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Thai King Maha marries bodyguard ahead of coronation

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Thailand has a new queen just in time for the coronation of King Maha Vajiralongkorn in elaborate Buddhist and Brahmin ceremonies on Saturday in Bangkok.

King Maha Vajiralongkorn and his consort, Gen. Suthida Vajiralongkorn, named Queen Suthida, attend their wedding ceremony in Bangkok.

The 66-year-old king unexpectedly married the deputy commander of his personal bodyguard unit on Wednesday in a surprise ceremony, giving her the title Queen Suthida Vajiralongkorn na Ayudhaya.

Suthida, 40, is expected to participate in some of the coronation events.

Here are some facts about the new queen from the palace’s household bureau, past royal decrees and media.

She was born June 3, 1978, as Suthida Tidjai.

She graduated from Assumption University, a private university in Bangkok, with a bachelor’s degree in communication arts in 2000, according to the Thai Rath newspaper.

She worked as a flight attendant at Thai Airways before joining the protection unit of then-Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn.

Criticising or insulting her is a crime under Thailand’s lese majeste laws, which carry punishment of up to 15 years in prison.

The king, queen, heir to the throne and regent are covered under the law.

She already held the rank of general in the Royal Thai Army before her marriage, having been promoted to the position in December 2016 by King Vajiralongkorn by royal decree.

That was shortly after he took the throne following the death of his father, King Bhumibo Adulyadej.

Before the wedding, she was deputy commander of the King’s Own Bodyguard Regiment.

The king himself is commander of the unit, and he first designated her to the special officer unit of Crown Prince’s Bodyguard Regiment in 2013.

She made her debut on Royal News, a nightly segment about the king and his family aired on all Thai television channels, hours after her wedding.

The wedding came as a surprise to many Thais because the palace had never previously acknowledged any personal relationship between her and King Vajiralongkorn, who has previously been married and divorced three times.

She has been awarded royal honours in 20 royal decrees, the first in 2012 when King Bhumibol awarded her the Order of the White Elephant for her “c’’ in service to then Prince Vajiralongkorn.

The royal decree named her as Lt. Col. Suthida Vajiralongkorn.

During the upcoming coronation, the king is likely to bestow his new bride with new royal titles.

It is a tradition for a new monarch to grant new titles to family members.

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Pics: DJ Switch gets a billboard on Times Square New York

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Ghana’s youngest Disk Jockey, DJ Switch is living every body’s dream as she has made it unto a billboard on Times Square in New York.

The “Talented Kidz” winner is in New York to perform at the “Room To Read” Gala alongside Grammy award winning Wyclef Jean.

The “Room To Read” is an non-governmental organization that seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in low-income communities by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education.

This is huge and we say congrats to the budding star.

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Stonebwoy, Shatta Wale banned indefinitely from VGMAs, stripped of awards

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Charterhouse, organisers of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs), have placed an indefinite ban on dancehall artistes Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy and also stripped them of all the awards the two artistes won at the 20th edition of the VGMAs held last weekend at the Accra International Conference Centre.

The two have also been banned from performing at any of the VGMAs.The sanctions were announced by Amandzeba Nat Brew, the Chairman of the 2019 VGMA Board, at a press conference organised by Charterhouse on Thursday, 23 May 2019.

Also, the two unannounced awards at the event – Artiste of the Year and Most Popular Song of Year – have been nullified.

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Shatta Wale quits VGMAs forever

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Reggae/Dancehall artiste Shatta Wale has announced that he will never ever be part of the Ghana Music Awards scheme again.“Upon sober reflections of events in recent times and having made broader consultations, I wish to announce that I will not be part of the Ghana Music Awards scheme going forward. God bless!,” the Gringo hitmaker tweeted on Thursday, 23 May 2019 along with a picture of his bloody palm, suggesting he had made a blood oath.

are talking about this His decision comes on the back of a recent clash with his archrival Stonebwoy at the 20th edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs) at the Accra International Conference Centre, which marred the event.There was a free-for-all fight which resulted in Stonebwoy pulling a gun on stage.

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