Former flight attendant turned imperial sentry is referred Queen Suthida daytimes before his own coronation

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

The announcement of the unexpected ceremony, merely three days before the long-awaited coronation, was seen 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 idolized leader, King Bhumibol Adulyadej,in October 2016, after 70 times on the throne.

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

Thailand has been a constitutional monarchy since 1932 but the royal family still views gigantic loyalty, influence and capital in Thailand, with the king has reviewed and considered the spiritual shield of the person or persons. The emperor is also insulated from disapproval by some of the most stringent lese majeste constitutions in the world.

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Suthida Tidjai in the course of their duties at the king’s surface in Bangkok earlier this month. Photograph: Rungroj Yongrit/ EPA

Some royal spectators and foreign media had linked Suthida romantically with the king, but the palace had previously never declared any relationship.

In 2014, Vajiralongkorn constituted Suthida Tidjai, a former cabin crew for Thai Airways, as a representative commanding officer of his protector part. She was then supported to full general in the army in December 2016 and has also been made a thanpuying , a imperial name sense lady.

Among the dignitaries at the bridal were Prayuth Chan-ocha, the leader of the military junta that has ranged Thailand since a 2014 military takeover , as well as other members of the royal family and palace advisers, the wedding footage showed.

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

While the lord took the throne after the death of his father, his formal coronation adheres a grieving span 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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