Thailand’s palace internet site crashed on Monday following it released unprecedented photographs of the king’s consort in a fighter jet, wearing a crop leading and dressed in combat fatigues with him and the royal poodle.
The unusually candid photographs of King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s consort, 34-year-old Key-Basic Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi, have been released along with her official biography. The publication of the extra than 60 photographs and 46-web page biography was dated final week, but did not commence circulating on-line till Monday.
A palace official stated the internet site was getting fixed mainly because of the volume of website traffic. The palace has a policy of not commenting to media.
The king named Sineenat as Royal Noble Consort on his 67th birthday final month. It was the initial such appointment in nearly a century, lengthy ahead of the finish of absolute monarchy in 1932.
Suprising glimpse into royal’s private lives
The pictures and information offer an unusually intimate glimpse into the private lives of the highly effective, ultra-wealthy and inscrutable monarchy, which is protected by a royal insult law that carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison per count.
Born in the northern province of Nan, she graduated from the Royal Thai Army Nursing College, educated as a pilot in Thailand and abroad, and served in the king’s royal bodyguard unit, reaching the rank of significant-basic in May possibly.
Some of the photographs are in the usual royal tradition, with Sineenat wearing Thai dress and sitting at the king’s feet.
But she is also pictured in the cockpit of a fighter jet and wearing a grey camouflage pattern crop-leading at the controls of a light aircraft. Some photographs show Sineenat and the king holding hands even though one particular shows them each in green combat fatigues with the royal pet dog.
New king crowned in May possibly
A cycling and aviation enthusiast who spends a lot of his time abroad in Germany, Vajiralongkorn was crowned in May possibly in an elaborate 3-day ceremony that Sineenat participated in.
The ceremony took location mere days following a gorgeous announcement that Vajiralongkorn had married Queen Suthida Vajiralongkorn na Ayudhya, 41, a former flight attendant and deputy commander of the monarch’s safety detail.
Suthida is the fourth wife of the monarch, who has a teenage son from his third marriage and six other young children.
The king is not as properly-recognized to the public as his beloved father Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died in 2016.
In the run-up to his coronation the billboards and government offices have been peppered with massive imposing portraits of Vajiralongkorn.
(FRANCE 24 with AFP and REUTERS)