Thailand mourns death of world’s longest-serving monarch

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Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej died on Thursday, aged 88.

Bhumibol came to the throne in 1946 and was crowned king in 1950. He was the world’s longest-serving monarch.

The government immediately ordered all flags to fly at half-mast and told citizens to wear black for 30 days, the Guardian reported.

An official mourning period will last for one year, during which big events like music concerts will be postponed. Meanwhile, alcohol sales will be restricted and bars and restaurants will close or shorten their opening hours.

King Bhumibol will be succeeded by his only son, Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, who is far less revered than his father.

Under Thailand’s strict lese majeste laws it is a crime to insult members of the royal family, with each charge subject to 15 years in jail.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Timeline of King Bhumibol’s life and rein
2. Thai flags lowered to half mast, Thais wear black
3. Official mourning period of one year, events postponed, alcohol sales restricted
4. Thai royal family tree, Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn will be next king
5. Thai lese majeste laws: 15 years in prison for each count

VOICEOVER (in English):

“Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who was crowned more than 66 years ago, died on Thursday, aged 88. He was the world’s longest-serving monarch.”

“The government immediately ordered all flags to fly at half-mast and told citizens to wear black for 30 days.”

“An official mourning period will last for one year, during which big events like music concerts will be postponed.”

“Alcohol sales will be restricted and bars and restaurants will close or shorten their opening hours.”

“King Bhumibol will be succeeded by his only son, Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, who is far less revered than his father.”

“Under Thailand’s strict lese majeste laws it is a crime to insult members of the royal family, with each charge subject to 15 years in jail.”

SOURCES: The Guardian, New York Times, Sky News
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/oct/13/thailand-king-bhumibol-adulyadej-dies-what-happens-next-death
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/oct/13/thailand-maha-vajiralongkorn-crown-prince-king
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/14/world/asia/thailand-king-death.html?_r=0
http://news.sky.com/story/thailand-mourns-as-tourists-told-to-be-respectful-10616137