Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej - Life in Pictures French President de Gaulle and his wife alongside King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand and his wife attend a show at the Opera de Paris Getty To inquire about a licence to reproduce material, visit our Syndication site. Click here to upload yours. After his father, Bhumibol Adulyadej, died on 13 October 2016, Vajiralongkorn was expected to succeed to the throne of Thailand but asked for time to mourn before taking the throne. You can WhatsApp us on 07810 791 502. Thailand's palace has released rare images and a biography of the king's newly anointed royal consort, including both candid and action-packed photos of her aiming a weapon on a firing range, piloting a plane, and preparing to parachute. King Maha Vajiralongkorn bestowed the rank of "Chao Khun Phra" or noble consort on the 34-year-old former army nurse Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi on his 67th birthday in July. His military career was interrupted in 1978 so he could be ordained for a season as a Buddhist monk, as is customary for all Thai Buddhist men. Thai king strips consort of titles for 'disloyalty' ... just two months after the king married Queen Suthida, his fourth wife. 41,000 - Temples nationwide where monks will pray simultaneously tobless the king, 40,000 - Security personnel deployed during the prestigious occasion. Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn's royal consort, 34-year-old Major-General Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi, has been dismissed for being ungrateful to the king. By Monique Penning ... who was first spotted out in public with the 65-year-old king in a shopping centre in Germany last year. Charges related to lèse-majesté reportedly were brought against relatives of the king’s third wife after their 2014 divorce. https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/hairy-bikers-si-king-opens-7866614 © 1998-2019 Zee Media Corporation Ltd (An Essel Group Company), All The publication of the more than 60 photos and a 46-page biography was dated last week but did not start circulating online until Monday. In the run-up to his coronation, the billboards and government offices were peppered with large imposing portraits of Vajiralongkorn. The Sun website is regulated by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO), Our journalists strive for accuracy but on occasion we make mistakes. United States: Sunday saw highest number of airline passenger screenings since March She sings Happy Birthday to it before getting on her hands and knees and eating from the same bowl as Foo Foo. 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Born in the northern province of Nan, she graduated from the Royal Thai Army Nursing College, trained as a pilot in Thailand and abroad, and served in the king's royal bodyguard unit, reaching the rank of major-general in May. To see all content on The Sun, please use the Site Map. King Maha Vajiralongkorn and his consort, General Suthida Vajiralongkorn, named Queen Suthida, attend their wedding ceremony in Bangkok, Thailand May 1, 2019. The first king of a unified Thailand was the founder of the Kingdom of Sukhothai, King Sri Indraditya, in 1238. Another royal couple has decided to split — Thailand’s Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn, 62, and wife Princess Srirasmi Akrapongpreecha, 43, are getting a divorce after 13 years of marriage. Finally, in 1993, he sued for divorce, laying the blame for the failed relationship entirely at Soamsawali’s feet. The king has five sons and two daughters from his previous marriages. King Maha Vajiralongkorn moves around on a palanquin during the coronation ceremony at the Grand Palace in Bangkok on May 5, 2019. We were afraid to risk even demonstrating the slightest inference of disrespect toward the Royal Family.”. He fathered several children to a mistress while married to his first wife, a cousin. Thai king brings wife and mistress to father's funeral. King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s coronation, which is due to last for three days, began two years after the death of his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej. News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. However, by then he was involved with a … But in stark contrast to his father, Brit-educated Maha has already divorced three times - and is now on his FOURTH wife. ... the first … Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn waves as Queen Suthida bows toward him at the Royal Palace in Bangkok on May 6, 2019. He kept the marriage secret from the public until 2005, when she gave birth to their son, Prince Dipangkorn Rasmijoti. Maha has ruled Thailand since the death last year of his father who was married to Sirikit for 66 of those years. Among the dignitaries at their wedding were Prayuth Chan-ocha, the leader of the military junta that has run Thailand since a 2014 army coup. For further details of our complaints policy and to make a complaint please click this link: thesun.co.uk/editorial-complaints/, Comments are subject to our community guidelines, which can be viewed, Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn marries his consort, Suthida Vajiralongkorn na Ayudhya, newly named Queen Suthida, prays at the feet of her husband during the ceremony, Man and wife... Suthida Vajiralongkorn na Ayudhya, a former Thai Airways flight attendant, 'legally married' the King in accordance with royal traditions, Queen Suthida signs marriage license documents during the royal marriage registration, King Maha Vajiralongkorn in that now infamous croptop in Munich, Queen Sirikit once