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Thailand's king marries his bodyguard

King Maha Vajiralongkorn and his consort General Suthida Vajiralongkorn, named Queen Suthida, during their wedding ceremony in Bangkok. Just days before his official coronation, the king married the deputy head of his personal guard force and gave her the title Queen Suthida.  

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King Maha Vajiralongkorn and his consort General Suthida Vajiralongkorn, named Queen Suthida, during their wedding ceremony in Bangkok. Just days before his official coronation, the king married the deputy head of his personal guard force and gave...more

King Maha Vajiralongkorn and his consort General Suthida Vajiralongkorn, named Queen Suthida, during their wedding ceremony in Bangkok. Just days before his official coronation, the king married the deputy head of his personal guard force and gave her the title Queen Suthida. Thailand Royal Household via REUTERS
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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.    
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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. Thai TV Pool

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. Thai TV Pool
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In 2014, Vajiralongkorn appointed Suthida Tidjai, a former flight attendant for Thai Airways, as a deputy commander of his bodyguard unit.    Thai TV Pool

In 2014, Vajiralongkorn appointed Suthida Tidjai, a former flight attendant for Thai Airways, as a deputy commander of his bodyguard unit. Thai TV Pool

In 2014, Vajiralongkorn appointed Suthida Tidjai, a former flight attendant for Thai Airways, as a deputy commander of his bodyguard unit. Thai TV Pool
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Some royal observers and foreign media had linked Suthida romantically with the king, but the palace had previously never acknowledged a relationship between them.  
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Some royal observers and foreign media had linked Suthida romantically with the king, but the palace had previously never acknowledged a relationship between them. Royal Household via REUTERS

Some royal observers and foreign media had linked Suthida romantically with the king, but the palace had previously never acknowledged a relationship between them. Royal Household via REUTERS
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The king made Suthida a full general in the Royal Thai Army in December 2016, and the deputy commander of the king's personal guard in 2017. He also made her a Thanpuying, a royal title meaning Lady.  
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The king made Suthida a full general in the Royal Thai Army in December 2016, and the deputy commander of the king's personal guard in 2017. He also made her a Thanpuying, a royal title meaning Lady. Royal Household via REUTERS

The king made Suthida a full general in the Royal Thai Army in December 2016, and the deputy commander of the king's personal guard in 2017. He also made her a Thanpuying, a royal title meaning Lady. Royal Household via REUTERS
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Vajiralongkorn has previously been married and divorced three times and has seven children.   
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Vajiralongkorn has previously been married and divorced three times and has seven children. Royal Household via REUTERS

Vajiralongkorn has previously been married and divorced three times and has seven children. Royal Household via REUTERS
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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.     
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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. Royal Household via REUTERS

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. Royal Household via REUTERS
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He is due to be officially crowned in elaborate Buddhist and Brahmin ceremonies on Saturday, followed by a procession through Bangkok the next day.  


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He is due to be officially crowned in elaborate Buddhist and Brahmin ceremonies on Saturday, followed by a procession through Bangkok the next day. Thai TV Pool

He is due to be officially crowned in elaborate Buddhist and Brahmin ceremonies on Saturday, followed by a procession through Bangkok the next day. Thai TV Pool
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King Maha Vajiralongkorn and his consort General Suthida Vajiralongkorn, named Queen Suthida, sign marriage documents during their wedding ceremony in Bangkok.   Thai TV Pool

King Maha Vajiralongkorn and his consort General Suthida Vajiralongkorn, named Queen Suthida, sign marriage documents during their wedding ceremony in Bangkok. Thai TV Pool

King Maha Vajiralongkorn and his consort General Suthida Vajiralongkorn, named Queen Suthida, sign marriage documents during their wedding ceremony in Bangkok. Thai TV Pool
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King Maha Vajiralongkorn and his consort General Suthida Vajiralongkorn, named Queen Suthida, during their wedding ceremony in Bangkok.   Thai TV Pool

King Maha Vajiralongkorn and his consort General Suthida Vajiralongkorn, named Queen Suthida, during their wedding ceremony in Bangkok. Thai TV Pool

King Maha Vajiralongkorn and his consort General Suthida Vajiralongkorn, named Queen Suthida, during their wedding ceremony in Bangkok. Thai TV Pool
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