junta. The King has often mediated between the military and the opposition. It is illegal for Thai civilians to speak of who will succeed the deceased King, however many are expecting that his son, Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn, will be the next monarch. Daughter, Princess Sirindhorn cannot succeed her father as palace law does not permit women to take the throne.
As customary, the country is expected to observe a state of mourning, alcohol sales will be banned, civilians will wear black and the flag will be flown at half mast.
King Bhumibol Adulyadej was said to have suffered from kidney disease for nearly one decade. Thai lèse-majesté has prevented any criticism of the monarch, however he was known to be an accessible monarch who spent time with the country people in far reaching hamlets.
Queen Elizabeth II of United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, and Head of the Commonwealth and King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama IX of Thailand.
President of the United States, Barack Obama and King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit of Thailand in 1996 in Bangkok celebrating 50 years of the monarch.