He went to the palace to inspect royal projects and for a change of atmosphere, Office of His Majesty’s Principal Private Secretary said on its Facebook page.
The trip took place in the afternoon and the King was at the palace for about half an hour. It was a rare journey outside the hospital where the King has spent much of the last two years.
Hundreds of people lined the streets around the hospital as His Majesty left in a van wearing a green Hawaiian-style shirt. Many of them shouted “Long live the King”. On his way back to the hospital, the King’s motorcade was also greeted with shouts of “Long live the King” by a large group of people gathering beside the road.
On Sunday, the Royal Household Bureau issued an update on the King’s health, reporting that his pulse and blood pressure had returned to normal after he was given antibiotics to fight an infection and fever.
On December 14, the King appeared in public for the first time in several months when he granted an audience to a group of new judges. He did not attend royal ceremonies marking his birthday on December 5, when he turned 88.