Thai King Vajiralongkorn has married his bodyguard and made her queen.
The royal announcement that Suthida Tidjai, age 40 and a former flight attendant, is now queen comes just days before the king’s coronation — the king took over as the top royal in 2016, when his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, passed away.
The coronation is this Saturday and the king has not given a reason that the coronation is coming three years later.
According to the royal statement, 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.”
The king made her deputy commander of his bodyguard unit in 2014 when he was still crown prince. In 2016, she was made a full general. In 2017, she was made deputy commander of the personal guard he was now due as king.
And while their romantic relationship has been rumored for a while, it only became public when the king announced he’d married her, making her his fourth wife and queen.He has been married and divorced thrice .
Source: The Washington Post