Thai king ‘makes his consort his second queen as her birthday gift’ in historic move – despite her ‘leaked naked selfies’ and previously jailing her for ‘disrespecting’ current queen
King Maha Vajiralongkorn is said to have crowned Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi
She was reportedly crowned the second queen of Thailand on her 36th birthday
Comes after she was expelled from palace for fighting with rival Queen Suditha
By ROSS IBBETSON FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 09:34 GMT, 26 January 2021
The playboy Thai king has reportedly made history by making his mistress the country’s second queen, despite previously jailing her for ‘disrespecting’ the current queen.
King Maha Vajiralongkorn, 68, crowned Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi on Tuesday, her 36th birthday, Bild reported.
The pair wore matching blue coats as they released fish and birds in a Buddhist ceremony to mark her birthday at Wasukri pier in Bangkok.
It’s an astonishing rise for the king’s royal consort who was thrown out of the palace and jailed for trying to block her rival Queen Suditha’s coronation in 2019.
Last month a trove of naked selfies said to be taken by Sineenat were leaked online, revealing the bitter infighting which still rages at court among the king’s harem of mistresses.
King Maha Vajiralongkorn, 68, crowned Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi on Tuesday, her 36th birthday
A critic of the Thai monarchy last month shared photos with MailOnline that purport to show Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi, consort to the Thai King. Several of the images show the woman baring her unshaven armpits (left and right), though it is unclear why
Vajiralongkorn and Sineenat release birds during a merit-making ceremony to mark the Royal Consort’s birthday at Wasukri pier in Bangkok +15
Vajiralongkorn and Sineenat release birds during a merit-making ceremony to mark the Royal Consort’s birthday at Wasukri pier in Bangkok
Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn and Queen Suthida during their wedding ceremony in Bangkok in May 2019. According to tradition, the King has a semi-divine status and must be seated higher than those around him +15
Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn and Queen Suthida during their wedding ceremony in Bangkok in May 2019. According to tradition, the King has a semi-divine status and must be seated higher than those around him
Just three months prior to Sineenat’s imprisonment she had been appointed Vajiralongkorn’s royal consort – the first to hold the title in almost a century.
Until August last year, her whereabouts were unknown, rumoured to either be in jail or dead.
She was fully reinstated as his consort in September and the Royal Gazette declared that she ‘is not tarnished.’
Today the former nurse ascended to the pinnacle of courtly status in a deep humiliation for 42-year-old Queen Suditha.
Sineenat is seen as a ‘PR tool’ and her appointment as Thailand’s second queen comes at a tense political juncture for the king who has faced months of protests.
The people have demanded reform of the monarchy – unprecedented in Thailand where it is illegal to criticise the king – with thousands taking to the streets for months, in spite of the pandemic.
Prior to her expulsion from the court, Sineenat appeared frequently in photo shoots, flying in war planes, skydiving, shooting and others showing intimate moments with the king holding hands.
Royal experts believe her prominence in public life may have been the reason for 1,400 selfies being leaked to critics of Vajiralongkorn earlier this year.
Some showed her baring her unshaven armpits to the camera and others revealed ‘every single thing that you could imagine,’ according to one Thai activist.
Vajiralongkorn and his glamorous new queen Sineenat at a Buddhist merit-making ceremony in Bangkok today
The royal couple release fish into the Chao Phraya River during a sacred ceremony at Waskuri pier
In an unsigned letter to Pavin, the sender described the photos as top-secret files hacked from Sineenat’s phone after it was confiscated following her arrest in October 2019 and expulsion by King Vajiralongkorn.
‘It’s hard to believe it’s a coincidence,’ Pavin said, suggesting that the leak might have come from the Queen’s entourage.
Sineenat, a former royal bodyguard, was gifted the title of royal consort to mark the king’s 67th birthday last July.
It was the first time in nearly a century that a Thai monarch had taken a consort, after the king married his fourth wife Queen Suthida earlier in 2019.
Both Suthida, a former air hostess, and Sineenat have served as senior officers in palace security units.
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