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One year after King’s death, Thais prepare for final goodbye

BANGKOK: Monks led sombre ceremonies across Thailand on Friday to mark one year since the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, as the grieving nation prepares to bid a final farewell to the beloved monarch in a spectacular cremation ceremony this month. Revered as a demi-god and described as a "father" to all Thais, Bhumibol commanded deep devotion during his historic 70-year reign. The past year has drawn out widespread scenes of collective mourning across the kingdom, with many Thais expunging colour from their…