Thailand

BREAKING: Thailand’s King strips his consort of her titles for disloyalty

King Rama X of Thailand
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King Vajiralongkorn of Thailand has stripped his royal consort of her titles and military ranks for disloyalty.

Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi has been rescinded of all her titles according to Thailand’s royal palace – just a few months after her high-profile appointment.

The former consort allegedly opposed the King installing his wife, Suthida, as Queen, stating that it should have been her instead.

According to the Royal Place, Sineenat “did not understand Royal Palace’s custom and traditions, showed disobedience to the King and Queen, and exploited her title by giving commands and claiming the king had told her to do so on his behalf.”

King Maha Vajiralongkorn surprised many when he married General Suthida Vajiralongkorn “legally and in accordance with Royal tradition” in May. A royal command was issued declaring General Suthida Vajiralongkorn na Ayudhya to be Queen of Thailand from 1 May 2019.

As Sineenat was unhappy with Suthida being appointed Queen, The King bestowed his consort the title of Royal Noble Consort.

This was the first this title has been bestowed since Thailand ceased to have an absolute monarchy. 

Sineenat was bestowed the title while the King anointed her with ceremonial water. His wife Queen Suthida sat next to him as he did so.

In addition to her new title, she also received the following decorations: The Most Illustrious Order of Chula Chom Klao, 1st Class; The Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant, Special Class; The Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand, Special Class; and Rattanaporn Medal, First Class.

Monday’s statement from the Palace, however, means all the above titles have been rescinded.