Former flight attendant turned imperial protector is reputation Queen Suthida daylights before his own coronation

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

The announcement of the unexpected ceremony, simply three days before the long-awaited coronation, was established in the royal 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 monarch after the death of his adored father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej,in October 2016, after 70 years 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 nurses massive patriotism, supremacy and resource in Thailand, with the king considered the spiritual champion of the person or persons. The ruler is also insulated from review by some of the strictest lese majeste statutes in the world.

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

Some royal spectators and foreign media had joined Suthida romantically with the king, but the palace had originally been never acknowledged any relationship.

In 2014, Vajiralongkorn commissioned Suthida Tidjai, a former cabin crew for Thai Airways, as a deputy commander of his bodyguard part. She was then promoted to full general in the army in December 2016 and has also been made a thanpuying , a imperial entitle mean lady.

Among the dignitaries at the wedding were Prayuth Chan-ocha, the leader of the military junta that has ranged Thailand since a 2014 legion coup , 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 juveniles. He and Suthida are known to spend most of their era 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 king took the throne after the death of his father, his formal coronation follows a mourning period for King Bhumibol, whose royal cremation was held a year after his death. The coronation is expected to cost upwards of $30 m.

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