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Thai King to Travel to Ayutthaya

The AP reports this afternoon:

Thousands of Thais lined roads in Bangkok and near the historic capital Ayutthaya on Friday to see the country’s 84-year-old monarch on his first trip outside the capital in almost three years.

King Bhumibol Adulyadej actively worked for decades on behalf of the country’s poor but has almost disappeared from public life since he was hospitalized in September 2009 for what the palace called a lung inflammation.

Since then he has had a variety of ailments and has lived in a royal wing of Bangkok’s Siriraj Hospital, leaving only on rare occasions and always in a wheelchair.

The Bangkok Post has a story and photos of the crowds.

(All emphasis mine.)

UPDATE, May 27: The New York Times ran a story Friday about the trip.