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05 December 2008 :: 08:12:30 am 39717

Thai Monarch Falls Ill; Fails to Deliver Birthday Speech

BANGKOK, Dec 4 - Thailand‘s revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej failed to deliver his traditional birthday-eve speech to the nation Thursday due to his ill health, the crown prince announced on Thursday.
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HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn made the announcement in a national address broadcast via national radio that a mild illness prompted his father to be unable to deliver the speech on the eve of his 81st birthday.

“His Majesty asked me to thank you on his behalf for the best wishes given and to wish his subjects to stay physically and mentally strong to perform their duties,” the crown prince said.

The crown prince’s sister, HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, said the king’s condition is mild.

“His Majesty has a throat infection but no fever. He is now on a saline drip with a poor appetite,” the princess said.

On the eve of his annual birthday, King Bhumibol, who has been reigning in the country for 62 years, usually delivers his speech to senior government officials, representatives of the legislative and judicial branches as well as well-wishers across the spectrum of society who were granted an audience at a ceremonial throne hall to wish him a happy birthday. Thais cherish the monarch’s sage advice with utmost importance and they usually return the king’s goodwill with love and devotion.

The world’s longest-reigning monarch played a crucial role in resolving national crises, providing counsel and moral support to his subjects for decades.

His speeches over the past few years have focused on national unity amid a continuing political crisis between government supporters and opponents which has dragged on for years. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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