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Thai king stuns public before coronation with fourth wedding

New queen Suthida is monarch's bodyguard and longtime partner

King Maha Vajiralongkorn pours sacred water on Queen Suthida. The marriage is the Thai monarch's fourth. (Photo courtesy of the Thailand Royal Household)

BANGKOK -- Just days before his coronation, Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn married the deputy chief of his personal guard Wednesday in a wedding that has shocked the public.

Suthida Tidjai, a 40-year-old former Thai Airways flight attendant, entered the Royal Thai Army in 2014 and became a deputy commander of his bodyguard unit before her promotion to a full general in 2016. She had been the king's partner for years in an unofficial relationship but now formally enters the royal household.

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