Thai King Bhumibol: Mourners allowed into Grand Palace

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Mourners formed long queues to enter the Grand Palace

Thousands of mourners are being allowed to enter the throne hall of Bangkok’s Grand Palace where the body of Thailand’s late King Bhumibol Adulyadej is lying in state.

Crowds have gathered outside the palace since the king died two weeks ago, but it is the first time they have been allowed inside.

Authorities say 10,000 mourners will be allowed into the throne hall each day.

Official mourning for the king is to last a year.

“I have been waiting here since 1am,” said 84-year-old Saman Daoruang, who was sitting in a long queue outside the palace holding portraits of the late monarch.

“I haven’t been able to sleep because I was so thrilled and proud to come here.”

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Many carried pictures of late King Bhumibol Adulyadej

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The king was widely revered by his subjects

Many mourners wiped away tears as they left the Grand Palace.

King Bhumibol, who died aged 88, was widely respected across Thailand and was thought of by many as semi-divine.

So far there has been no word on when Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn will formally ascend the throne. The government says he wants time to mourn the death of his father.

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