Tuesday, 19 November, 2019

Thai king strips 'disloyal' royal consort of titles, military ranks

Thai consort stripped of titles for disloyalty to crown Royal Consort Sineenat Stripped of Royal Ranks
Patty Aguilar | 21 October, 2019, 21:00

She was subsequently stripped of all royal ranks, decorations, and military titles; Sineenat previously held an army rank of major-general.

Instead, Sineenat continued to display "ambition" and overstepped her authority by engaging in many royal court activities without His Majesty the King's approval, which caused much confusion to the public, the statement said.

A few days later the palace released images of the short-haired Sineenat in combat fatigues shooting weapons, flying a jet and preparing to parachute from a plane, as well as holding the king's hand.

The 67-year-old king had bestowed on Wongvajirapakdi the title of royal noble consort in July in a ceremony attended by Queen Suthida, whom the king had married just two months earlier.

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.

Vajiralongkorn turned king in 2016 however the formal coronation was delayed till Could this 12 months.

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The announcement of Sineenat being stripped of her titles was published in the royal gazette on Monday.

The palace has already deleted Sineenat's profile and photos from its website.

Vajiralongkorn had three previous marriages.

Sineenat, 34, was the first person to hold the title of Royal Noble Consort in nearly a century. "She is also not content with the title bestowed upon her, doing everything to rise to the level of the queen", the statement said.

"The king gave her a royal consort position, in hopes of relieving the pressure and a problem that could affect the monarchy", the announcement said.

Wongvajirapakdi, a former army nurse, grabbed global attention in August when official photos showed her firing an assault rifle and flying a plane in a crop top.

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