‘We still have our beloved King by our side’
TODAY MARKSthe first anniversary of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s passing and a reminder for Thais of the special place he has in their hearts.
Many may view him still as the father of the country and the nation’s guiding light.
Sitting on the throne since 1946, the late King reigned over Thailand with remarkable devotion to his people until his passing on October 13 last year.
For 12 months already, people have mourned his departure.
More than 12 million mourners have prostrated themselves before his Royal Urn inside the Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall despite the heat, the rain and the long queues.
Others paid homage to the muchadmired monarch at other designated venues and events in his honour across the nation.
“I have attended more than 100 exhibitions about our beloved King during the past 12 months,” said Natthanan Ussaneemas, a company employee. “I have also joined many sandalwood-flower making sessions.”
The flowers will be used for the Royal Cremation Ceremonies and related rituals, to be held between October 25 and 29.
As Natthanan recounted the many activities in which she had participated, it became clear to her that the late King had truly lived the oath of his ascension to the throne: “We shall rule with righteousness for the benefits and happiness of Siamese [Thai] people”.
“He’s our guiding light,” Natthanan said. “He has done a lot for Thailand and Thai people. By embracing his teachings and following in his footsteps, we still have our beloved King by our side. This way, he remains with us forever.”
She is among millions of Thais who have found a way to cope with the much-revered King’s death.
Narongrit Maisak, who works for a company in Nonthaburi, said the former King’s passing was a massive loss to Thais given his benevolence and contributions to the country.
“Even after one year, it’s not easy to accept what happened,” he said. “I promise to myself that in remembrance of the much-beloved king, his picture will always hang high at my
Former supermodel Metinee Kingpayome sheds tears for the late King.