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Thai king reinstates royal consort after earlier fall from grace

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Thailand’s king has reinstated his royal consort to the position, nearly a year after she was stripped of her titles in a dramatic fall from grace.

King Vajiralongkorn returned Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi’s rank and titles on Wednesday, the Royal Gazette announced.

Sineenat was stripped of her rank in October 2019, only months after she was granted the honors.

The palace had said that she was being punished for trying to elevate herself to “the same state as the queen”.

Sineenat was the first royal consort for almost a century in Thailand, where the term refers to a companion or partner in addition to the king’s wife.

Born in 1985, she is from northern Thailand and worked as a nurse before entering a relationship with the then-crown Prince Vajiralongkorn.

She eventually became a bodyguard, pilot, and parachutist, and joined the royal guards. In early 2019, she was appointed a major-general.

She received the official title of first Royal Noble Consort in July that year, shortly after the king married his fourth wife Queen Suthida, who had been the deputy head of his personal security detail.

Just a few months later, in October, Sineenat was unexpectedly stripped of her rank and titles, sparking widespread speculation over what might have prompted the sudden downfall.

The true cause of her removal – and her subsequent reinstatement – as royal consort may never be made public, given the secrecy which cloaks palace affairs in Thailand.

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