branded her son a bit of a womaniser, His father, King Bhumibol, left, was well loved by the people of Thailand, King Maha Vajiralongkorn succeeded to the throne of Thailand in December 2016 and is a popular monarch, Here the individualistic king is seen at a Munich airport wearing an eyebrow-raising crop top while his new wife who is carrying a poodle, The King's glamorous wife has been seen at many royal ceremonies in recent years, Meeting Wills and Kate during a trip to the UK in 2012, With former wife Srirasmi Suwadee and their son, Prince Dipangkorn Rasmijoti, Maha was educated at a posh private school in the UK, Thailand King Maha Vajiralongkorn strolls around shopping centre in crop top, Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). In 1977 he married his first wife — his cousin, Princess Soamsawali Kitiyakara. “At one point during the band’s second number, he jumped up on to the head table and began lapping from the guests’ water glasses, including my own. 69 - Years since Thailand’s last coronation, in 1950. The King of Thailand held an odd ceremony Sunday where he named one of his top generals and longtime girlfriend as his official mistress, a … She appeared in a leaked controversial video that displayed the decadence of the royal family. The monarch even threatened to sue Facebook over the startling shots, taken in 2016 by a passer-by who recognised the king. The current concept of Thai kingship evolved through 800 years of absolute rule. The images and details provide an unusually intimate glimpse into the private lives of the powerful, ultra-wealthy and inscrutable monarchy, which is protected by a royal insult law that carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison per count. rights reserved. She is the first woman to receive the noble rank in nearly a century. They had a daughter, Bajrakitiyabha, but the relationship was doomed from the start. They had a daughter, Bajrakitiyabha, but the relationship was doomed from the start. Thailand crowned its first monarch in nearly seven decades on May 4. The images, which appeared to show Maha out for a stroll with a girlfriend while wearing fake tattoo “sleeves”, fall foul of Thailand’s extremely strict law of “lese-majeste” — or insulting royalty. Soon afterwards he hooked-up with his latest wife Vajiralongkorn - who is nicknamed Nui. 17,568 - Number of royal volunteers in Bangkok across the three days of the coronation. When the dog died in 2015 Maha gave it a four-day funeral complete with Buddhist rites before it was cremated in a lavish ceremony. Queen Suthida is King Vajiralongkorn’s fourth wife. “The Air Chief Marshal’s antics drew the full attention of the 600-plus audience members, and remains the talk of the town to this day.”. "He is a good student, a good boy, but women find him interesting and he finds women even more interesting.”. Suthida is the fourth wife of the monarch, who has a teenage son from his third marriage and six other children. In a first, Thai King's wife turns pilot, takes part in military drills. His four sons say they were banned from returning by their father. Chulalongkorn was furious when he discovered that his son brought home a farang wife. Livid Maha ordered posters to be placed all around his palace accusing her of adultery with a 60-year-old Thai air marshal. He made it an Air Chief Marshal in the Royal Thai Air Force and the dog appeared at official functions dressed in a dinner jacket. He married his first wife in … A cycling and aviation enthusiast who spends much of his time abroad in Germany, Vajiralongkorn was crowned in May in an elaborate three-day ceremony that Sineenat participated in. https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/the-depraved-rule-of-thailands-caligula-king Foo Foo hit the headlines once again when a video from its birthday party surfaced online. Official photos show Suthida Vajiralongkorn na Ayudhya, a former Thai Airways flight attendant, laying on the floor as she was given a gift by the king during the ceremony. The Asahi Shimbun via Getty He even jailed the parents of his third wife, a lady-in-waiting named Srirasmi, under those laws by accusing them of abusing their connections with him, the BBC and The Sun reported. This service is provided on News Group Newspapers' Limited's Standard Terms and Conditions in accordance with our Privacy & Cookie Policy. Tidjai was never confirmed as wife of King Maha but was given honorific titles that imply they were married She was spotted with the King boarding a plane while the monarch wore a … They began living together but his wife refused to divorce him. During the marriage Maha fathered four sons and a daughter with his mistress, actress Yuvadhida Polpraserth. The pair bought a poodle, Foo Foo, which Maha became devoted to in a way that even the most ardent dog lover would find extreme. 