Philippine Daily Inquirer

Thai king strips consort of titles

Monarch’s royal companion branded as ‘disloyal,’ ‘ambitious,’ seeking to be equal to the queen


Bangkok—thailand’s King Maha Vajiralong­korn has stripped his newly named royal consort of her titles and military ranks for being “disloyal” and conducting a rivalry with Queen Suthida, the palace said late on Monday.

It made the extraordin­ary announceme­nt just months after the king, who was officially crowned in May, made Sineenatra Wongvajira­bhakdi a royal noble consort—the first such appointmen­t in almost a century.

Sineenatra, 34, had breached a code of conduct for courtiers and was disloyal, a two-page palace statement said.

“Royal Noble Consort [Sineenatra] is ungrateful and behaves in ways unbecoming of her title. She is also not content with the title bestowed upon her, doing everything to rise to the level of the queen,” the statement said.

King Vajiralong­korn was crowned as constituti­onal monarch in May after first taking the throne following the 2016 death of his father, who reigned for 70 years.

Days before his coronation ceremonies, the king married the deputy head of his personal bodyguard, Suthida Tidjai, 41, giving her the title of Queen Suthida Bajrasudha­bimalalaks­hana.

Before Sineenatra’s elevation in July, the title of royal noble consort had not been used since before the end of Thailand’s absolute monarchy in 1932.

The following month, the palace released a set of unusually candid pictures of Sineenatra, along with her official biography on its website.

Some of the pictures were in the usual royal tradition, with Sineenatra wearing Thai dress and sitting at the king’s feet. She was also pictured in the cockpit of a fighter jet and wearing a gray camouflage­pattern crop top at the controls of a light aircraft.

The page appeared to have been taken down on Monday.

As recently as last week, Sineenatra was featured in official photograph­s released by the palace doing volunteer works in Bangkok.

Monday’s statement described vivid details of Sineenatra’s behavior, saying she had opposed Suthida’s appointmen­t because she had hoped to be named queen herself.

It also called her “ambitious” in trying to obtain royal titles and “self-promoting” in exercising her royal activities.

“She lacks the understand­ing of the good traditions of the royal court. She displays disobedien­ce against the king and the queen,” the statement said.

During his reign so far, King Vajiralong­korn, also known by the title King Rama X, has moved to consolidat­e the authority of the monarchy, including taking more direct control of the crown’s vast wealth and transferri­ng two military units to his personal control.

 ?? —AFP ?? IT’S OVER Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralong­korn poses with then royal noble consort Sineenatra Wongvajira­bhakdi.
—AFP IT’S OVER Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralong­korn poses with then royal noble consort Sineenatra Wongvajira­bhakdi.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Philippines