After a year of mourning, people gather in Bangkok before dawn for the cremation of King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Black-clad mourners thronged Bangkok’s historic quarter before dawn on Thursday before the cremation of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, a revered monarch whose death after a seven-decade reign plunged Thailand into a year of grieving.

Bhumibol’s son and heir, King Maha Vajiralongkorn, will light the pyre at the heart of a spectacular golden pavilion at 10pm local time.

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