Thailand`s King to leave hospital after four years

Thailand`s 85-year-old King is set to be discharged from a hospital after receiving treatment for a respiratory condition for four years.

Last Updated: Jul 31, 2013, 19:34 PM IST

Bangkok: Thailand`s 85-year-old King, the world`s longest-reigning monarch, is set to be discharged from a hospital after receiving treatment for a respiratory condition for four years, officials said on Wednesday.

King Bhumibol Adulyadej was admitted to the hospital in September 2009, while Queen Sirikit, 80, was treated for unusual heartbeat in 2012.

They are expected to arrive in Klai Kangwon Palace in the town of Hua Hin, a seaside town in the southern province of Prachuap Khiri Khan.

Prachuap Khiri Khan provincial governor Veera Sriwattanatrakul said about 10,000 people were expected to welcome the King and Queen in Hua Hin, 192 kilometres south of Bangkok.

Bhumibol is a revered figure in Thailand, and news of the royal family`s health is carefully followed.

PTI