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His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn has married his long time long time companion and former flight attendant Suthida Vajiralongkorn na Ayudhya.  The King has declared her Queen Consort, and she is now to be referred to as Queen Suthida.  This is the third marriage for the King.  The new queen has been his constant companion for several years now, and has been a visible part of his personal entourage since he succeeded to the throne.  The King had previously given her the title of general.  The King will be crowned this coming weekend, and it will be seen if the new Queen will feature prominently in the ceremonies.  This is His Majesty's fourth marriage.

 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6980853/Thai-king-marries-long-term-consort-just-days-coronation.html

https://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30368702

http://www.khaosodenglish.com/news/2019/05/01/new-queen-appointed-ahead-of-coronation/

http://royalcentral.co.uk/other/breaking-thailands-new-queen-is-revealed-121040

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In addition to having a new Queen, Thais are feverishly preparing for the coronation that begins on Saturday.

https://www.voanews.com/a/thailand-prepares-for-first-coronation-in-seven-decades/4897168.html

https://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30368685

https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/asia/thailand-rehearses-elaborate-31m-coronation-king.html

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Thanks for the information on tomorrow's coronation of Prince Vajiralongkorn, who is now the 10th king of the Chakri Dynasty. The head of Thailand's Buddhist ecclesiastical hierarchy, the Somdet Phra Sangkharat (equivalent to a primus or patriarch) will apparently preside over religious services at the coronation.

Vajiralongkorn was quite a playboy in his youth. His first wife (also his first cousin), with whom he had a daughter, was a member of the traditional Thai nobility. His second wife, with whom he had 5 children (4 sons, 1 daughter) prior to the marriage, was an actress. She and Vajiralongkorn apparently had a falling-out not long after their marriage, and she took the children and moved to Britain, and later America. The daughter later returned to Thailand and apparently has a place in the royal court, but it seems that the former wife and the four sons remain estranged from Vajiralongkorn. The third wife was a commoner, and with her Vajiralongkorn had one son, who is now the heir to the Thai throne, and who's pictured in some of the articles which Ethiomonarchist posted above. The fourth wife, aged about forty, whom he just now married, is a former airline stewardess whom he apparently met on a flight. She is his longtime consort, and she will be his queen.

It is fortunate that his well-respected father had a long reign, and now that Vajiralongkorn is in his mid-sixties, he will hopefully prove to be an honorable and respectable king. He is pictured in the articles above wearing the white military dress uniform, which seems to be customary for Southeast Asian monarchs. It will be interesting to see if he's crowned in traditional royal Thai garb, or whether he will be wearing the military dress uniform. He would probably be well-advised to reign as a symbol of national pride and unity, advising and guiding the Thai government, perhaps mediating disagreements and arranging compromises between different factions, but hopefully will not concern himself with actual political issues, which would be best left to others.

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Her Majesty Queen Suthida has participated in her first public pageant as Queen Consort, as she and His Majesty the King paid homage to a statue of his ancestor Rama V on the eve on the coronation.

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[2019-05-02T114959Z_1_LYNXNPEF410JV_RTROPTP_0_THAILAND-KING-CORONATION_13]


That guy in the background.

We sure he ain't plotting anything ? : P
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As a traditionalist, it is saddening to see both that the King of Thailand is dressing as a Westerner and that he is following the leveling practice in his choice of mate.  I can understand a man wanting an agreeable companion, but there is much to be said for the need of a queen who is accustomed to high culture and a culture of command, for she will be the mother of the nation.  Of course, Queen Suthida may well be a real gem and just what Thailand needs; however, these sort of betrothals have the odor of the appeal to the masses, for their approval, rather than the king taking on the cosmic and sacral aspect of father and stating with loving authority that things are to be a certain way.
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As a traditionalist, it is saddening to see both that the King of Thailand is dressing as a Westerner and that he is following the leveling practice in his choice of mate.  I can understand a man wanting an agreeable companion, but there is much to be said for the need of a queen who is accustomed to high culture and a culture of command, for she will be the mother of the nation.  Of course, Queen Suthida may well be a real gem and just what Thailand needs; however, these sort of betrothals have the odor of the appeal to the masses, for their approval, rather than the king taking on the cosmic and sacral aspect of father and stating with loving authority that things are to be a certain way.


To be fair she's 40 so the chance of her actually giving the King an heir to supplant his other children is slim, so in that capacity, I'd be okay with that.

And about the dressing as a westerner thing, here is King Prajadhipok, pre 1941

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Thank you for the reply.  Yes, the kings in SE Asia have been accoutering themselves in Western uniforms for some time; the practicality of the Western battlefield uniform is manifest, but it seems natural that when the monarch is representing to other peoples and nations his tribe, his dress should reflect the history and traditions of the people.
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Thank you for the reply.  Yes, the kings in SE Asia have been accoutering themselves in Western uniforms for some time; the practicality of the Western battlefield uniform is manifest, but it seems natural that when the monarch is representing to other peoples and nations his tribe, his dress should reflect the history and traditions of the people.


The Thai crown itself (which was used in Laos and still is used in Cambodia I think) is apparently a very recent addition inspired by Western regalia.
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