The health of King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand remains in question.
泰国国王普密蓬·阿杜德 (Bhumibol Adulyadej) 健康状况仍然存在问题。
The 87-year-old has been the king of Thailand since 1946.
Last week, the king's youngest daughter made a public request for prayers from the Thai people for her ailing father. He has spent much of the past several years in a hospital in Bangkok.
The king, also known as Rama IX, briefly appeared in public earlier this month. Since then, he has reportedly had blood infections, fever and lung problems. Thai officials say he has improved, but many in the country remain concerned.
Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn is in line to be the next king. But he is not as loved or respected in the country as his parents. In August, he led a 43-kilometer mass bicycle ride in tribute to his ill mother, Queen Sirikit. The event had more than 145,000 cyclists and 9,000 police officers. Some believe the bicycle ride demonstrates to a nation under army rule that the military backs the crown prince to succeed his father.
王太子玛哈·哇集拉隆功(Maha Vajiralongkorn) 将成为下一任国王。但在泰国，他不像他的父母那样受人们爱戴与尊敬。他领导了一场43千米的群众骑自行车赛，向他生病的母亲诗丽吉王后表示致敬。该活动有超过145,000骑车者及9000名警察参加。一些人认为骑自行车赛展示了在军队统治之下的国家，军队支持王储接替他的父亲。
But the prince remains distant from the public. And his private life has been a source of concern.
His sister Princess Sirindhorn, however, is more widely respected. She is broadly admired for her charity work and her efforts in education. Some say that the princess could become asuccessor. But she has not been formally chosen as anheir to thethrone.
然而，他的妹妹诗琳通公主，却受到群众的广泛尊重。她通过从事慈善事业与教育工作而深受爱戴。一些泰国民众期望诗琳通公主(Princess Sirindhorn) 继承王位。但她还没有被正式选为王位继承人。
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Bhumibol is the only king most Thais have ever known. His death will send Thailand into deep mourning.
Tyrell Haberkorn is an expert on Thailand. She says the respect and admiration many Thais have for King Bhumibol "is specific to him as an individual, not the institution."
"Rama X will not be able to automatically slip into the same position held by Rama IX, even if he wears the same crown," she said. "The wildcard here is not who is going to ascend to the throne, but what citizens will do in that moment."