Thailand's Queen Mother admitted to hospital with fever

Thailand's Queen Mother admitted to hospital with fever

Thailand Queen Mother Sirikit
Thai Queen Sirikit (left) leaves the Siriraj hospital in Bangkok on her way to the coastal palace in the southern city of Hua Hin on May 10, 2015. (File photo: AFP/Christophe Archambault)

BANGKOK: Thailand's 86-year-old Queen Mother Sirikit is being treated for a fever at a Bangkok hospital, the Royal Household Bureau said in a statement on Wednesday (Apr 17).

Sirikit, who was queen consort to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died in 2016 after seven decades on the throne, is mother to the current King Maha Vajiralongkorn, 66.

The queen has seldom been seen in public but last year the palace released photographs of Sirikit to mark her 86th birthday on Aug 12. The queen was pictured with several of her children, including King Vajiralongkorn.

Sirikit was admitted to Bangkok's Chulalongkorn Hospital on Tuesday after developing the fever caused by a bladder infection, the bureau said.

Many national holidays in Thailand revolve around the royals. Sirikit's birthday is also celebrated at Mother's Day.

Source: Reuters