Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn Marries Bodyguard Days before Coronation
Only few days prior to coronation, Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn got married to the deputy chief of his personal guard force and gave her the title of the queen.
The marriage took place at the Ampornsathan Throne Hall of Dusit Palace in Bangkok. As per the royal announcement made after the marriage, the king “has decided to promote General Suthida Vajiralongkorn Na Ayudhya, his royal consort, to become Queen Suthida and she will hold royal title and status as part of the royal family.”
He “performed a royal wedding ceremony with Gen. Suthida Vajiralongkorn Na Ayudhya in accordance to law and royal traditions in a full and righteous manner,” the announcement added.
In the marriage video broadcasted by the Thai television, it can be seen that the new Queen is laying before King Maha Vajiralongkorn in a traditional manner and is providing tray of flowers, and incense sticks to the king. The video also showed the king pouring sacred water on the head of the queen.
Before this marriage, the king has gone through three divorces. He has seven children, of which two are girls and five are boys.
Princess Sirindhorn and Gen. Prem Tinsulanonda signed the marriage document as the witness. Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha and other members of the Royal family along with various palace advisers were also present during the marriage ceremony of King Maha Vajiralongkorn and Queen Suthida. After the marriage, the king gave her the title of Thanpuying, which means Lady.
The official coronation will begin on Saturday and the celebrations will continue till Monday. Vajiralongkorn annexed the throne after the death of his revered father King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 2016 and gained the title of Rama X.
Although various foreign media linked the Queen with King Maha Vajiralongkorn, the palace officials never made an official statement linking the two in any relationship. As the Queen is now a part of Thailand’s royal family, she is under the protection of lese majeste laws.
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