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A King Passes

Thailand’s King Bhumipol Adulyadej has died after a reign of 70 years. He ascended the throne at a time when most nations were divesting themselves of kings and the Thai monarchy has little influence or relevance. Gradually, through the force of his upright character, his personal piety and his high-profile development projects he elevated himself and the monarchy to a position of regard and reverence almost unequalled anywhere in the world.
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