Thai palace website crashes after it runs pictures of royal consort

(From left) Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn, carrying the royal pet poodle, with Maj-Gen Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi; Maj-Gen Sineenat, 34, at the controls of a light aircraft; and the king with Maj-Gen Sineenat, who he named Royal Noble Consort on
Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn, carrying the royal pet poodle, with Maj-Gen Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
(From left) Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn, carrying the royal pet poodle, with Maj-Gen Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi; Maj-Gen Sineenat, 34, at the controls of a light aircraft; and the king with Maj-Gen Sineenat, who he named Royal Noble Consort on
Maj-Gen Sineenat, 34, at the controls of a light aircraft.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
(From left) Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn, carrying the royal pet poodle, with Maj-Gen Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi; Maj-Gen Sineenat, 34, at the controls of a light aircraft; and the king with Maj-Gen Sineenat, who he named Royal Noble Consort on
The king with Maj-Gen Sineenat, who he named Royal Noble Consort on his birthday last month. Thailand's palace released the rare images and a biography of the king's newly-anointed consort yesterday, which led to the palace website crashing.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

BANGKOK • Thailand's palace website crashed yesterday after it released unusually candid pictures of the king's consort in a fighter jet, as well as dressed in combat fatigues together with him and the royal poodle.

The pictures of King Maha Vajiralongkorn's consort, 34-year-old Major-General Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi, were released along with her official biography.

A palace official said the website was being fixed because of the volume of traffic. The palace has a policy of not making comments to the media.

The king named Maj-Gen Sineenat, a former nurse and his bodyguard, as Royal Noble Consort on his birthday last month. It was the first such appointment in almost a century, long before the end of absolute monarchy in 1932.

Some of the pictures are in the usual royal tradition, with Maj-Gen 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-patterned jacket at the controls of a light aircraft.

Some pictures show Maj-Gen Sineenat and the king holding hands while one shows them both in green combat fatigues with the royal pet dog.

Maj-Gen Sineenat's appointment as consort came after the king married a former flight attendant and deputy head of his personal guard force, Suthida Tidjai, 41, and made her queen just days before his coronation in May.

REUTERS

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 27, 2019, with the headline 'Thai palace website crashes after it runs pictures of royal consort'. Print Edition | Subscribe