The News As It Unfolded: The Nation Weeps Over His Majesty’s Departure

18:49 The Nation: Nation weeps over His Majesty’s departure

18:59 Bangkok Post: HM the King passes away

19:00 KhaoSod: King Bhumibol, Monarch and Father to Millions, 88


19:10 PM Prayuth making an announcement on Thai TV now

Straits Times: Key milestones in the life of Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Associated Press: Thai prime minister says Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn will be the new monarch in accordance with the constitution.

Govt agencies to lower flags for 30 days & civil servants wear black for one year

Washington Post: Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand dies at 88; world’s longest-reigning monarch


Bangkok Post website turns black and white

19:36 BBC on TV apparently blocked in Thailand. Reports were that discussion of the event included “political analysis.”

All entertainment functions must be “toned down” for 30 days

NY Times: King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand Dies at 88; Reigned 70 Years

CNN: Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej: One of the world’s longest-reigning monarchs

PM Prayut: HM appointed heir on December 28, 1972. Govt & parliament will proceed with the succession.

UK Govt travel advice for Thailand: …behave respectfully when in public areas; if possible, wear sombre and respectful clothing when in public…


21:40 Nine minutes of silence in parliament

AFP: Thai PM says crown prince seeks delay in proclaiming him king



22:00 In Bangkok there is a halo around the moon tonight.

UK flags will be flown at half mast on UK Government Buildings for Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand

22:47 Thai TV channels ordered not to air entertainment programs for 30 days

Above: October 14 – Flipping through the TV channels in Thailand this morning: all stations showing footage of HM The King’s life and works

October 14 – Thai TV to return to normal broadcasting tonight


Above: October 14, 15:55 – Soldiers waiting for the procession with HM the King’s body


Above: HM the Queen, largely out of sight since suffering a stroke in 2012, glimpsed in the procession

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