Thai king, world’s oldest reigning monarch, hospitalized

King Bhumibol Adulyadej attends a celebration of his 81st birthday in Bangkok on December 2, 2008.
Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world’s longest reigning monarch, has been hospitalized with fever and fatigue, the royal palace said Sunday.

King Bhumibol Adulyadej, 81, was admitted to a Bangkok hospital on Saturday night. Doctors are monitoring his condition while administering antibiotics and intravenous fluid, the statement from the Royal Household Bureau said. The statement was carried by Thai News Agency and other local media.

The king was formally crowned on May 5, 1950. Thailand abolished absolute monarchy in the 1930s, so the king wields little political power. But he is a deeply revered figure and enjoys immense popularity.