The Thai Royal Household Bureau has released a biography and images of King Maha Vajiralongkorn (or Rama X)’s concubine, Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi, 34, who is formally known as the Royal Consort “Chao Khun Phra”.
She is the first royal concubine of a Thai monarch in close to a century, and the Royal Household took the unusual step to release candid photos of her to the public. There was such an interest in the photos and information that the Royal Household Bureau’s website crashed, and as of writing this article, it was still down.
The Bureau announced that the King had “ordered the creation of a royal biography” for his consort enabling the Thai people to learn a little more about the relatively unknown woman.
These new, dozens of images, which are undated, shows the 34-year-old in military uniform firing guns, piloting a plane, and getting ready to parachute. There are also formal images alongside the King. All of the photos can be seen here.
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 of this year – just two months after he married his Queen, Suthida.
King Rama X was crowned in an elaborate ceremony in Bangkok on Saturday, 4 May after ascending the throne upon the death of his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej (or Rama IX) in 2016.
All images via the Thai Public Relations Department/Royal Household Bureau