At 3:52pm yesterday (Thursday 13th October) the Thai nation faced it’s most feared moment, with the passing of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, during the 70th year of his ascension to the throne and just 2-months shy of his 89th birthday.

Since Sunday evening, when His Majesty The King’s health was announced as unstable, a sea of well wishers kept vigil at the hospital, increasing with another announcement on Monday that his condition was not yet stabilized and that he was on medication.

Sadly The Royal Household Bureau announced yesterday evening that His Majesty The King had passed peacefully at Siriraj Hospital with members of the Royal family present at the time.

Today both The Bangkok Post and The Nation have removed all colour from their websites in deference to the mood of the nation, and Google Thailand respectfully wears a black ribbon.

In an address by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday evening, he set a 1-year period of mourning for the nation, asking people to wear mourning attire for the duration. Government offices will fly flags at half-mast and the PM asked that people refrain from entertainment activities for a period of 30 days.

He further explained that the succession of the monarch would follow the constitution, Royal Law and Royal tradition, which means that His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn shall ascend to the throne after a period of mourning.

The PM concluded his address with, “Thai people. His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, King Rama IX, has passed away. Long live the new king”.