King Bhumibol Is Mourned by Thais in Black and White

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BANGKOK — In the wake of King Bhumibol Adulyadej's death, Thais are expressing their grief in black and white.

Image: King Bhumibol Adulyadej Of Thailand and Queen Sirikit Kitiyakara
King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand and and Queen Sirikit Kitiyakara. Keystone-France / Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images

Ever since the palace announced the news on Thursday, television stations across Thailand have been broadcasting pool footage of the king's life in monochrome.

News websites, newspapers and even Google Thailand have joined in, veiling their front pages in muted colors.

Thais on Facebook have also signaled their grief by changing their profile photos to black, the dominant color of clothing worn by many people in the capital on Friday.

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Bhumibol died at the age of 88, and was widely revered. His reign lasted 70 years, so most Thais have known no other king in their lifetime.

Image: Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1982
Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1982. Thierry Falise / LightRocket via Getty Images

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