Poor health cited as King misses service

national May 06, 2013 00:00

By The Nation

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His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej did not attend the royal ceremony marking the anniversary of his coronation at the Grand Palace yesterday due to health reasons.

His Majesty assigned HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn to perform the royal ceremony on his behalf. Also present were the Crown Prince’s Royal Consort, HRH Princess Srirasmi, and the Prince’s younger sister HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. 

The royal ceremony was held at the Amarin Winitchai Throne Hall inside the Grand Palace yesterday morning. 
His Majesty’s presence at the ceremony was cancelled at the last minute. The Royal Household Bureau announced via a statement yesterday that the team of royal doctors asked that His Majesty refrain from royal duties for some time. 
The much-beloved King, 85, has been receiving medical treatment at Siriraj Hospital for a few years. However, he has sometimes headed out to preside over important royal ceremonies. 
On Saturday, the Royal Household Bureau confirmed that His Majesty and Her Majesty Queen Sirikit would leave the hospital yesterday morning for the ceremony marking his coronation at the Grand Palace. 
A huge number of people turned up at Siriraj Hospital at dawn yesterday to express their loyalty to Their Majesties. Wearing either yellow or pink, many other people lined the route to the Grand Palace in hope of getting a glimpse of Their Majesties or to chant “Long Live Their Majesties” when the royal motorcade moved past. The colours yellow and pink are associated with His Majesty. 
The Royal Household Bureau announced yesterday that while the King’s lung inflammation had eased and he could sleep, he still ate just a little and had some fatigue. 
“Antibiotics are being given intravenously,” the bureau said in a statement.

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