The King of Thailand, King Bhumibol, has died after a long illness. He was 88 years old.
Bhumibol is the world’s longest-reigning monarch, who was worshiped as a father figure during his 70-year reign.
His body was transported to his riverside Grand Palace in Bangkok ahead of a funeral and a traditional royal cremation.
The convoy, which included heir apparent Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, moved slowly through Bangkok’s ancient quarter past mourners dressed in black, many of them holding aloft portraits of the king.
According to tradition, the bodies of Thai royals are placed in a golden urn. But palace officials said the tradition was no longer upheld and the king’s body would be placed in a coffin with a symbolic royal urn near it.
The king had been in poor health for several years but his death has shocked the Southeast Asian nation of 67 million people and plunged it into grief.
Most people in the capital and in towns across the country dressed in black.