Thailand's beloved King has passed away

Thailand's beloved King has passed away

All royal family members were in attendance

There were tears in the crowd of well-wisers even before the official announcement of His Majesty the King's passing. WISIT THAMNGERN
There were tears in the crowd of well-wisers even before the official announcement of His Majesty the King's passing. WISIT THAMNGERN

His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej passed away at Siriraj Hospital at 3.52pm on Thursday, the Royal Household Bureau announced.

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Thailand's beloved King has passed away

His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej passed away at Siriraj Hospital at 3.52pm on Thursday, the Royal Household Bureau announced.

His Majesty passed away peacefully at Chalermphrakiet Building at Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok it was announced in a national broadcast.

All royal family members were in attendance at the time.

His Majesty was 88 and would have turned 89 on Dec 5 this year.

The ninth King of the Chakri Dynasty ascended to the throne on June 9, 1946 and was the world's longest-reigning monarch. People across the country celebrated the 70th year of his accession to the throne this year.

No matter how hard they try, people can not hold back their tears.WISIT THAMNGERN

Well-wishers in pink and yellow had been flocking to the hospital to pray for him since the RHB announced on Sunday night that the King's condition was "unstable".

The bureau said in another statement on Monday that His Majesty's general condition was still not stabilised and royal doctors were giving him medication.

An even larger crowd began gathering at Siriraj Hospital on Tuesday, and rapidly grew over the next two days.

The crowd gave alms to monks and prayed continuously for the King's good health. Government offices throughout the nation opened their doors for similar activities on Thursday, and people in all provinces began streaming in to pray and sign their names and best wishes for His Majesty's recovery.

The government has set a mourning period of one year for the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

People are urged to join the mourning as appropriate.

In a Prime Minister's Office announcement released shortly after the Royal Household statement on Thursday evening, all public offices and educational institutes will fly flags at for 30 days from Oct 14, 2016.

The official announcement:

Earlier reports

A woman prays for His Majesty the King's recovery outside Siriraj Hospital where he is receiving treatment. WICHIAN CHAROENKIATPAKUL

Thursday afternoon updates

Well-wishers are crowding into the 100-Year Siriraj Pavilion at Siriraj Hospital. CHANAT KATANYU

Gatherings of the King's well-wishers expand nationwide

Online Reporters

The crowd of well-wishers praying for His Majesty the King continued to swell outside Siriraj Hospital as his loving subjects also gathered at government offices nationwide for prayers on Thursday.

Concerned about reports on His Majesty the King's health, a steady stream of people was arriving at Siriraj Hospital, many from outlying provinces. Well-wishers gave alms to Buddhist monks at the hospital in the morning, making merit for the King.

Their prayers for the good health of His Majesty continued to be the main activity throughout the day.

HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, HRH Princess Soamsawali and HRH Princess Chulabhorn are already at the hospital in Bangkok Noi district.

In Bangkok people wrote their names and best wishes for the King's recovery in books at the Sahathai Samakom Pavilion in the Grand Palace.

Government organisations were holding gatherings for their officials to pray for His Majesty's health.

With most people clearly unable to travel to Bangkok, interior permanent secretary Grisada Boonrach  ordered the proper arrangement of places at provincial halls, district offices and local administrative organisation offices nationwide for people to sign books sending their  best wishes to His Majesty the King and praying for his good health.

The most popular avatar is everywhere on Thai social media, expressing love for His Majesty the King. (Photo from Kultida Kul Facebook account)

Pink avatar, love for King banner reign on social media

Online reporters

Large numbers of Thai social media users have changed their account profile image and banner to pink with the same message of love for His Majesty the King.

The pink avatar with the main message reading "Love the King"  and a small message saying "Long Live the King" now dominate Thai accounts on Twitter and Instagram.

The highest profile figure to make the change is Princess Ubolratana. Her avatar now says "Nicha Love the King", on her @nichax IG account.

A Facebook user named Kulthida Kul reportedly designed this popular avatar and put it in her Facebook album, allowing people to use it for free. Its use has gone viral on social media.

She put up the same avatar with hundreds of nicknames already attached. People can also copy it and change the name for free.

"Feel free to use it," she wrote on her Facebook account. "No permission is needed for sharing this album."

The designer could not be contacted by the Bangkok Post as her Facebook account seemed extremely busy.

On Facebook, former prime ministers Abhisit Vejjajiva, Yingluck Shinawatra and her brother Thaksin have also changed the banner of their Facebook accounts to pink with the "Long Live the King" message.

Yellow is the colour for His Majesty because he was born on a Monday. Pink has been associated with the King for many years, ever since royal astrologers said it was a good colour for him and helped keep him well.

Thursday morning story

King 'not stabilised' as Royal Family gathers at Siriraj

The general condition of His Majesty the King has not been stablised and royal doctors are prescribing medication to treat his symptoms, the Royal Household Bureau said on Wednesday night, as members of the Royal Family and well-wishers gathered at Siriraj Hospital.

