SUPPORT OUR JOURNALISM: Please considering donating to keep our website running and free for all - thank you!

Thailand

King of Thailand reinstates consort after stripping her of position


Royal Household Bureau

Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn (or Rama X) has reinstated his consort nearly a year after stripping her of her position for disloyalty.

Sineenat is once again the Royal Nobel Consort and also holds the titles: 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.

The Royal Gazette announced: “Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi is not tarnished. Therefore, the stripping of royal titles, official position in serving the crown in military capacity and military ranks and the recall of all declarations has never taken place”

The King’s order went into effect on 28 August. She was released from prison last week and rejoined the King in Germany over the weekend.

Royal Household Bureau

In October of last year, King Rama X his royal consort of her titles and military ranks for disloyalty only a few months after being named the Royal Noble Consort.

At the time, the Royal Palace said that 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.”

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

Sineenat is the first consort in nearly a century.

She was born Niramon Aunprom on 28 January 1985 in Nan, Thailand. Her primary education took place at Rajapiyorasa Yupparachanusorn School while her secondary education was at Thawangphapittayakhom School. She attended university at the Royal Thai Army Nursing College graduating with a Bachelor of Nursing Education degree in 2008. Afterwards, she was employed at Ananda Mahidol Hospital.

The Royal Consort is a Major-General in the Thai military and underwent training in the past in jungle warfare, night parachuting and piloting.

Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi, who was named at ‘Dame’ on 30 April 2019, was given the Royal Consort title in July 2019 – just two months after he married his Queen, Suthida.

About author

Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites.