The revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej addressed the nation yesterday to mark his 84th birthday, calling for his countrymen to unite in response to the nationa's worst floods in half a century.
The world's longest-reigning monarch spoke at the ceremonial Grand Palace in Bangkok for about five minutes after being driven from a nearby hospital where he has been staying for more than two years. People lined the route, waving flags and chanting: "Long live the King."
Thailand is divided politically and the King has traditionally played a conciliatory role in society, but he has lost influence due in part to his poor health. APReuse content