Former flight attendant turned royal patrol is named Queen Suthida daytimes before his own coronation

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

The announcement of the unexpected ceremony, just three days before the long-awaited coronation, was realise 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 venerated father-god, King Bhumibol Adulyadej,in October 2016, after 70 years 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 monarchy since 1932 but the royal family still regards gigantic patriotism, capability and money in Thailand, with the king considered the spiritual champion of the person or persons. The emperor is also insulated from criticism by some of the most stringent lese majeste principles in the world.

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

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

In 2014, Vajiralongkorn commissioned Suthida Tidjai, a former cabin crew for Thai Airways, as a lieutenant commander of his protector component. She was then promoted to full general in the military forces in December 2016 and has also been made a thanpuying , a royal entitle signify lady.

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