Thai king visits palace in first trip outside of hospital

March 9, 2015 10:48 AM

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Thai king visits palace in first trip outside of hospital

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej left hospital on Monday to visit his Bangkok palace, the first such trip since he was admitted last year, which is likely to comfort many who revere him as the arbiter of decades-long, sometimes violent, political divisions.

Bhumibol, 87, the world's longest-reigning monarch and considered "father" of the nation, was admitted to Bangkok's Siriraj Hospital in October where he underwent surgery to remove his gallbladder and treatment for an intestinal infection.

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