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Thais unite in monochrome to mourn their revered king

Symbols play a big role in Thailand and the people often expressed their devotion to the king with colours

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Thai girls wearing black bows in their hair as they waited outside the Grand Palace in Bangkok on Sunday to pay respects to the late King Bhumibol.

Bangkok

ON HIS birthday, Thais wore yellow; when he got sick, they put on pink; and now that King Bhumibol Adulyadej has died, Bangkok's streets have turned monochrome in an extraordinary display of collective grief.

The venerated monarch died at the age of 88 on Thursday, plunging