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Thailand’s Queen Sirikit, 86, admitted to hospital with flu

August 20, 2018

In this photo released on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, by The Royal Household Bureau, Thailand's Queen Sirikit, center, is visited by her children King Maha Vjiralongkorn and Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn at the Chitralada Palace on the Queen's 86th birthday in Bangkok, Thailand. The Thai Royal Palace has announced that the Queen, mother of the country's King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, has been hospitalized with influenza. (The Royal Household Bureau via AP)

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s Queen Sirikit is being treated in a hospital for the flu, the royal palace announced Monday.

The announcement from the Royal Household Bureau said Sirikit was admitted to Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn Hospital on Sunday with a fever and a cough and received medication. She was recovering but remained hospitalized on the recommendation of her doctors.

The mother of King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun turned 86 on Aug. 12. Her birthday is celebrated as Mother’s Day, a national holiday in Thailand.

Sirikit is the widow of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died in 2016 after seven decades on the throne

She has been in ill health for several years, and is rarely seen in public, though photos were issued by the palace of family members visiting her on her birthday this month.

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