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Thailand’s 87-Year-Old King Makes Rare Appearance
Thai well-wishers hold portraits of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej while waiting in front of Siriraj hospital in Bangkok on May 5, 2015. Thailand's revered but ailing King made a rare public appearance, leaving the hospital where he has been convalescing for much of the past few months. AFP PHOTO / PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL (Photo credit should read PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL/AFP/Getty Images)

Thailand’s 87-Year-Old King Makes Rare Appearance

(BANGKOK) — Thailand’s revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej made a rare public appearance Tuesday to mark the 65th anniversary of his coronation.

All television stations carried the event live, as the 87-year-old monarch emerged in a wheelchair from a Bangkok hospital, where he has taken up residence, and was driven through the capital’s historic district to the Grand Palace.

Buddhist monks led prayers as the king watched, before an audience of government and royal officials.

Thais lined the roads along the route, chanting “Long Live the King!” The palace had not announced if Bhumibol would appear for the ceremony, but crowds had gathered in anticipation of seeing the monarch. Tuesday was a national holiday.

Bhumibol has been hospitalized since last October when he had his gallbladder removed. It was the latest ailment and hospitalization for the king, who has faded from public life over the past several years and on rare outings looks visibly frail and does speak publicly.

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