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Thai King Strips Royal Consort of Titles

BANGKOK – Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn has removed royal and military titles from his noble consort Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi, the Royal Gazette announced Monday.

According to the announcement in the official government journal, Sineenat was stripped of the title Chao Khun Phra due to “disloyalty” and for disrespecting Queen Suthida.

“Chao Khun Phra Sineenat was not grateful and did not act in accordance with her royal title. She was not satisfied with the title given and was trying to act as an equal of Her Royal Highness,” the statement said.

She had also disobeyed orders, according to the announcement.

Sineenat, a former army nurse, was named noble consort in July, a title that had lain dormant in Thailand for almost 100 years.

Previous Thai kings have been polygamous but the practice had been largely left behind in the 20th century and was legally abolished in 1935.

At the end of August this year, Sineenat, 34, appeared in a series of photographs released by the Royal Household showing her with the king as well as flying aircraft and posing in military garb.

Along with becoming the royal consort, Sineenat was promoted to general.

Two months before her appointment, Vajiralongkorn married the current Queen Suthida, a former flight attendant who had also been part of the special royal security corps. The wedding came just three days after the king’s coronation.

Vajiralongkorn, known for spending long periods in Germany and for his fondness for flying airplanes, has seven children from his three former partners and, in addition to being head of state since the death of his father, the revered Bhumibhol Adulyadej, in 2016, he serves as a protector of Buddhism, the majority religion in the country.

Thailand has one of the toughest lèse-majesté of the world, which precludes any public debate about the decisions of the monarch, although the use of that law has decreased greatly since Vajiralongkorn ascended the throne.

 

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