Thailand celebrates King Bhumibol Adulyadej's 70th year on the throne amid anxiety about his health during a critical political juncture. Natasha Howitt reports.
It's 70 years since Thailand's King ascended the throne. Government officials - wearing yellow - are lining up, offering alms to monks, as official celebrations begin. But hovering over the royal affair are concerns about the King's health. King Bhumibol Adulyadej is considered a pillar of stability and afforded semi-divine status. Most Thais have known no other monarch. He has been in hospital for more than a year, and received heart treatment just this week. Thailand's politics is also at a critical juncture. Come August, Thais will be voting in a referendum on a constitution critics say will extend the ruling military's influence. Here, the Chairman of the Election Commission says the King's "wish" is for the country to be "united". Images of the King dominate public spaces in Thailand, and many national holidays are related to the royal family.