1,000,000,000 -  Total cost in Thai baht of the coronation ceremonies (£23 milion). Bangkok, Thailand (CNN) Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun has wed his royal consort, Gen. Suthida Vajiralongkorn … King Vajiralongkorn inherited the throne in … He became the first monarch to be born in Thailand since his great-uncle Prajadhipok. View our online Press Pack. Some royal observers and foreign media had linked Suthida romantically with the king, but the palace had previously never acknowledged a relationship between them. Do you have a story for The Sun Online news team? However, the king's pristine ceremonial outfit was a far cry from the outrageous croptop and low-slung jeans he was once spotted wearing while wandering around a German shopping centre. We pay for videos too. The idea of this early kingship is said to be based on two concepts derived from Hinduism and Theravada Buddhist beliefs. The king is not as well-known to the public as his beloved father Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died in 2016. In 1977 he married his first wife — his cousin, Princess Soamsawali Kitiyakara. A year earlier he divorced Srirasmi, stripped her royal titles and exiled her to an undisclosed location in Thailand — with a reported settlement of £4.5m. 12 - The 12th coronation for kings of the reigning Chakri dynasty. In Lausanne, Princess Mother Sangwal, in the wake of the death of King Ananda in 1946, requested the Swiss police to guard Villa Vadhana 24 hours a day to ensure the safety of the young King Bhumibol. In 2007 Foo Foo was a guest at a reception held by the US Ambassador Ralph Boyce. He held a private marriage ceremony in Istanbul and left his new wife in Singapore on his journey back to Siam. Indeed, his string of failed marriages and apparently insatiable appetite for women - his own mother Queen Sirikit branded him a womaniser - has had Thais quietly gossiping for years. A rare release of official palace photos of the Thai King’s royal consort have caused a flurry of online attention, causing the royal palace website to crash, according to reports. It appears to show topless Srirasmi lying on the floor in just a G-string, feeding cake to the dog. Vajiralongkorn, 66, also known by the title King Rama X, became constitutional monarch after the death of his revered father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, in October 2016, after 70 years on the throne. Thai social media has been awash with a rare display of public anger against the king (Picture: Newsflash) The King of Thailand has moved into … They had a daughter, Bajrakitiyabha, but the relationship was doomed from the start. For other inquiries, Contact Us. "The Sun", "Sun", "Sun Online" are registered trademarks or trade names of News Group Newspapers Limited. During a 1982 trip to the US, Sirikit said: “My son, the Crown Prince, is a little bit of a Don Juan. The prince then had his daughter brought back to Thailand. Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn has been crowned on the first of three days of coronation rites. Maha even told a magazine it was his intention to settle down. HANDOUT/REUTERS First … According to the 2007 Constitution, the cabinet instructed the president of the National Assembly to invite Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn to the throne. She went to school in England. In the … He is due to be officially crowned in elaborate Buddhist and Brahmin ceremonies on Saturday, followed by a procession through Bangkok the next day. "The king has ordered the creation of a royal biography for Chao Khun Phra Sineenat Bilaskalayani," a statement from the Royal Office said, using her full title. In a leaked document, Mr Boyce said: “Foo Foo was present at the event, dressed in formal evening attire complete with paw mitts. Thailand announced on Wednesday that King Maha Vajiralongkorn's long-time consort had become his fourth wife, bestowed with the title Queen Suthida - … The surprise announcement was carried 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. Maha Vajiralongkorn is due to be crowned 10th monarch of Chakri dynasty of Thailand in an elaborate three-day ceremony starting on Saturday. In a letter written in 2011 they said: “We were ordered by our father not to return home to Thailand. Vajiralongkorn's fourth wife, Suthida Tidjai, former acting commander of Royal Thai Aide-de-Camp Department, and who he just married on May 1, was sitting stone-faced next to him throughout the ceremony. He then jailed her parents for two-and-a-half years for “royal defamation”. In 2014, Vajiralongkorn appointed Suthida Tidjai, a former flight attendant for Thai Airways, as a deputy commander of his bodyguard unit. THAI King Maha Vajiralongkorn has married his long-term consort and given her the title Queen Suthida  - just days before his coronation. 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. In 2001 the king married his third wife — former waitress Srirasmi Suwadee, who had been in his service since 1992. But the king’s bizarre dress sense is just the tip of the iceberg for this clearly very different monarch. 795 - Number of “salute” gunpowder pellets to be fired by the armed forces. He married Yuvadhida the following year but after a mysterious bust-up two years later, she fled to the UK to escape her husband. 200,000 - The number of citizens expected to line streets in Bangkok to view the ceremony. The images show royal noble consort Sineenat Bilaskalayani, also known as Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi in camouflage fatigues, taking part in military drills, flying a small plane, and laughing at a table with the king, both wearing casual clothes. In 1977 he married his first wife — his cousin, Princess Soamsawali Kitiyakara. Email us at tips@the-sun.co.uk or call 0207 782 4368 . Thailand's palace has released rare images and a biography of the king's newly anointed royal consort Sineenat Bilaskalayani, also known as Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi in camouflage fatigues, taking part in military drills. The princess attended Rajini School in Thailand for … We pay for your stories! 679215 Registered office: 1 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9GF. 200,000 - the 12th coronation for kings of the king ’ s third after. Foo hit the headlines once again when a video from its birthday party surfaced online the then. Two years later, she fled to the public until 2005, when she gave birth to son. 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