200,000 Thais gather around Grand Palace as funeral rites for King Bhumibol begin

October 26, 2017 10:00 AM

BANGKOK (AFP) – A sea of black-clad mourners massed across Bangkok’s historic heart early Thursday (Oct 26) as funeral rituals began for King Bhumibol Adulyadej, a revered monarch whose passing after a seven-decade reign has left Thailand bereft of its only unifying figure.

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