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Fall of a royal consort and the Thai king's assertive reign

Oct 22, 2019 - 3:34 PM

It is not the first time King Maha Vajiralongkorn has made his powerful presence felt since ascending the throne in 2016. Here are 5 ways royal power has been displayed under Thailand's new king so far.

In this file undated handout from Thailand's Royal Office received on August 26, 2019, Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn walks with royal noble consort Sineenat Bilaskalayani, also known as Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi. Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn has stripped his 34-year-old consort of all titles, the palace announced October 21, a shock move less than three months after she was bestowed with a position that had not been used for nearly a century. Handout / THAILAND'S ROYAL OFFICE / AFP AFP

Thai king strips 'disloyal' royal consort of all titles – palace

Oct 21, 2019 - 10:17 PM

Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi is dismissed from the rank of Chao Khun Phra – or noble consort – for 'disloyalty to the king' and 'acting against the appointment of the Queen (Suthida)...for her own ambitions'

'DISLOYAL.' In this file undated handout from Thailand's Royal Office received on August 26, 2019, Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn stands with royal noble consort Sineenat Bilaskalayani, also known as Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi. AFP PHOTO / THAILAND'S ROYAL OFFICE