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Thailand: King Rama X makes bodyguard his new Queen with surprise ceremony01:55

Thailand: King Rama X makes bodyguard his new Queen with surprise ceremony

Thailand, Bangkok
May 2, 2019 at 16:17 GMT +00:00 · Published

King Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand married the deputy head of his security detail and made her Queen, just days before his official coronation, in a ceremony in Bangkok's Grand Palace on Wednesday.

Footage of the ceremony released by the palace shows Queen Suthida prostrating herself before the King in the presence of the royal family and palace advisors.

The announcement of the wedding came just a few days before the coronation of King Vajiralongkorn, also known as King Rama X, on Sunday.

Former flight attendant Suthida Tidjai was appointed deputy commander of Vajiralongkorn's security unit in 2014 and was made an army general in 2016. Their relationship was reportedly known for many years, but without any official acknowledgement until Wednesday's surprise announcement.

The 66-year-old King, who assumed the throne of Thailand after his father King Bhumibol Adulyadej passed away in October 2016, has already been married and divorced three times and has seven children from his previous marriages.

MANDATORY CREDIT: Thai Government PR Office

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King Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand married the deputy head of his security detail and made her Queen, just days before his official coronation, in a ceremony in Bangkok's Grand Palace on Wednesday.

Footage of the ceremony released by the palace shows Queen Suthida prostrating herself before the King in the presence of the royal family and palace advisors.

The announcement of the wedding came just a few days before the coronation of King Vajiralongkorn, also known as King Rama X, on Sunday.

Former flight attendant Suthida Tidjai was appointed deputy commander of Vajiralongkorn's security unit in 2014 and was made an army general in 2016. Their relationship was reportedly known for many years, but without any official acknowledgement until Wednesday's surprise announcement.

The 66-year-old King, who assumed the throne of Thailand after his father King Bhumibol Adulyadej passed away in October 2016, has already been married and divorced three times and has seven children from his previous marriages.

MANDATORY CREDIT: Thai Government PR Office

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