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Thailand King Rama X Marries Queen Suthida

Excerpts from story dating to May-2, 2019 from Jonathan Gatehouse, CBC News 

My Sources: Jonathon Gatehouse · CBC News · Posted: May 02, 2019 & Wikipedia.

 

(pic) Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn, centre, Queen Suthida, right, and his daughter Princess Bajrakitiyabhaarrive arrive at Royal Plaza to pay homage to the Equestrian Statue of King Chulalongkorn in Bangkok on Thursday.

The coronation ceremonies for the 66-year-old king, known as King Rama X, were held from May 4 to 6 in the year 2019.
Maha Vajiralongkorn, officially crowned Thailand’s King, remains something of a mystery man.

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CROWNING CEREMONY OF THAILAND’S KING

People of Thailand knew that they were going to be crowning a new King, but the Queen comes as a bit of a surprise. The announcement of the wedding of King Maha Vajiralongkorn and the woman long-suspected, but never officially confirmed, to be his girlfriend, Suthida Tidjai, came via a proclamation in the royal gazette.

Footage of the ceremony, which has  been broadcast on Thai television, shows her dressed in pink and lying prone at the feet of Vajiralongkorn, who sported a white military uniform.

Tradition dictates that the king, a semi-divine figure, must sit elevated above his subjects during official functions.

(pic) In this photo released by Bureau of the Royal Household, Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn (at right,) presents a gift to Queen Suthida Vajiralongkorn Na Ayudhya, at Ampornsan Throne Hall in Bangkok on Wednesday.

Suthida Vajiralongkorn na Ayudhya, newly named Queen Suthida, prays at the feet of her husband during the ceremony

 

The marriage took place ahead of this weekend's coronation, which will be the first since Vajiralongkorn's late father's nearly 70 years ago

Suthida, a 40-year-old former Thai Airways flight attendant, was throwned alongside her 66-year-old husband during the three days of coronation rituals that began on a Saturday.

She was  known in palace circles since 2014, when Vajiralongkorn appointed her deputy commander of his bodyguard unit, later elevated her rank to General and gave her a royal title.

Queen Suthida  become the fourth wife of the thrice-divorced Vajiralongkorn, who also has seven children from prior relationships.

Vajiralongkorn became the country’s constitutional monarch in the fall of 2016, following the death of his revered father King Bhumibol Adulyadej at age 88, ending a 70-year reign.

The ceremonies during the  weekend officially enthroned Vajiralongkorn as Rama X, the tenth king of the ruling Chakri dynasty. The elaborate festivities that blended Hindu and Buddhist traditions, included a ritual bath and the new king’s anointment with waters collected from more than 100 sources across the country.

Vajiralongkorn wore the 7 kilogram gold-and-diamond crown and paraded through the streets of Bangkok in a formal 6.5 km-long procession before his subjects.

(pic) Participants of King’s Coronation Pageantry rehearsed the water procession for the coronation as they navigated the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok on April 30 before the official ceremonies commenced. (photo )(Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP/Getty Images) —-

The cost of the Royal Wedding & Coronation pageantry, which were broadcast live on all the country’s television stations, is estimated to be in excess of 30 million USD.

Vajiralongkorn, the second of King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit’s four kids and their only son, remains something of a mystery man. He was educated at private schools in the U.K., before attending military college in Australia. He later served as an officer in the Thai military, training as a fighter pilot, and he continues to fly his own 737 jet on his travels.

But his mother once described him as “a bit of a Don Juan.” His former wives were his royal cousin, followed by a young actress, and then one of her ladies-in-waiting; he has been romantically linked to several other women. There have been questions about his gambling and business links to underworld figures. In recent years, he has spent much of his time living in a posh lakeside mansion near Munich, Germany.

King Maha Vajiralongkorn (also known as Rama X) images were everywhere ahead of the coronation- on stamps and currency; his portrait hangs from the side of buildings and decorates every state office, and a short film about his life is screened before every movie shown in theatres.

(pic) A portrait of King Maha Vajiralongkorn displayed near the Thai Royal Palace on Thursday. (Lauren DeCicca/Getty Images)

Under Thailand’s incredibly strict lèse majesté laws, even the mildest criticism of the royal family, can result in a 15-year jail sentence. This has kept his new subjects in the dark about the quirkier aspects of their new king’s personality. Like the time he elevated his now deceased poodle Foo Foo to the rank of Air Marshal.

A royal “Volunteer Spirit” program reportedly boasts four million members — almost six per cent of the country’s population — who dress in imperial yellow and preface their acts of public service, like directing traffic or cleaning streets, by saluting his picture.

Hundreds of thousand people attended the ceremonies on the weekend wearing yellow to show support as Thailand holds its first coronation in nearly seven decades following a mourning period for King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

THE KING OF THAILAND  IS A BALANCING POWER BETWEEN THE MILITARY AND ELECTED OFFICIALS

His personal security unit is being quadrupled to a force of 1,600 hand-picked police. And since the summer of 2018, Vajiralongkorn has had full personal ownership and control of as much as $40 billion USD in crown assets, including major stakes in Thai banks and construction firms. In exchange, the new king has promised to make his business dealings transparent and pay taxes for the first time.

