Queen Recovers and Returns to the Palace

Her Majesty Queen Sirikit holds the arm of her son Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn as she waves to a crowd on March 12, 2009 outside Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok.

BANGKOK — Her Majesty the Queen was taken from the hospital back to the palace after being treated for a lung inflammation, a palace statement said Tuesday.

After being under the care of doctors at Chulalongkorn Hospital since Nov. 16, the Royal Household Bureau said the Queen’s condition had improved overall. The x-ray and blood tests also showed her lung inflammation had been mostly cured.

“The Queen has no fever and is conscious. She is able to walk and eat well,” the statement read.

The doctor saw it viable for her to return to rest at the palace.



Queen Sirikit is the wife of His Majesty the Late King Bhumibol, who died on Oct. 13 at 88, ending his reign as the longest-ruling monarch in Thai history.

Due to her frail health, Her Majesty has spent much of the past year at the hospital.

She has rarely been seen in public since her hospitalization, but she was glimpsed during the motorcade that transported King Bhumibol’s body from Siriraj Hospital to the Grand Palace on Oct. 14.