Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej will not make a public appearance today on his birthday after a doctor checked his condition late yesterday, the Bureau of the Royal Household said in a statement.
The king, who turns 87 today, had been due to give a speech at the Amarin Winitchai Throne Hall.
The king’s condition had improved after he received treatment for a condition affecting his large intestine, the palace said Nov. 14. He was admitted to Bangkok’s Siriraj hospital Oct. 3 suffering from an infection and fever and later underwent an operation to have his gall bladder removed.
In early November, the king was found to be suffering from diverticulum of the large intestine, a condition he experienced in 2007, 2011 and 2012.
The health of King Bhumibol, the world’s longest-reigning monarch, is watched closely in Thailand where he is revered by many for what they say has been his unifying presence during a seven-decade reign marked by 16 successful or attempted coups, 17 constitutions and 29 changes of prime minister. Under Thailand’s constitutional monarchy, the king is head of state and the prime minister and parliament govern, though legislation must still be approved by the king.
Thailand’s latest coup in May saw Junta leader Prayuth Chan-Ocha topple the elected government of then-Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. While hospitalized, the king has endorsed members of a so-called national reconciliation council and a committee that will draft a permanent constitution before elections that may be held late next year or in 2016.
The king granted an audience to Prime Minister Prayuth and two new ministers on Nov. 23, according to an earlier statement on the palace’s official Facebook page. The palace had said Nov. 21. that doctors advised the king to delay the ceremony to swear in the new ministers.