Thailand's king marries bodyguard in surprise wedding

Thailand's king marries bodyguard in surprise wedding

A member of Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorns’ security personnel has undergone an amazing change in fortune after she was converted into a queen days before the King’s official coronation.

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King Maha married the deputy head of his security personnel, Suthida Tidjai, three days before his coronation in a wedding that was aired on a Thai national television station.

66-year-old Vajiralongkorn, also known by the title King Rama X, became the constitutional monarch following the death of his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, in 2016.

Adulyadej had previously ruled for 70 years before his death, making him the longest-serving monarch in the world at the time of his death

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A royal statement has since been issued on the new union confirming that Tidjai had officially been crowned as queen.

"(King Maha Vajiralongkorns) 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 statement read.

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The King has previously been married and divorced three times in matrimonies that have produced seven children.

Footage of the wedding ceremony showed the king pouring sacred water on Queen Suthida before the couple signed a marriage registry.

For Queen Suthida, hers is a story of from humble beginnings to royalty as she was appointed as a deputy commander of the King's bodyguard unit in 2014.

Prior to that, she served as a flight attendant.

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