Succession and rewards

As a Reuters report claims that military sources say the regime “is making preparations for Crown Prince …  Vajiralongkorn to ascend the throne on December 1…”, the fate of the draft constitution, meant to be signed by 9 November, remains unknown.

The news on succession comes as the prince departed for Germany. But the prince may again surprise the regime: “…this timeframe also depends on His Royal Highness.”

That seems like a maybe.

funeralWe do know the prince has been happy with his new spouse at the moment. Questions were raised on social media about why she was at the late king’s funeral dressed in uniform, as seen in the two pictures in this post.

The answer, according to a Khaosod report is that she was an official guard for the prince.

It was announced late last week that the prince “has granted a royal decoration to one of the officers in his royal guard unit.” Guess who?suthida-guarding

The report states: “Suthida Vajiralongkorn na Ayudhya received the Rattanabhorn Medal on Sept. 4, but the news was only made public on Sunday via the the Royal Gazette website, which publishes government and royal announcements.”

His spouse “has been serving in the Ratchawanlop Guards, a unit of bodyguards protecting the Crown Prince, since 2013. She was promoted to the rank of lieutenant general in August 2015.”

The Knight Grand Cross, another royal award was handed out “to 16 other officers serving in the guard corps.”


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