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Queen Mother of Thailand released from hospital

Thailand’s Queen Mother has been released from hospital and has returned home to Chitralada Royal Villa, located within the grounds of Dusit Palace, according to the Royal Household Bureau on Tuesday.

Queen Sirikit, 86, had recently been suffering from a cystitis infection (also called a urinary tract infection or UTI) and was admitted to Chulalongkorn Hospital in Bangkok. The Bureau said that her condition has now returned to normal.

The Queen Mother no longer has a fever, has a good appetite, and is sleeping well. Urine lab results showed no infection, and doctors decided that she could return home.

She was admitted to hospital on 17 April due to a fever from cystitis. At the time, doctors advised her to enter the hospital for observation and medical treatment for the fever. It was not known how long she would remain in Chulalongkorn Hospital. It came just a few weeks before her son’s coronation as the King of Thailand where he bestowed the title of Queen Mother on her.

Queen Sirikit, whose son now reigns as King Rama X, was last in the hospital in August 2018 after a bought with the flu. She was also hospitalised in 2016 for a fever and lung infection. Her Majesty also suffered a stroke in 2012.

She was the wife of Thailand’s late and beloved monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej (or Rama IX) who died on 13 October 2016 at the age of 88.

They married on 28 April 1950 after becoming engaged on 19 July 1949 in Switzerland. Together, they had four children: Princess Ubol Ratana (b. 1951), King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun (b. 1952) Princess Sirindhorn (b. 1955), and Princess Chulabhorn (b. 1957).

The Queen is seldom seen in public now, but the Royal Household Bureau released several images last year of her with her children in celebration of her 86th birthday.

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