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A Very Sad Day for Thailand – The Passing of the King of Thailand

The royal palace confirmed this evening (Oct. that Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world’s longest-reigning monarch, died today.

With the passing of the world’s longest-reigning monarch, Thailand mourns the loss of a symbol of unity and nationhood: but behind the public image of the often inscrutable King, there was a family man, a jazz enthusiast, sailor and writer as well. In this gallery we pay tribute to the man behind the monarch. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Thailand during this sad time.

Circa 1934 the future king of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej (right) stands with his mother, Princess Srinagarindra, elder sister princess Galyani Vadhana (left) and brother Prince Ananda Mahidol (second from right) during a visit to Switzerland