Sign Up. According to royal tradition in Thailand, the ruling monarch is seen as god-like and semi-divine, and is revered as such among his subjects. Forgot account? See more of Daily Mail on Facebook. Vajiralongkorn, who has been married three times, has spent much of his time in Germany. Email or Phone: Password: Forgot account? Not Now. There are many reasons why King Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand may not inspire unwavering respect from his 70 million subjects. 'Long live the King' dailymail.co.uk | By Daily Mail Celebrity Chadwick Boseman hailed by Marvel with Black Panther tribute on day he would have turned 44 Sky News. We are no longer accepting comments on this article. Not Now. Many others have disappeared. Create New Account. Thousands of Thai protesters called on King Maha Vajiralongkorn on Wednesday to cede control of a royal fortune valued in the tens of billions of dollars, as the latest in months of anti-government demonstrations focused squarely on the monarchy. What a time to be alive. In late 2014, Srirasmi suffered a very public fall from grace when several members of her family were arrested as part of a police corruption probe and charged with lese majeste (treason). After, he embarked on a military career, training in Australia.Â, In 1976, he graduated as a newly commissioned lieutenant with a liberal arts bachelors degree from the University of New South Wales.Â. At school — he was educated at King’s Mead School in East Sussex and later boarded at Millfield in Somerset — he was a tubby bully, reportedly not liked and so spoilt that at the age of 12, he still couldn’t tie his own shoelaces because courtiers always did it for him. or. Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn has married his long-term consort and given her the title Queen Suthida just days before his coronation, in a surprise move. Thousands of yellow-clad supporters greeted Thailand's king in Bangkok on Saturday as he led a birthday commemoration for his revered late father. Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn has married his long-term consort and given her the title Queen Suthida just days before his coronation, in a surprise move. Create New Account. Press alt + / to open this menu. Romantic feelings later blossom between the King and tutor. Thailand’s elites have long loathed Maha’s violent mood swings, odd fetishes and the scandals in which he became mired. She 'legally married' the King in accordance with royal traditions, an announcement in the Royal Gazette said, with a statement from the royal family explaining that the King had decided to promote General Suthida Vajiralongkorn Na Aydhaya, his royal consort, to become Queen Suthida'.Â, According to CNN, the statement added that 'she will hold royal title and status as part of the royal family'.Â, It was also explained that the monarch had 'performed a royal wedding ceremony with General Suthida Vajiralongkorn Na Aydhaya in accordance to law and royal traditions in a full and righteous manner', which explains why the bride had to lay at her husband's feet.Â. In 1977, after attending military school in Australia, he wed his cousin, Princess Soamsawali Kitiyakara, with whom he had a daughter. It was not immediately clear what role Queen Suthida will play in the ceremony.Â, Thailand's new king is well known for his eccentricity.Â, In 2016, he was spotted wearing a tight, white crop top, his body adorned with temporary tattoos and holding a white fluffy poodle, while standing next to his consort.Â. Related Pages. A father-of-seven, he has three failed marriages, a love of fast jets and a reputation for having an explosive temper. Vajiralongkorn later divorced her and she lost her royal titles . He also qualified as a a fixed wing helicopter pilot in the late 1970s in the Royal Thai Army. Create New Account. See more of Daily Mail on Facebook. All of which has made him an international laughing stock: Prince ‘Bling Bling’, the bully playboy. Oh, and he has disowned at least four of his children, refusing to pay their school fees, despite sitting on a £30 billion fortune. Jump to. During an attempted coup in Thailand in 2014, a film was published online of his third wife dressed in nothing but a black G-string while she sang happy birthday to the royal couple's beloved pet poodle, Fufu. Create New Account. This is the Alpine hotel where the King of Thailand is said to be spending the lockdown - accompanied by a harem of 20 concubines with military ranks.. King Maha Vajiralongkorn, 67, is … In 2001 he wed his third wife Srirasmi Suwadee, describing her as a 'modest and patient' woman who 'never says bad things towards anyone' and like his previous relationships there were to be a number of controversies in their time together.Â. So Maha left for home — no doubt in his personalised Boeing 737 — and is now ensconced in one of the Thai royal family’s many palaces, as increasingly outspoken and violent demonstrations take place in the streets. Create New Account. Media/News Company. A pro-democracy protester wears chains and make-up during a demonstration at a road intersection in Bangkok on October 15Â. The comments below have been moderated in advance. ‘I am not afraid if the criticism concerns what I do wrong ... the king can do wrong.’. BBC News. The crown prince has spent much of his time away from the public eye, but in recent years he has stepped in at some official ceremonies as his father's health declined. Log In. and Ambassador, Ralph Boyce. Log In. As a result, the King must always be seated higher than everyone else, and during official ceremonies, events, and speeches, the monarch's feet are supposed to be above the heads of those around him.Â, Tradition also dictates that guests at the Thai Royal Palace are required to approach the King and Queen crawling on their hands and knees; this custom was even observed while King Maha Vajiralongkorn's father, the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, sat on the throne, despite the fact that he was known to his people as a kind and humble ruler.Â, It is therefore viewed as a sign of great respect for the bride to lie at the feet of the King, before being invited to sit by his side during the marriage ceremony, when she was given the official title of Queen Suthida. Â, Moving forward, it will likely be expected that other members of the royal court, as well as visiting guests, will approach the royal couple in a similar manner, as one aide was seen doing during the wedding ceremony, lying before the King and his Queen while the bride signed the marriage license.Â. 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