Thai king dismisses 'disloyal' consort for challenging the queen

Thai consort stripped of titles for disloyalty to crown

Royal Consort Sineenat Stripped of Royal Ranks

Thai royal noble consort Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi adjusting her pilot helmet in a military aircraft during training in Thailand.

Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn stripped his 34-yr-former consort of all royal and military titles on Monday evening, in a shock cross decrease than three months after she grew to change into the first woman to be anointed with the pleasant unfavorable in almost a century.

Queen Suthida, a 41-year-old former flight attendant, has been a long-term partner of King Vajiralongkorn, and the pair have been seen together in public on many occasions during the past years.

The King bestowed the title of Chao Khun Phra Sineenart Pilaskalayanee on Maj Gen Thanpuying Sineenart Wongvajirapakdi on July 28.

Sineenat Bilaskalayani has been accused of inappropriate behaviour and a failure to be loyal to the monarch.

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.

The Royal Gazette said the King gave the title to her to "reduce pressure and problems", however it doesn't seem to have worked.

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Tamara Loos, professor of history and Thai studies at Cornell University, says the move is a sign of the King's newfound absolutism.

King Vajiralongkorn ascended the throne after the death of his father in 2016.

Vajiralongkorn designated her as such in July, three months after he announced his fourth wife Suthida Bajrasudhabimalalakshana as the queen.

She was also pictured in the cockpit of a fighter jet and wearing a gray camouflage pattern crop-top at the controls of a light aircraft.

The King's private life is not openly discussed in Thailand due to the country's draconian lese-majeste law.

The royal family had been scheduled to participate in the Royal Barge Procession on Thursday, one of the last ceremonies in the king's year-long coronation celebrations, but last week the event was postponed until later in the year, with officials citing weather conditions.

"The king's second wife, who he married in 1994 and divorced two years later, fled to Britain with their five children, born between 1979 and 1987".

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