Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej, died Thursday, at age 88. With 70 years as sovereign, he was longest reigning monarch in Thailand. His son, the Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, has had an interesting past-and the people are worried about his up-coming reign. Having ended his third marriage in 2014, and after spending most of his time in Germany within the last few years, some worry whether Thai’s Crown Prince is ready to be king.

The Crown Prince decided to take a year in mourning before he ascends the throne. There are supporters and critiques for his mourning period. Some believe that he is taking the mourning period to prepare for the throne, not to actually mourn. However, King Bhumibol Adulyadej was beloved by the people, and it may be good for a slow transition from father to son. I will be a difficult transition “because King Bhumibol has been the linchpin of the Thai political system for decades. “His successor will almost certainly not enjoy the same prestige or sway,” said John Ciorciari, in the Wall Street Journal’s article After Thai’s King Death, Crown Prince Has a Hard Act to Follow.

Thailand's Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn at a ceremony in Bangkok on May 13, 2015 to mark the traditional beginning of the rice-growing season.

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