Thailand's Queen Mother Sirikit admitted to hospital with fever

Thailand's Queen Sirikit waves to people during her arrival in Chinatown for Lunar New Year celebrations in Bangkok January 23, 2012.
PHOTO: Reuters

BANGKOK - Thailand's 86-year-old Queen Mother Sirikit is being treated for a fever at a Bangkok hospital, the Royal Household Bureau said in a statement on Wednesday (April 17).

Queen Sirikit, who was queen consort to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died in 2016 after seven decades on the throne, is mother to the current King Maha Vajiralongkorn, 66.

The queen has seldom been seen in public but last year, the palace released photographs of Queen Sirikit to mark her 86th birthday on Aug 12.

The queen was pictured with several of her children, including King Vajiralongkorn.

Queen Sirikit was admitted to Bangkok's Chulalongkorn Hospital on Tuesday after developing the fever caused by a bladder infection, the bureau said.

Many national holidays in Thailand revolve around the royals. Queen Sirikit's birthday is also celebrated on Mother's Day.