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From bodyguard to Queen, Thailand's Suthida makes public debut

May 02, 2019 - 10:48 PM

Thailand's Queen Suthida is seen kneeling alongside the king as they pay their respects to statues of previous Chakri dynasty monarchs in Bangkok's historic quarter

PUBLIC DEBUT. Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn (L) and Queen Suthida (R) pay their respect at King Rama V monument in Bangkok on May 2, 2019, ahead of the royal coronation which will take place from May 4 to 6. Photo by Dailynews/Pool/AFP

Thai king signs decree approving first election since coup

Jan 23, 2019 - 2:58 PM

The royal decree calls for a general 'election of members of parliament' and gives the kingdom's Election Commission 5 days to announce when it will hold the much-anticipated poll

(FILES) This file photo taken on May 14, 2018 shows Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn presiding over the annual royal ploughing ceremony outside Bangkok's royal palace. Thailand's king has issued a royal decree endorsing the first general election since a 2014 coup, the palace said January 23, with the date of the long-delayed poll expected to announced within days.  Panupong CHANGCHAI / THAI NEWS PIX / AFP

Funeral for late Thai king Bhumibol draws to a close

Oct 29, 2017 - 9:43 PM

King Bhumibol Adulyadej's children carry golden urns containing his relics from the Grand Palace to two Bangkok temples where they will be housed

Mourners pray for the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej during the procession transferring the relics and his ashes from the Grand Palace to a local temple in Bangkok on October 29, 2017.  A year of official mourning for Thailand's late King Bhumibol Adulyadej was to end after a lavish five-day funeral full of pageantry and religious ritual. / AFP PHOTO / YE AUNG THU

Making of a monarch: Thais set to part with the 'people's king'

Oct 24, 2017 - 10:48 AM

The late King Bhumibol Adulaydej is remembered as regal but accessible, rich but unflashy and always dedicated to the Thai people

IN MOURNING. People display images of the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej during a ceremony marking one year since his death, in a field in Ayutthaya on October 13, 2017. Roberto Schmidt/AFP

German teenagers shoot at Thai king with rubber pellets

Jun 21, 2017 - 9:39 PM

Two young boys aged 13 and 14 fired rubber pellets with a toy that we call an airsoft gun at a group of cyclists including the king of Thailand says Thomas Steinkraus Koch of the prosecution service of Landshut town

SHOT AT BY AIRSOFT GUNS. A woman holds an image of Thailand's new King Maha Vajiralongkorn outside the Grand Palace in Bangkok on December 2, 2016. File photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/ AFP

Thai king signs junta's new constitution

Apr 06, 2017 - 1:37 PM

UPDATED The military says the charter – Thailand s twentieth since 1932 – will curb unrest in the politically split kingdom and keep out corrupt lawmakers

This handout photograph from Parliament received and taken on August 7, 2014 shows Thai Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn attending the opening of the National Legislative Assembly in Bangkok. Thai Parliament/File/AFP

Thai king's aide jailed for royal defamation

Mar 04, 2017 - 4:37 PM

The verdict comes after the palace sacked the king s deputy chief of staff Chitpong Thongkum for behaving in a way that brought about distrust and caused severe damage to the royal family

Thai protester arrested for sharing new king article on Facebook

Dec 03, 2016 - 6:29 PM

Thailand s monarchy is protected from any criticism inside the kingdom by a harsh lese majeste law which was widely used since the military seized power in 2014