Thai king marries his bodyguard

Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn has married the deputy head of his personal security at a traditional ceremony attended by royals and other dignitaries.

The event came days before the start of ceremonies leading to his coronation.

His wife will wear the title of Queen Suthida.

As per the tradition, the king poured sacred water on Queen Suthida who prostrated before him. The couple then signed a marriage register, above (Photo credit: Bureau of the Royal Household).

Queen Suthida is his fourth wife. He has seven children from his previous marriages.

Vajiralongkorn became the constitutional monarch after his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, died in 2016.

The king elevated Suthida to the position of a general in the Royal Thai Army in December 2016 and deputy commander of the king’s personal guard a year later.

Vajiralongkorn’s coronation comes 70 years after his father was crowned.

Thais revere kings and consider them as reincarnations of the Hindu god Vishnu.

Queens are not permitted to rule the country but they can act as regents in the absence of their husbands if they are assigned that role.

Vajiralongkorn belongs to the Chakri dynasty and 10 kings have ruled the country over the past 230 years.

Vajiralongkorn’s father was the world’s longest-reigning monarch.