With articles like Dark Clouds and Fraught Moment for a Fragile Nation, we've worried over Thailand's fate as its King Bhumipol has been hospitalized since September. The king rallied from Siriraj Hospital to travel to the Amarin Winitchai Throne Hall in Bangkok's Grand Palace, where he addressed his subjects Saturday on his 82nd birthday.
“My happiness comes from the development, security and normalcy of the nation,” the king said in a brief response to well-wishers broadcast on television. He asked the nation’s officials and people to perform their duties “for the benefit of the nation.”
The AP notes that these were the monarch's first public comments since being hospitalized.
As the Bangkok Post writes, "After the king delivered his address he returned by motorcade to Siriraj Hospital."