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Thai king leaves hospital after four years

By Alexis Lai, CNN
updated 12:50 AM EDT, Fri August 2, 2013
Well-wishers wait for Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej outside Siriraj hospital in Bangkok on Thursday.
Well-wishers wait for Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej outside Siriraj hospital in Bangkok on Thursday.

(CNN) -- To rousing cheers of "Long live their majesties," Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej left a Bangkok hospital Thursday afternoon after a nearly four-year stay.

Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej (L) and Queen Sirikit (R) are pictured in a vehicle after leaving Bangkok\'s Siriraj hospital.
Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej (L) and Queen Sirikit (R) are pictured in a vehicle after leaving Bangkok's Siriraj hospital.

The king, 85 and the world's longest-reigning monarch, entered Siriraj Hospital in September 2009 for treatment for a lung inflammation, according to local media reports. His wife, Queen Sirikit, 80, was also admitted to the same hospital in July 2012 for what doctors described as reduced blood flow to the brain.

Well-wishers, clad in the royal colors of yellow and pink, clutched portraits of the king and waved national and royal flags along the royal motorcade route.

The royal couple arrived the same evening at their seaside palace in Hua Hin, where they primarily resided before their hospitalizations.

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