In an unexpected ceremony, Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn married Suthida Tidjai – the deputy head of his personal guard force – just a few days before his coronation.
Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s long-time consort becomes his fourth wife, bestowed with the title Queen Suthida – a surprise move just days before his coronationhttps://t.co/nLeDHV4l65 pic.twitter.com/woce0IOo9c— AFP news agency (@AFP) May 2, 2019
She was also given the title of Queen Suthida and the announcement of the same was carried in the Royal Gazette and shown on the Royal News segment on the TV.
A royal statement was also made and it said that 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 rumours of romance between the two started in 2014, when Vajiralongkorn appointed the former flight attendant as a deputy commander of his bodyguard unit.
Later in 2016, she was appointed as the full general in the Royal Thai Army and given the title of ‘Thanpuying’ – a royal name which means ‘Lady’.
This was followed by her appearances at the royal rites and funeral services but the palace never acknowledged any rumours that hinted towards the two being romantically involved.
However, all doubts were confirmed yesterday with their marriage.