Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 18 November 2019

Thai king dismisses consort for undermining the queen

Sineenatra Wongvajirabhakdi was announced as consort three months ago

Thailand’s king has stripped his royal noble consort of her titles and military ranks for disloyalty, accusing her of seeking to undermine the position of his official wife for her own benefit.

Sixty-seven-year-old King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s royal command issued Monday came just three months after he granted 34-year-old Sineenatra Wongvajirabhakdi the consort title, reviving an old palace tradition of taking a junior wife.

The royal palace then released a selection of images of the former army nurse, showing her firing a weapon, piloting a plane, and preparing to parachute from a plane.

Ms Sineenatra had her title of Chao Khun Phra Sineenatra Bilasakalayani withdrawn, along with other royal and military titles and decorations.

In May, the king named longtime companion Suthida Vajiralongkorn Na Ayudhya his queen when they were married a few days before his formal coronation. Both the 41-year-old Suthida and Sineenatra have served as senior officers in palace security units.

Vajiralongkorn had three previous marriages.

Thailand's Queen Suthida. AFP
Thailand's Queen Suthida. AFP

Updated: October 21, 2019 06:57 PM

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