Bangkok is a wash of orange and yellow as Thailand celebrates the anniversary of King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s reign, making him the longest-reigning monarch in the world.
The celebrations began with religious ceremonies in led by 770 Buddhist monks, a number that is believed to bring good luck.
Several hundred people waited outside the Grand Palace to celebrate the anniversary and wish the king well, most of them wearing yellow, a colour that is associated with the king in Thailand.
King Buhimbol has a very special place in Thai culture, with the nation reveres him and where strict lese majeste laws (the crime of violating majesty) prohibit people from speaking ill of him.
At 88 he is the undisputed longest-reigning monarch in the world, which in part has contributed to his popularity in Thailand.
Speaking to Reuters, the spokesman for the King Colonel Winthai Suvaree, spoke of the strong bond between the king and his people. “The relationship between Thais and the King is deep, more than one can actually begin to explain.”
The king himself is not expected to make a public appearance. For years now he has been intermittently hospitalised, and he reportedly underwent serious heart surgery last week.
This has not stopped monks and people alike celebrating their king in their orange and yellow, whilst carrying effigies and gathering around the Grand Palace in Bangkok to pray for his recovery.