Well-wishers flock to Siriraj as King leaves for palace visit

Well-wishers flock to Siriraj as King leaves for palace visit

Well-wishers hold a photograph of King Bhumibol Adulyadej as they wait for the King's departure at Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok Jan 11. (EPA photo)
Well-wishers hold a photograph of King Bhumibol Adulyadej as they wait for the King's departure at Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok Jan 11. (EPA photo)

His Majesty the King left his 16th-floor residence at Siriraj Hospital on Monday to make a short visit to the Chitralada Palace, his first trip in more than four months.

The 88-year-old King left the Chalerm Phra Kiat building at Siriraj at 1.11pm and took a short car ride to see the landscape conditions at his Bangkok palace.

Upon arrival, His Majesty looked out over a pond in front of Dusidalai Hall. He then visited his royal projects in the compound including a rice mill.

The King then went to see a helicopter parking lawn and passed Chitralada Villa. He returned to Siriraj at 2.47pm.

Hundreds of people lined the streets around the hospital as His Majesty left in a van wearing a Hawaiian-style shirt, according to a Reuters reporter at the scene. Some shouted 'Long live the King'.

"This is the best opportunity in my life to see him," said 49-year-old Nuananong Sripai. "I hope he will get better soon."

People pray outside Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok Jan 11 for the well-being of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who left the hospital on Monday to visit the Chitralada Palace, his first such outing since he was admitted last year. (Reuters photo)

A caravan with HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej leaves Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok on Monday for the Chitralada Palace. (Reuters photo)

People pray outside Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok on Monday. (Reuters photo)

Do you like the content of this article?

25 killed, 356 injured on first day of Songkran road safety campaign

Twenty-five people were killed and 356 injured in 348 road accidents which occurred throughout the country on Saturday, the first day of the government's campaign for Songkran road safety, Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department director-general Boontham Lertsukhikasem said on Sunday.

14:06

New-breed meth pills seized in Isan

NAKHON PHANOM: Border patrol police seized 40,950 methamphetamine pills abandoned on Highway 212 in Tha Uthen district late on Sunday night.

11:54

Worst day yet

Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chon Buri lead record-high 967 new Covid-19 cases Sunday for accumulated total of 32,625; death toll remains 97.

11:51