Sheffield Wednesday have confirmed on their club website that will fly their flags at half most in respect to the recently passed away King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej.
The monarch of Thailand had reigned over his country for 70 years, making him the longest serving ruler in the world, something which now passed onto our own Queen Elizabeth II after his death, but has recently passed away which has sent the country go into mourning for their king.
And with Sheffield Wednesday being owned by Thai man Dejphon Chansiri, they want to show their respects to a man who was widely revered in his home country. And so they have confirmed that the flags that on the North Stand of the stadium will be at half mast for the next 30 days as a mark of respect for the longstanding monarch.
The club statement announcing this said: “Sheffield Wednesday, on behalf of chairman Dejphon Chansiri, would like to add the club’s condolences to those sent to Thailand worldwide following the passing of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.”
“The king, aged 88, was the longest reigning monarch in the world, with 70 years on the throne.”
“It is widely recognised that King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who was hailed for his skills as a diplomat and ability to reach out to ordinary people in Thailand, leaves the country’s monarchy far stronger than it was at his accession in June, 1946. ”
“As a mark of respect, flags at Hillsborough will fly at half-mast for 30 days.”
King Bhumibol Adulyadej was much loved in his home country and has been praised for his ability to calm the country through times of high tension. However some critics, who are mostly from abroad due to laws in Thailand which limit criticism of him, have said that he has endorsed military takeovers of the country.