Thailand has new Queen
His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun has issued a Royal Command declaring General Suthida Vajiralongkorn na Ayudhya to be Queen of Thailand, effective as of May 1st.
According to the Royal Gazette, HM the King has married General Suthida Vajiralongkorn na Ayudhya “legally and in accordance with Royal tradition.”
The new Queen is regarded as a member of the Royal Family, it said.
Historic moment – the Royal marriage
The Royal marriage, between His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun and General Suthida Vajiralongkorn na Ayudhya, took place at the auspicious time of 4.32 pm on Wednesday May 1st at the Amphornsathan Throne Hall in Dusit Palace.
In accordance with Royal tradition, a palace official read an announcement naming General Suthida as the Queen. Her Majesty then presented a cone-shaped krathong of flowers, candles and incense to HM the King.
HM the King then bestowed, on the new Queen, Royal water from a sea conch and a Matoom leaf, which was placed above her ear, anointed her forehead and bestowed her with the Royal decorations of the highest order of his reign.
Dusit chief district officer then presented a marriage register to be signed by the Royal couple, with Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and Privy Council president General Prem Tinsulanonda signing as witnesses.
The marriage register was later presented by Interior Minister Anupong Paochinda to the newly-wed Royal couple.
HM the Queen, who will be known as Queen Suthida, was born on June 3rd 1978 as a commoner. She completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at the faculty of mass communications at Assumption University in Bangkok and then worked as a flight attendant for Thai Airways International before she began military service as a member of the Royal security, where she remained until in 2013.