Thai Kings have been officially & constitutionally politically neutral since the end of the country’s absolute monarchy in 1932. But Vajiralongkorn has also shown signs that he might be willing to alter that stance. Last winter, he moved decisively to quash his elder sister’s bid to run as the prime ministerial candidate for a new party linked to Thaksin Shinawatra, the country’s now-exiled former civilian leader.

Thai Princess Ubolratana (Rajakanya) renounced her royal status in 1972 when she married an American she met while studying at M.I.T., but her brother ruled her candidacy “extremely inappropriate,” saying it defied the nation’s traditions and culture.

 

(pic) Thai Princess Ubolratana visits the International Tourism Trade Fair (ITB) in Berlin on March 7. (Soeren Stache/AFP/Getty Images)

Vajiralongkorn has also been forging ties to the military junta that has ruled Thailand since a 2014 coup.

The current prime minister of Thailand, Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, was one of the select few guests during the King’s wedding week.

The official results of the late March election, the first since the military takeover, were delayed until after the Coronation ceremonies. And, it is believed that Vajiralongkorn has been playing a role in diffusing tensions between the impatient opposition and the Military Generals.

Most Thais trust their royal family to guard the national interest. 


KINGDOM  OF  THAILAND  HAS  LINKS  TO  HISTORICAL  MONUMENTS  REPLICATED IN ANCIENT CITY OF SIAM

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Ancient Siam (also known as Ancient City, Thai: เมืองโบราณ, Mueang Boran) is a museum park constructed by Lek Viriyaphant and occupying over 200 acres (0.81 km2) in the shape of Thailand.

Ancient Siam is dubbed as the world’s largest outdoor museum. Close to the Crocodile Farm in Samut Prakan Province, the 320-hectare “city” features 116 structures of Thailand’s famous monuments and architectural attractions.

The grounds of Ancient Siam correspond roughly to the shape of the kingdom, with the monuments lying at their correct places geographically.

Some of the buildings are life-size replicas of existing or former sites, while others are scaled down.


ALL TIME  HIT HOLLYWOOD MOVIE,  THE KING AND  I,  HAS FACINATING STORIES  OF  A  SIAMESE KING

Posting three video clips (view links below) from Youtube from the Hollywood movie, THE KING AND I 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9L_lilJKQQ&list=RDQgVPnWmUqd4&index=5

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vlx6gQWfjp0&list=RDQgVPnWmUqd4&index=6

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgVPnWmUqd4&list=RDQgVPnWmUqd4&start_radio=1&t=0

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Suresh Rao

Mellowed out and enlightened septuagenarian. Tech savvy. Social writing is just a pastime to kill time. I keep contributing to several developmental projects in the area of engineering education, IT and Healthcare projects launched by my kith and kin. I am too lazy to write a book, 'cause I think my life itself is a book! I am also at www.facebook.com/sureshnrao
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Ushasurya
11 months ago

i wonder how it will feel to be a Queen here !! So mny ladies in a palace…but like “I also ran.”
Wonder how this type of Royalty still goes on!
But I do admire the British Royalty with one king and one Queen for him!!

Navneet Bakshi
11 months ago
Reply to  Ushasurya

You admire British Royalty because your favourite writer presents the true picture of them with all the eccentricities and the glory :))

Ushasurya
11 months ago
Reply to  Navneet Bakshi

Yes Navneet Eccentricities are ever there. I have heard that the Duke is racist !! I was referring to Faith in clinging on to monogamy !! They have been hubby and wife for so long !!!

Ushasurya
11 months ago
Reply to  Suresh Rao

How strange it is Suresh!! I wonder how the divorced Queens would have felt !!!

Navneet Bakshi
11 months ago
Reply to  Ushasurya

They feel great 🙂 they get good alimony and freedom to do whatever they want to do with the riches they acquire.

Navneet Bakshi
11 months ago

Very interesting. Thailand has one of the few surviving monarchies and he enjoys it to the hilt. There was some criticism outside Thailand of course that to escape pandemic he had flown to Germany with his harem of undisclosed number of women. There’s a lot of wasteful expenditure on the Pomp and pageantry of these Royals, but despite all the criticism their shows around the world go on and people do enjoy the parade of the celebrities wishing to be one among them. ( There is some repetition of text in the Post)

Navneet Bakshi
11 months ago
Reply to  Suresh Rao

Yes, I agree- It is the money, the family wealth which keeps the army generals do his bidding and he knows it. What is the power that Sonia or the Gandhis hold over the Congress? Keys of the vaults of course. English monarchy may be only for showcasing the past glory but elsewhere it is the one who has the money who calls the shots. This subjugation in people in deference to their Kings has its roots in traditions I think otherwise, I don’t see any relevance in the modern times. Being Don Juan or Lord Byron or Maharaja of Patiala are fables only. Ron Jermeys do much better and I am sure all those sluts ( or what I should I call them) hang on because the rewards for even one night stands are great 🙂

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