It seems like the scenario for a romantic drama, but in Thailand it is reality. The Thai king has just married his former bodyguard who has now become the country’s new queen.
A surprise for everyone, just before Maha Vajiralongkorn would take his throne next Saturday, he appears to have married the head of his security team.
He sent the message into the world via a statement. “I have decided to promote General Suthida Vajiralongkorn Na Ayudhya, my consort, to Queen Suthida. She will bear the royal title as part of the royal family. “
Queen Suthida has long been the king’s partner and they have long been seen in public together, but their relationship has never been confirmed. The king has been married and divorced three times in the past and has seven children.
Many western commenters thought the ceremony was a bit awkward as the queen could be seen crawling towards her new husband as he poured holy water over her.