BANGKOK – His Majesty the King briefly left the hospital to observe the Chao Praya River in Bangkok today.
According to a statement released by the Royal Household Bureau, King Bhumibol was driven from Siriraj hospital in a royal motorcade to the nearby Royal Thai Navy's auditorium building this afternoon. The 87-year-old monarch briefly viewed the river from the building, and later returned to hospital.
King Bhumibol viewing the Chao Praya river from Royal Thai Navy's auditorium building, 24 April 2015.
King Bhumibol was admitted to the Siriraj Hospital in October 2014 with a high fever. He later underwent a surgery to remove his gallbladder.
His Majesty has made very few public appearances since then. Today was the second time he has left the hospital grounds since he was admitted six months ago.
The king's frail health is a cause of anxiety for many Thais. The monarch is widely credited with bringing stability to the Kingdom during his more than 60 years on the throne.
King Bhumibol arriving at the Royal Thai Navy's auditorium building in Bangkok, 24 April 2015.
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