In the 38th statement, the bureau said that on Tuesday, His Majesty's blood pressure dropped while his pulse and the levels of acid in the blood increased.

The results of a blood test showed inflammation and abnormal functioning of the liver, so royal doctors prescribed antibiotics to treat the inflammation and took steps to reduce acidity in the blood.

The royal doctors also used drugs to control his blood pressure, employed a ventilator and performed continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT).

According to the statement, His Majesty's general condition is not stable and royal doctors continue to closely monitor his condition.

Present at the hospital in Bangkok from Wednesday afternoon were HRH Princess Chulabhorn and her daughters HRH Princess Siribha Chudhabhorn and HRH Princess Adityadornkitikhun.

Later Princess Ubolratana arrived at the hospital, followed by HRH the Crown Prince who had just returned from abroad, and HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.

There were large crowds of worried well-wishers outside the hospital Wednesday afternoon. WICHIAN CHAROENKIATPAKUL

The crowds chanting prayers were even larger in the evening, with many saying they would stay all night. WEERAWONG WONGPREEDEE

The compound of the nation's first hospital was full with well-wishers who were praying for the good health of His Majesty the King who will turn 89 this December.

"His Majesty the King is the heart of Thailand," said 42-year-old teacher Donnapha Kladbupha. "I know everyone will wish him a speedy recovery, but I want to see his smile after his recovery too."

Suwanna Kenamthiangwan, 62, was trying to get as close as possible to His Majesty the King's building together with some 20 friends. All wore pink, the colour believed to help promote His Majesty's health.

"I will stop praying for him only when he gets better," she said, holding His Majesty the King's portrait to her chest.

The Royal Household Bureau announced on Sunday that royal doctors performed haemodialysis on His Majesty, used drugs to control his blood pressure and put His Majesty on a medical ventilator to bring his blood pressure back to normal levels.

Well-wishers at Siriraj Hospital. (Video by Jiraporn Kuhakan)

