But only months later he elevated his favourite concubine, a former nurse, to the status of ‘royal noble consort’, the first woman to hold this title since Thailand became a constitutional monarchy in 1932. After the death of King Bhumibol, political activity was paused during a … 09:34 EST 01 May 2019 It was a shocking turnaround for a country where people are taught from birth to worship the monarch, plaster homes and public buildings with his image, celebrate Father’s Day on his birthday and leap to their feet for the national anthem. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said the office of King Vajiralongkorn had asked for several changes to clauses related to royal power in the draft constitution, a rare intervention by a reigning Thai monarch. Forgot account? Nine months after his daughter was born, the prince had a son with actress Yuvadhida Polpraserth, with whom he went on to have a total of five children and a tumultuous relationship. The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. It was with his third wife, Srirasmi Suwadee, a former waitress who had been in his service since 1992, that he bought Foo Foo, the white toy poodle that in 2007 — and by then elevated to Air Chief Marshal — was an official guest at a reception held by the U.S. Thai King Allegedly Ruling His Nation From German Ski Resort The Daily Beast 14:23 16-Dec-20 As Protesters Challenge Monarchy, Thai King Adopts More Approachable Image VICE News 10:53 16-Dec-20 Thai King says he feels 'sad' on some days just like … Thousands of yellow-clad supporters greeted Thailand's king in Bangkok on Saturday as he led a birthday commemoration for his revered late father. or. And there is his bizarre obsession with his late poodle Foo Foo, whom he liked to dress in full Royal Thai Air Force regalia, including ‘paw mitts’, and seat at official dinners. Not Now. His military career was interrupted in 1978 so he could be ordained for a season as a Buddhist monk, as is customary for all Thai Buddhist men. See more of Daily Mail on Facebook. Dozens hurled abuse at Maha’s white Rolls-Royce and a state of emergency was declared. Media/News Company. There are many reasons why King Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand may not inspire unwavering respect from his 70 million subjects. ‘I am not afraid if the criticism concerns what I do wrong ... the king can do wrong.’. We are no longer accepting comments on this article. Danyal Hussain For Mailonline Then there is his messy love life — the 68-year-old is on his fourth wife, whose company he shares with his official concubine, recently back in favour after a brief and brutal hiatus.Â. Email or Phone: Password: Forgot account? (Dec. 5) The pecking order at home was all too clear. A father-of-seven, he has three failed marriages, a love of fast jets and a reputation for having an explosive temper. See more of Daily Mail on Facebook. Related Pages. Daily Mail. 15:16 EST 01 May 2019. During an attempted coup in Thailand in 2014, a film was published online of his third wife dressed in nothing but a black G-string while she sang happy birthday to the royal couple's beloved pet poodle, Fufu. Related Pages. It was the latest open defiance of the king by protesters, who … So Maha left for home — no doubt in his personalised Boeing 737 — and is now ensconced in one of the Thai royal family’s many palaces, as increasingly outspoken and violent demonstrations take place in the streets. and Accessibility Help. Despite holding a number of military titles, including Knight of the Ancient and Auspicious Order of the Nine Gems, the prince admitted to an interviewer he was unable to tie his own shoe laces aged 12 because courtiers had always done it for him. Dissenters now risk being ‘disappeared’ altogether. Create New Account. or. Afp Create New Account. To begin with, there is his penchant for wearing teeny-weeny crop tops, very low-slung jeans and enormous fake tattoos. The Royal Thai Navy’s 1st Antiaircraft Artillery Regiment erected a statue of King Taksin the Great as another memorial to the king who liberated Siam from Burmese occupation. Thailand’s elites have long loathed Maha’s violent mood swings, odd fetishes and the scandals in which he became mired. What a time to be alive. BANGKOK: Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s praise for a man who held up a royal portrait at a protest site in Bangkok has drawn controversy in … and Sign Up. The Thai King made his first public comments on the pro-democracy demonstrations that have gripped the country for more than four months in an … Create New Account. Until now. It is the first time that a Thai king has effectively practised polygamy since the end of the absolute monarchy in 1932 and amounts to official recognition of rumours about his womanising. Forgot account? Thai anti-government protesters challenged on Sunday King Maha Vajiralongkorn's personal control over some army units to condemn the military's role in politics. “The king’s behavior during the coronavirus crisis has been a disaster for the reputation of the Thai monarchy,” explained activist Andrew MacGregor Marshall. But none of that held him back with the ladies. The king has not made any … Maha also regularly insists that courtiers crawl on their knees towards him, orders anyone out of his favour to have their head shaved, and once made a wife eat out of Foo Foo’s dog bowl while she was semi-naked.