Thai king surprises with royal wedding ahead of coronation

The king will be crowned on Saturday in a ceremony that weaves together Buddhist and Hindu Brahmin rituals

The king will be crowned on Saturday in a ceremony that weaves together Buddhist and Hindu Brahmin rituals

The coronation ceremonies for 66-year-old King Maha Vajiralongkorn, also known as King Rama X, will be held on May 4-6, 2019.

A royal statement said: King Vajiralongkorn "has chose to promote General Suthida Vajiralongkorn Na Ayudhya, his royal consort, to become Queen Suthida and she will hold royal title and status as part of the royal family".

On Wednesday, May 1, the King suddenly announced his fourth marriage, to a former flight attendant who is a commander of his security detail, and appointed her Queen Suthida.

A statement directly from the monarchy said, according to The BBC, that the king "has made a decision to promote General Suthida Vajiralongkorn Na Ayudhya, his royal consort, to become Queen Suthida and she will hold royal title and status as part of the royal family".

He has been married and divorced three times before and has seven children.

Among the dignitaries at the wedding were Prayuth Chan-ocha, the leader of the military junta that has run Thailand since a 2014 army coup, as well as other members of the royal family and palace advisers, the wedding footage showed.