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  • abnormal: not usual or typical - ผิดปกติ ไม่ธรรมดา
  • abroad: in or to a foreign country - ในต่างประเทศ
  • accession to the throne: the act of becoming the ruler (king or queen) of a country - การขึ้นเสวยราชย์
  • acid: a chemical, usually a liquid, that contains hydrogen and has a pH of less than seven. Acids are usually sour and can often burn holes in or damage things they touch. - กรด, ของเหลวที่มีฤทธิ์เป็นกรด, ของเหลวที่มีสภาพเป็นกรด
  • acidity (noun): the state of having a sour taste or of containing acid - สภาพเป็นกรด
  • administrative (adj): involving the planning, organising and running of a business, an institution, etc - เกี่ยวกับการบริหาร
  • alms: food, money, and other items that are given to Buddhist monks; money, clothes and food that are given to poor people - ของทำบุญ ของบริจาค
  • antibiotics: drugs that cure illnesses and infections caused by bacteria - ยาปฏิชีวนะ
  • appropriate: suitable or right for a particular situation or purpose - ที่เหมาะสม
  • arrangement: a plan or preparation that you make so that something can happen - การจัดการ
  • ascend to the throne (verb): to take the position of king or queen - ขึ้นครองราชบัลลังก์, ขึ้นครองราชย์
  • associated with: connected with in some way - ที่เชื่อมโยงกัน
  • astrologer: someone who studies the movements and positions of the sun, moon, planets and stars and describes the expected effect that they believe these have on the character and behaviour of humans - โหราจารย์, โหร, นักโหราศาสตร์
  • avatar (noun): a picture of a person or an animal that represents a particular computer user, on a computer screen, especially in a computer game or on social media - ตัวแทนตัวตนของเราในโลกเสมือนจริงหรืออินเทอร์เน็ต
  • blood pressure: the pressure at which blood flows from your heart around your body - ความดันโลหิต,ความดันของเลือดที่มีต่อผนังภายในเส้นเลือด
  • chant: to sing a piece of religious music using a very limited range of notes - ร้องเพลงสวด
  • chest: the upper front part of the body of humans and some animals, between the stomach and the neck, containing the heart and lungs - หน้าอก
  • compound: an area in which a group of buildings stands - บริเวณ
  • concerned: worried about something   - มีความกังวล
  • condition: the physical state of a person, animal, thing or place - สภาพ
  • dominate: to be in control - มีอำนาจเหนือ ครอบคลุม ควบคุม
  • employ: to use - ใช้
  • expand: to make or become larger - ขยาย เพิ่ม
  • figure: someone who is important in some way - บุคคลสำคัญ
  • flocking (verb): going somewhere in large numbers; gathering together in large numbers - แห่กันไป
  • function (verb): to operate; to work in the correct way - ปฏิบัติงาน
  • gather (verb): to come/bring together in a group - รวมกลุ่ม, รวมตัวกัน, จับกลุ่มกัน, ชุมนุม
  • gathering: an occasion when many people come together as a group - การรวมตัว, การประชุม
  • Grand Palace (noun): the official residence of the Kings of Siam (and later Thailand) where important ceremonies are held - พระบรมมหาราชวัง
  • haemodialysis (noun): kidney dialysis: a process of purifying the blood of a person whose kidneys are not working normally -
  • half mast: (of a flag) half way up a flag pole -
  • high profile (adj): being well known to the public -
  • image: a photograph, painting, or other work of art that represents a person or thing - รูปภาพ
  • inflammation (noun): a red, painful and often swollen area in or on a part of your body - การอักเสบ, การติดเชื้อ
  • interior ministry (noun): a ministry with responsibility a wide variety of local government agencies and functions, e.g., the police, local administrations, internal security, citizenship, disaster management, land management, issuing national identity cards and public works, etc. - กระทรวงมหาดไทย
  • level: the amount of something that exists in a particular situation at a particular time - ระดับ
  • liver: a large organ in the body that cleans the blood and produces bile - ตับ
  • make merit: to do good things according to religious beliefs - ทำบุญ
  • medication: a medicine, or a set of medicines or drugs used to improve a particular condition or illness - ยารักษาโรค
  • monarch: a king or queen - กษัตริย์ หรือราชินี
  • monitor: keep track of - ตรวจ, ติดตาม, เฝ้าสังเกต
  • mourning: the process or ceremony of expressing great sadness because someone has died - ไว้อาลัย
  • normal (adj.): typical, usual or ordinary; what you would expect - ปกติ, ภาวะปกติ
  • passed away (verb): died - จากไป (ตาย),เสียชีวิต, มรณภาพ
  • pavilion: a building or tent at a special ceremony, exhibition or show - พลับพลา, ปะรำ, ศาลา
  • permanent secretary: a government official, not a political appointee, in charge of a ministry - ปลัดกระทรวง
  • permission: allowing someone to do something - การอนุญาต,การอนุมัติ,การยินยอม
  • popular (adj): a situation in which someone or something is liked by many people - เป็นที่นิยม, เป็นที่ชื่นชอบ
  • portrait: a painting, photograph, drawing, etc. of a person - ภาพวาดหรือภาพถ่ายคน
  • prescribe: to tell somebody to take a particular medicine or have a particular treatment; to write a prescription for a particular medicine, etc - สั่งจ่ายยา
  • present: being in a particular place or situation - เข้าร่วม, อยู่
  • promote: to encourage or support something - สนับสนุน
  • pulse (noun): the regular beat of blood as it is sent around the body, that can be felt in different places, especially on the inside part of the wrist; the number of times the blood beats in a minute - ชีพจร, อัตราการเต้นของหัวใจ, จังหวะการเต้นของหัวใจ
  • rapidly: happening quickly - อย่างรวดเร็ว
  • recovery (noun): the process of becoming normal and healthy again - การฟื้นตัว, การฟื้นฟู
  • reduce: to make something smaller or less in amount, size, importance etc - ลดลง
  • reign: have supreme power, sovereignty; rule - เป็นเจ้า, มีอำนาจปกครอง
  • renal (adj): relating to or involving the kidneys, the two organs in the body that remove waste products from the blood and produce urine - เกี่ยวกับไต
  • replacement: something that replaces something else - สิ่งทดแทน; อะไหล่
  • Royal Household Bureau: an agency of the Monarchy of Thailand, responsible for the upkeep of the royal palaces, royal ceremonies, public relations and the management of the royal finances - สำนักพระราชวัง
  • speedy: happening very quickly - รวดเร็ว
  • stabilise: to reach a state where there are no longer any major changes or problems - ทำให้มีเสถียรภาพ
  • statement: something that you say or write that gives information or an opinion - แถลงการณ์, คำแถลง
  • steady: staying at the same level, speed, value etc - ไม่เปลี่ยนแปลง, สม่ำเสมอ
  • stream (noun): a continuous flow of something, e.g., liquid, gas, inflormation or even people - การไหลต่อเนื่อง, กระแส
  • subject: a person who has the right to belong to a particular country, especially one with a king or queen - ประชากร, ผู้อยู่ภายใต้การปกครอง
  • swell: to increase in size or number - เพิ่มจำนวน, เพิ่มขนาด, เพิ่มปริมาณ
  • symptoms (noun): signs that someone has an illness - อาการ
  • therapy: a treatment which helps someone feel better, grow stronger, etc., especially after an illness - การบำบัดโรค
  • treat: to provide medical care - รักษา
  • ventilator (noun): a piece of equipment with a pump that helps somebody to breathe by sending air in and out of their lungs - เครื่องช่วยหายใจ
  • viral: (of a video, photo, story, etc.) spread across the internet very quickly (like a virus spreading a disease) as people share it with their friends or the news media reports on it - แพร่กระจายผ่านทางอินเทอร์เน็ตอย่างรวดเร็ว
  • well-wisher: a person who expresses their good wishes or sympathy, often to someone who they do not know - ผู้ปรารถนาดีต่อผู้อื่น
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