Â, A Royal Household Bureau handout photo shows Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun wearing a crown during the coronation ceremony at the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand, 04 May 2019, In this photo released by Bureau of the Royal Household, Thailand's King Bodindradebayavarangkun, right, presents a gift to Queen Suthida Vajiralongkorn Na Ayudhya at Ampornsan Throne Hall in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, May 1, 2019, There are many reasons why King Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand may not inspire unwavering respect from his 70 million subjects. Many others have disappeared. or. At one point during the band’s second number, he jumped up onto the head table and began lapping from the guests’ water glasses, including my own.’. What is wrong with you people?' Create New Account. BBC News. Bhumibol may have been the richest monarch in the world, with a lifestyle to match, but his people believed he was a good man and respected him all the more when, in 2005, he accepted that even he was not perfect. BANGKOK, Nov 29 — Thai anti-government protesters challenged today King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s personal control over some army units to condemn the military’s role in politics. Alas, that didn’t work out either and when, two years later, she fled to the UK, he disowned four of their five children and stopped paying their school fees. Under the rule of Maha’s late father King Bhumibol, who reigned from 1946 until his death in 2016, this was easier to swallow. She 'legally married' the King in accordance with royal traditions, an announcement in the Royal Gazette said, with a statement from the royal family explaining that the King had decided to promote General Suthida Vajiralongkorn Na Aydhaya, his royal consort, to become Queen Suthida'.Â, According to CNN, the statement added that 'she will hold royal title and status as part of the royal family'.Â, It was also explained that the monarch had 'performed a royal wedding ceremony with General Suthida Vajiralongkorn Na Aydhaya in accordance to law and royal traditions in a full and righteous manner', which explains why the bride had to lay at her husband's feet.Â. In 2009, former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra spoke of his doubts about the then-Prince's suitability for the role of king. Â, In 2007, footage published online showed the king throwing a party for his pet poodle - who held the rank of Air Chief Marshall - at the Royal Palace in Bangkok.Â, Princess Srirasmi, who sang happy birthday to the dog topless, also got on her knees and ate from a dog bowl in the same video.Â, The relationship between the King and his new Queen has been compared to the famous musical The King and I.Â, The play follows strong-willed, widowed schoolteacher Anna Leonowens, who arrives in Bangkok at the request of the King of Siam to tutor his children.Â. Not Now. Maha’s fourth wife, former air stewardess Suthida Tidjai, tied the knot with him in 2019. He married his first wife in 1977, a cousin, Princess Soamsavali Kitiyakara, with whom he has a daughter, Princess Bajrakitiyabha in 1978. Create New Account. CNN. See more of Daily Mail on Facebook. But never at home. Thailand News daily courtesy of The Thaiger featuring articles and breaking news in Thailand from local reporters, plus videos and more. , updated The King of Thailand travelled 12,000 miles to a party during the coronavirus lockdown after booking out an entire hotel with 20 girlfriends.. King Maha Vajiralongkorn – also known as Rama X – left the hotel in Germany to pick up his wife Queen Suthida in … Thai king frees jailed concubine to join ‘sex soldier’ harem amid pandemic ... Daily Mail. A pro-democracy protester shout slogans against riot police during an anti-government demonstration in Bangkok, Thailand on October 16, 2020. During the ceremony, once the royal couple is seated, the bride is able to sit alongside her husband - as Queen Suthida is shown doing in images from the wedding.Â, However others taking part in the wedding must continue to lay before the King, as one member of the royal court is seen doing while the queen signed her marriage license. Â, Long seen trailing the King in public events as part of his personal security retinue, Suthida was given the rank of 'general' in 2017.