Former flight attendant turned royal protector is reputation Queen Suthida days before his own coronation

Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn has married the deputy head of his personal security detail in a bombshell marriage and generated her the designation Queen Suthida, just days before his official coronation.

The announcement of the unexpected ceremony, just three days before the long-awaited coronation, was constructed in the imperial gazette and footage from Wednesday’s wedding ceremony was later shown on the nightly royal news segment aired on all Thai television channels.

Vajiralongkorn, 66, also known by the title King Rama X, became constitutional ruler after the death of his reverenced parent, King Bhumibol Adulyadej,in October 2016, after 70 times on the throne.

He was due to be officially crowned in elaborated Buddhist and Brahmin ceremonies that will take place over three days this weekend, finishing with a procession through Bangkok.

Thailand has been a constitutional empire since 1932 but the royal family still accommodates gigantic love, power and capital in Thailand, with the king reviewed and considered the spiritual protector of the people. The prince is also insulated from disapproval by some of the strictest lese majeste constitutions in the world.

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Suthida Tidjai on duty at the king’s side in Bangkok earlier this month. Photograph: Rungroj Yongrit/ EPA

Some royal observers and foreign media had related Suthida romantically with the king, but the palace had previously never accepted any relationship.

In 2014, Vajiralongkorn constituted Suthida Tidjai, a former flight attendant for Thai Airways, as a deputy commander of his bodyguard section. She was then promoted to full general in the army in December 2016 and has also been made a thanpuying , a royal title implication lady.

Among the dignitaries at the wed were Prayuth Chan-ocha, the leader of the military junta that has loped Thailand since a 2014 horde takeover , as well as other members of the royal family and palace consultants, the marry footage showed.

Vajiralongkorn has previously been married and divorced three times and has seven children. He and Suthida are known to spend most of their time living between Thailand and Germany, where Vajiralongkorn owns a $12 m mansion in Lake Starnberg, Munich. They likewise live with Vajiralongkorn’s son, Prince Dipankorn Rasmichoti, who is from a previous marriage.

While the prince took the throne after the death of his father, his formal coronation follows a mourn season for King Bhumibol, whose imperial cremation was held a year after his death. The coronation is expected to cost upwards of $30 m.

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