Long live the king ... Email or Phone: Password: Forgot account? A father-of-seven, he has three failed marriages, a love of fast jets and a reputation for having an explosive temper. and BBC News. Even his mother likened him to Don Juan. Sineenat, 34, was punished for trying to elevate herself to "the same state as the queen". When Maha finally returned home last week, he was greeted by more than 10,000 protesters, who marched through Bangkok demanding a new constitution. or. As a result, the King must always be seated higher than everyone else, and during official ceremonies, events, and speeches, the monarch's feet are supposed to be above the heads of those around him.Â, Tradition also dictates that guests at the Thai Royal Palace are required to approach the King and Queen crawling on their hands and knees; this custom was even observed while King Maha Vajiralongkorn's father, the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, sat on the throne, despite the fact that he was known to his people as a kind and humble ruler.Â, It is therefore viewed as a sign of great respect for the bride to lie at the feet of the King, before being invited to sit by his side during the marriage ceremony, when she was given the official title of Queen Suthida. Â, Moving forward, it will likely be expected that other members of the royal court, as well as visiting guests, will approach the royal couple in a similar manner, as one aide was seen doing during the wedding ceremony, lying before the King and his Queen while the bride signed the marriage license.Â. In 2009, leaked images of Foo Foo’s birthday celebrations showed Maha’s wife Suwadee crouched on the floor, in little more than a G-string, apparently eating dog food as the king looked on (she was later stripped of her titles and family members were imprisoned). Not Now. See more of Daily Mail on Facebook. In 2001 he wed his third wife Srirasmi Suwadee, describing her as a 'modest and patient' woman who 'never says bad things towards anyone' and like his previous relationships there were to be a number of controversies in their time together.Â. Thailand News daily courtesy of The Thaiger featuring articles and breaking news in Thailand from local reporters, plus videos and more. The king is in the house! Thai anti-government protesters challenged on Sunday King Maha Vajiralongkorn's personal control over some army units to condemn the military's role in politics. Forgot account? See more of Daily Mail on Facebook. or. It was the latest open defiance of the king by protesters, who … or. The king has not made any … or. Create New Account. BANGKOK, Nov 29 — Thai anti-government protesters challenged today King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s personal control over some army units to condemn the military’s role in politics. Then there is his messy love life — the 68-year-old is on his fourth wife, whose company he shares with his official concubine, recently back in favour after a brief and brutal hiatus.Â. 'Long live the King' dailymail.co.uk | By Daily Mail Celebrity Chadwick Boseman hailed by Marvel with Black Panther tribute on day he would have turned 44 Because a groundswell of unrest is surging in Thailand, where the vital tourism industry has been hammered by Covid. Thai King Allegedly Ruling His Nation From German Ski Resort The Daily Beast 14:23 16-Dec-20 As Protesters Challenge Monarchy, Thai King Adopts More Approachable Image VICE News 10:53 16-Dec-20 Thai King says he feels 'sad' on some days just like … Sign Up. Thais are growing increasingly irritated, weary and embarrassed by King Maha. There, the monarchy have godlike status. Log In. “The king’s behavior during the coronavirus crisis has been a disaster for the reputation of the Thai monarchy,” explained activist Andrew MacGregor Marshall. By In 2009, former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra spoke of his doubts about the then-Prince's suitability for the role of king. Â, In 2007, footage published online showed the king throwing a party for his pet poodle - who held the rank of Air Chief Marshall - at the Royal Palace in Bangkok.Â, Princess Srirasmi, who sang happy birthday to the dog topless, also got on her knees and ate from a dog bowl in the same video.Â, The relationship between the King and his new Queen has been compared to the famous musical The King and I.Â, The play follows strong-willed, widowed schoolteacher Anna Leonowens, who arrives in Bangkok at the request of the King of Siam to tutor his children.Â. or. To mark the occasion, Maha released a glossy photo of her flying a plane while wearing a camouflage-pattern sports bra. Thank you for using your gift to bring light to this world.' In late 2014, Srirasmi suffered a very public fall from grace when several members of her family were arrested as part of a police corruption probe and charged with lese majeste (treason). media caption In July Sineenat knelt in front of the Thai king and was anointed as his royal consort. Oh, and he has disowned at least four of his children, refusing to pay their school fees, despite sitting on a £30 billion fortune. Thailand's king Maha Vajiralongkorn led a candlelight vigil for his late father at Bangkok's Sanam Luang ceremonial ground. Today at 12:00 AM. According to royal tradition in Thailand, the ruling monarch is seen as god-like and semi-divine, and is revered as such among his subjects. ‘I must also be criticised,’ he said. Create New Account. Not Now. Harsh lese-majeste laws have shielded public scrutiny of his colourful private life, and all media in Thailand must self-censor. In 2017, a man was sentenced to 35 years in jail for posting critical comments online about the Thai royal family. Daily Mail. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. They divorced in 1993. 09:34 EST 01 May 2019 Even Facebook was forced to shut down a group with a million members that had been set up to discuss the monarchy — but the internet giant has since sued the Thai government, calling the move a contravention of international human rights law. His military career was interrupted in 1978 so he could be ordained for a season as a Buddhist monk, as is customary for all Thai Buddhist men. We are no longer accepting comments on this article. He was drafted in as King in October 2016, 50 days after the death of his father, the highly revered Bhumibol Adulyadej. Accessibility Help. What is wrong with you people?' Sections of this page. The crown prince has spent much of his time away from the public eye, living overseas in Germany, but in recent years he has stepped in at some official ceremonies as his father's health declined. BANGKOK, Nov 26 — Thousands of Thai protesters called on King Maha Vajiralongkorn yesterday to cede control of a royal fortune valued in the tens of billions of dollars, as the latest in months of anti-government demonstrations focused squarely on the monarchy. (Dec. 5) Thai junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha announced that the Crown Prince would ascend the throne with tthe statement: 'The government will inform the National Legislative Assembly that His Majesty the King appointed his heir on Dec. 28, 1972. Daily Mail. To begin with, there is his penchant for wearing teeny-weeny crop tops, very low-slung jeans and enormous fake tattoos. It was a shocking turnaround for a country where people are taught from birth to worship the monarch, plaster homes and public buildings with his image, celebrate Father’s Day on his birthday and leap to their feet for the national anthem. The crown prince has spent much of his time away from the public eye, but in recent years he has stepped in at some official ceremonies as his father's health declined. The Royal Thai Navy’s 1st Antiaircraft Artillery Regiment erected a statue of King Taksin the Great as another memorial to the king who liberated Siam from Burmese occupation. Log In. What with all that going on, and somehow finding time to indulge his passion for mountain-biking and driving fast cars, perhaps it’s little wonder that, when his father died, Maha asked for ‘time to mourn his loss with the people’ before finally taking up the reins in 2019 with a three-day, £23 million coronation involving a gold crown weighing over 15lb. Despite holding a number of military titles, including Knight of the Ancient and Auspicious Order of the Nine Gems, the prince admitted to an interviewer he was unable to tie his own shoe laces aged 12 because courtiers had always done it for him. Sky News. It comes as the monarchy faces challenges from student-led protests. Create New Account. Just this summer, a young man who wore a T-shirt with an anti-royal message was sent to a secure psychiatric unit. What a time to be alive. Nine months after his daughter was born, the prince had a son with actress Yuvadhida Polpraserth, with whom he went on to have a total of five children and a tumultuous relationship. 'I f**king quit! Create New Account. To begin with, there is his penchant for wearing teeny-weeny crop tops, very low-slung jeans and enormous fake tattoos. Media/News Company. Dissenters now risk being ‘disappeared’ altogether. 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