Â, The unpredictable royal is due to be crowned the 10th monarch of the Chakri dynasty in an elaborate three-day ceremony starting Saturday.Â. Even his mother likened him to Don Juan. 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Harsh lese-majeste laws have shielded public scrutiny of his colourful private life, and all media in Thailand must self-censor. BANGKOK, Nov 26 — Thousands of Thai protesters called on King Maha Vajiralongkorn yesterday to cede control of a royal fortune valued in the tens of billions of dollars, as the latest in months of anti-government demonstrations focused squarely on the monarchy. Sign Up. Because a groundswell of unrest is surging in Thailand, where the vital tourism industry has been hammered by Covid. 'Long live the King' dailymail.co.uk | By Daily Mail Celebrity Chadwick Boseman hailed by Marvel with Black Panther tribute on day he would have turned 44 The crown prince has spent much of his time away from the public eye, but in recent years he has stepped in at some official ceremonies as his father's health declined. Thailand's king Maha Vajiralongkorn led a candlelight vigil for his late father at Bangkok's Sanam Luang ceremonial ground. God Bless You. Press alt + / to open this menu. After graduating he started a career in the military training with US, British and Australian armed forces. When Foo Foo passed away in 2015, Maha gave the dog a lavish four-day funeral. In a leaked document, Mr Boyce said: ‘Foo Foo was present at the event, dressed in formal evening attire complete with paw mitts. Now, with crowds baying in the streets, King Maha might do well to step back and reconsider his golden furniture, lackeys and harem. Log In. In 2007, footage published online showed the couple throwing a party for his pet poodle - who held the rank of Air Chief Marshall - at the Royal Palace in Bangkok. They also had to compete with his extensive harem, most of whom were recruited from military units and organised into their own regiment. King Maha Vajiralongkorn, 68, has spent much of … Clashes break out between Thai riot officers and demonstrators in downtown Bangkok during a second day of protests on 15 October. Because in Thailand the laws of lèse-majesté (offending the dignity of a reigning monarch) ensure the royal family is held above criticism, let alone mockery. Facebook. As an adolescent he studied at two public schools in Britain, including King's Mead School, Seaford, Sussex, and then at Millfield School, Somerset. Log In. 'I f**king quit! See more of Daily Mail on Facebook. Related Pages. Because while technically, Thailand (like Britain) is a constitutional monarchy, in practice ancient structures still exist. 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When Maha finally returned home last week, he was greeted by more than 10,000 protesters, who marched through Bangkok demanding a new constitution. Thai snake wrestlers captured an angry and injured King Cobra that had climbed a … Log In. Long live the king ... Email or Phone: Password: Forgot account? Princess Srirasmi, a former waitress, who sang happy birthday to the dog topless, also got on her knees and ate from a dog bowl in the same video. Vajiralongkorn, who has been married three times, has spent much of his time in Germany. What with all that going on, and somehow finding time to indulge his passion for mountain-biking and driving fast cars, perhaps it’s little wonder that, when his father died, Maha asked for ‘time to mourn his loss with the people’ before finally taking up the reins in 2019 with a three-day, £23 million coronation involving a gold crown weighing over 15lb. Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn has married his long-term consort and given her the title Queen Suthida just days before his coronation, in a surprise move. In late 2014, Srirasmi suffered a very public fall from grace when several members of her family were arrested as part of a police corruption probe and charged with lese majeste (treason). ', However, in a shock move he requested to delay his coronation and ascension to the throne for a year to mourn the passing of his father.Â, By BBC News. Thai king 'releases his concubine from jail and flies her to Germany to join his harem' a year after she was stripped of royal titles. ‘I must also be criticised,’ he said. BBC News. