King Bhumibol Adulyade had died aged aged 88 ending the reign of the world's longest serving monarch. In Thailand he was revered and enjoyed almost God like status. He was the glue and unifying force that held the country together through a succession of military coups. The outpouring of grief that you see is genuine.
A couple of decades ago I had the privilege of dining with the King and Queen at the Royal Palace in Bangkok when I was part of an official delegation enjoying 'guest of government' status. An unforgettable experience made even more memorable by the fact that the King went out of his way to have a one-on-one conversation with me as the most junior member of the delegation. First and only time I have ever eaten off gold plate. He also presented me with a medal which I could never wear. I think it commemorated Buddha's birthday.
Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn (64) will now assume the throne. He is widely seen as a playboy who spends much of his abroad and does not enjoy the same affection as the late King did.