The King of Thailand Just Married His Bodyguard Ahead of His Coronation

This screengrab from Thai TV Pool video taken on May 1, 2019 shows a ceremony in which Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn (L) "legally married" Suthida Vajiralongkorn na Ayudhya in Bangkok. - Thailand announced on May 1, 2019 that King Maha Vajiralongkorn's long-time consort had become his fourth wife, bestowed with the title Queen Suthida -- a surprise move just days before his coronation. (Photo by Thai TV Pool / THAI TV POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read THAI TV POOL/AFP/Getty Images)

On Global Love Day, the King of Thailand decided to marry his bodyguard and officially make her his queen.

King Maha Vajiralongkorn, 66, married the deputy head of his personal guard force on Wednesday, May 1, furthermore bestowing a royal title upon his new spouse, Queen Suthida. In an official royal statement, the palace explained how the king “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.”

Their relationship, prior to Wednesday’s ceremony, has never been publicly confirmed—though it was long speculated by the public. The couple’s footage showed the couple partaking in a Thai cultural royal tradition with the king pouring water on his bride’s head. The bride and groom then signed an official registry (not the type where you can select all the products you want to fill in your new home) and formally stepped out Thursday.

Other royal family members and royal court members attended the wedding ceremony, which was streamed on television channels in Thailand Wednesday evening.

King Vajiralongkorn’s working relationship with Suthida Tidjai goes back to at least 2014, when he made the former flight attendant part of his bodyguard team. Two years later, he made Tidjai a general in the army.

The king (who goes by King Rama X) made his marriage official right before his coronation. His late father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, passed away in October 2016, following a 70-year reign.

This will be the fourth marriage for the new king.

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