On Wednesday night the King had a sore throat and difficulty swallowing. His temperature was slightly higher than normal. His doctors gave him medication to treat the conditions. His Majesty still had a sore throat when he woke up on Thursday morning, according to the statement. He had difficulty swallowing his food, so his doctors decided on intravenous feeding and a saline solution. The King could take some soft food. Results of the checks on his blood and phlegm found no bacterial infection, the Royal Household Bureau said in its statement. His illness was cited as a reason for His Majesty’s failure to appear at the annual gathering of senior officials and dignitaries on Thursday on the eve of his birthday.