Bangkok — Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej leaves hospital for first time in four years. The 85-year-old king left the hospital in Bangkok on Thursday where he has lived since being admitted for lung inflammation four years ago to return to his seaside palace. He was accompanied by 80-year-old Queen Sirikit, who has also been in hospital for the past year.
TV News reports showed hundreds of Thais, waving Thai and yellow Royal flags and chanting “Long Live Your Majesties,” as the king and queen left the hospital in a van. The crowds warmly waved their flags as King Bhumibol Adulyadej was driven away from Bangkok’s Siriraj Hospital, where he was admitted in September 2009.
In Hua Hin district of Prachuap Khiri Khan province, about 150 miles south of Bangkok, tens of thousands of people were expected to turn out along a stretch of a three-mile long road leading to the palace to welcome the Thai monarchs back to royal residence according to reports.
The elderly king, who has been on the throne for 67 years, has suffered from a range of ailments since being admitted with respiratory problems in 2009.
He suffered a minor brain bleed in July 2012, but has since made several official appearances including meeting US President Barack Obama during his visit to Thailand in November according to.
Bangkokpost report that there will be a team of royal doctors and nurses would accompany them to the palace, and all necessary medical equipment had been installed at the palace and at Hua Hin Hospital nearby, Dr Udom said.
“We are fully ready. Assignments for doctors and nurses will be the same as Siriraj. The number has not been reduced,” he added. The last time Their Majesties visited the palace was in 2008.