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Once Out, Consort to Thailand’s King Is Back In (and a Major General, Again)

2020-09-02 23:58:46

BANGKOK — The king of Thailand liked her. Then he didn’t. Now, apparently, he likes her again.

Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi rose to the position of royal consort to King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, only to be stripped of her official title last year, amid accusations from the palace that she was trying to upstage the queen.

On Wednesday, the Royal Thai Government Gazette announced that Ms. Sineenat was back in possession of her noble titles. She had not been seen publicly since her dismissal nearly a year ago, and her whereabouts had not been officially revealed.

The position of royal consort, referring to a female companion who is not a wife, had not existed in Thailand since absolute monarchy was abolished in 1932 until the current king revived it for Ms. Sineenat.

King Maha Vajiralongkorn has been married multiple times. His first wife was his cousin; his third was purged and members of her family were jailed for disrespecting the monarchy.


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