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. Vajiralongkorn later divorced her and she lost her royal titles . According to royal tradition in Thailand, the ruling monarch is seen as god-like and semi-divine, and is revered as such among his subjects. Thai junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha announced that the Crown Prince would ascend the throne with tthe statement: 'The government will inform the National Legislative Assembly that His Majesty the King appointed his heir on Dec. 28, 1972. The protesters have broken a longstanding taboo by criticising the king, and police summoned many of the best-known protest … Photos show Suthida Vajiralongkorn na Ayudhya, a former Thai Airways flight attendant, laying on the floor as she was given a gift by the king during the marriage ceremony. or. BANGKOK, Oct 24 ― Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn's praise for a man who held up a royal portrait at a protest site in Bangkok has drawn controversy in Thailand, winning acclaim from monarchists and scorn from protesters. No wonder the Thai people are rebelling against him, writes JANE FRYER By Jane Fryer for the Daily Mail Published: 17:01 EST, 21 October 2020 | Updated: 23:22 EST, 21 October 2020 Play it now. The comments below have been moderated in advance. Article 112 of the country's criminal code dictates that anyone found guilty of this crime can be punished with between three and 15 years of jail time. It comes as the monarchy faces challenges from student-led protests. Log In. Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn greets supporters as he walks to participate in a candle lighting ceremony to mark the anniversary of the birth of late King Bhumibol ... Free daily … King Maha was born on July 24, 1952 in Bangkok's Royal Dusit Palace, the 64-year-old is the only son and male heir of King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit. Jump to. Forgot account? The private life of the Thai king raised eyebrows last year as scenes emerged of him ordering his mistress, Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi, to grovel at his feet – while his wife, Queen Suthida Tidjai, was at his side – in a bizarre ceremony that shocked many, and … Danyal Hussain For Mailonline, Netflix to make a film about the Thai cave rescue of the Wild Boars football team as it teams up with Crazy Rich Asians creators for the production, Tribal women show off the heavy brass rings worn from the age of five to give them longer necks as part of Myanmar tradition, Police officer in Portsmouth tasers man standing in a doorway, Matt Hancock: The new strain of Covid-19 is out of control, Inside the luxurious mansion with revolving underground carpark, Emmanuel Macron gives update after his coronavirus diagnosis, Huge 20-mile queue of stationary trucks up the motorway from Dover, Starmer: 'Millions of family to be heartbroken' after Tier 4 news, 'Brush your hair, Boris!' Since he took the throne four years ago, Maha has steadily amassed power, taking personal control of crown property and all royal funds, assuming direct command of troops, meddling in the supposedly democratic process of government and even amending Thailand’s constitution to allow him to rule from abroad. Thai king announces his marriage ahead of coronation - CNN. Oh, and he has disowned at least four of his children, refusing to pay their school fees, despite sitting on a £30 billion fortune. In recent years, the UN has called on Thailand to amend its draconian lèse-majesté laws, but to little effect. It was not immediately clear what role Queen Suthida will play in the ceremony.Â, Thailand's new king is well known for his eccentricity.Â, In 2016, he was spotted wearing a tight, white crop top, his body adorned with temporary tattoos and holding a white fluffy poodle, while standing next to his consort.Â. See more of Daily Mail on Facebook. Daily Mail. A pro-democracy protester wears chains and make-up during a demonstration at a road intersection in Bangkok on October 15Â. Media/News Company. Sineenat, 34, was punished for trying to elevate herself to "the same state as the queen". Or he could risk losing his crown altogether. Romantic feelings later blossom between the King and tutor. Thank you for using your gift to bring light to this world.' Log In. A hooded cobra about four meters long rears up as rescue workers try to capture it. That has never been a sentiment embraced by his only son. Media/News Company. Thailand's lese majeste laws also make it illegal to defame, threaten, or even insult 'the king, the queen, the heir-apparent or the regent'. They are worshipped and idolised: saying one word against the king, queen, heir apparent or regent — or even their pets — has traditionally led to 15 years in prison. There, the monarchy have godlike status. Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn has married his long-term consort and given her the title Queen Suthida just days before his coronation, in a surprise move. The king is in the house! They divorced in 1993. Log In. Forgot account? Just this summer, a young man who wore a T-shirt with an anti-royal message was sent to a secure psychiatric unit. At school — he was educated at King’s Mead School in East Sussex and later boarded at Millfield in Somerset — he was a tubby bully, reportedly not liked and so spoilt that at the age of 12, he still couldn’t tie his own shoelaces because courtiers always did it for him. In 2017, a man was sentenced to 35 years in jail for posting critical comments online about the Thai royal family. or. Published: 17:01 EST, 21 October 2020 | Updated: 23:22 EST, 21 October 2020. We are no longer accepting comments on this article. Not Now. Today at 12:00 AM. Sky News. In 2009, leaked images of Foo Foo’s birthday celebrations showed Maha’s wife Suwadee crouched on the floor, in little more than a G-string, apparently eating dog food as the king looked on (she was later stripped of her titles and family members were imprisoned). Three years later his relationship broke down with Ms Polpraserth as she fled to the UK in 1996, after a spectacular bust up. The crown prince has spent much of his time away from the public eye, living overseas in Germany, but in recent years he has stepped in at some official ceremonies as his father's health declined. See more of Daily Mail on Facebook. media caption In July Sineenat knelt in front of the Thai king and was anointed as his royal consort. He also qualified as a a fixed wing helicopter pilot in the late 1970s in the Royal Thai Army. The latest breaking news, comment and features from The Independent. Thai royal traditions dictate that the ruling king is to be regarded as god-like and semi-divine, and as a result, he must sit higher than everyone else, to the point that, during official ceremonies and speeches, his feet should be elevated above everyone else's heads. Ambassador, Ralph Boyce. Create New Account. This weekend's coronation will be the first since Vajiralongkorn's late father's nearly 70 years ago. ... 'Happy Birthday King. King Bling’s ostentation is matched only by the aggression with which he pursues anyone who criticises him. Even Facebook was forced to shut down a group with a million members that had been set up to discuss the monarchy — but the internet giant has since sued the Thai government, calling the move a contravention of international human rights law. By As a result, the King must always be seated higher than everyone else, and during official ceremonies, events, and speeches, the monarch's feet are supposed to be above the heads of those around him.Â, Tradition also dictates that guests at the Thai Royal Palace are required to approach the King and Queen crawling on their hands and knees; this custom was even observed while King Maha Vajiralongkorn's father, the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, sat on the throne, despite the fact that he was known to his people as a kind and humble ruler.Â, It is therefore viewed as a sign of great respect for the bride to lie at the feet of the King, before being invited to sit by his side during the marriage ceremony, when she was given the official title of Queen Suthida. Â, Moving forward, it will likely be expected that other members of the royal court, as well as visiting guests, will approach the royal couple in a similar manner, as one aide was seen doing during the wedding ceremony, lying before the King and his Queen while the bride signed the marriage license.Â. Marks first time a Thai king has publicly had more than one partner since an absolute monarch ruled in 1932 ... Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group. Thai pro-democracy activists hold fourth day of protests in... Water cannons 'filled with irritant chemicals' are used to... Farm Heroes Saga, the #4 Game on iTunes. In August 2015 he led key figures of the current junta and thousands of others in a mass bike ride through Bangkok, a rare high-profile appearance. In 2001 he wed his third wife Srirasmi Suwadee, describing her as a 'modest and patient' woman who 'never says bad things towards anyone' and like his previous relationships there were to be a number of controversies in their time together.Â. See more of Daily Mail on Facebook. All of which has made him an international laughing stock: Prince ‘Bling Bling’, the bully playboy. Life can’t have been easy for any of Maha’s wives, especially given his desire to base himself increasingly in Bavaria, where he sent one of his sons to school. Maha, who had spent much of this year holed up in splendour with a vast entourage (including 20 ‘military-themed’ concubines) in a luxury hotel in Bavaria, Germany, found his European welcome cooling when the German government decided they could no longer continue to host him on their democratic soil. Media/News Company. Thousands of Thai protesters called on King Maha Vajiralongkorn on Wednesday to cede control of a royal fortune valued in the tens of billions of dollars, as the latest in months of anti-government demonstrations focused squarely on the monarchy. Sections of this page. After, he embarked on a military career, training in Australia.Â, In 1976, he graduated as a newly commissioned lieutenant with a liberal arts bachelors degree from the University of New South Wales.Â. 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