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Thai King Bhumibol worlds longest reigning monarch dies at 88

  • Bhumibol Adulyadej, Bhumibol, King Bhumibol, King of Thailand, monarch, Bangkok
    Thailand King Bhumibol Adulyadej acknowledges the crowd in Bangkok during the celebrations of the 60th anniversary

    Bhumibol ascended to the throne 70 years ago, making him the world's longest-reigning monarch before his death. Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej dies at 88

  • Bhumibol Adulyadej, Bhumibol, King Bhumibol, King of Thailand, monarch, Bangkok
    Thai people cry after Royal Palace's announcement outside Siriraj Hospital where the king is being treated

    Thousands gathered at the hospital, shouting "Long live the king!"

  • Bhumibol Adulyadej, Bhumibol, King Bhumibol, King of Thailand, monarch, Bangkok
    Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, seated center, and his family members

    Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn is the king's appointed successor

  • Bhumibol Adulyadej, Bhumibol, King Bhumibol, King of Thailand, monarch, Bangkok
    Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej walks with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II

    Civil servants are ordered to wear black clothes for one year in mourning

  • Bhumibol Adulyadej, Bhumibol, King Bhumibol, King of Thailand, monarch, Bangkok
    U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower, center, is seated between Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej

    US President Barack Obama described the king as a man of "grace and warmth"

  • Bhumibol Adulyadej, Bhumibol, King Bhumibol, King of Thailand, monarch, Bangkok
    thirteen-year-old King Ananda of Thailand, left, and his brother Prince Bhumibol, right, inspect a model train presented to him

    He acceded to the throne in 1946 in the aftermath of Thailand's occupation by Japan during World War II. Until his death, he reigned over more than 20 prime ministers and many constitutional changes. He also helped the country navigate the disruptive effects of the Vietnam War during the 1960s and '70s.

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