The King and Queen in 2019 during October’s Royal Barge Procession for the coronation. Photo: Public Relations Office ThailandThe Royal Palace announced in 2019 that the King was to marry Suthida and name her as queen consort. The couple married in the Amphorn Sathan Residential Hall on 1 May 2019 with the ceremony broadcast live on television. In the traditional ceremony, Suthida laid on the floor and presented the King with incense and flowers. Then, on 4 May, she was officially crowned consort during her husband’s coronation making her Her Majesty Queen Suthida (Somdet Phra Nang Chao Suthida Bajrasudhabimalalakshana Phra Borommarajini).
The Queen’s birthday is a national holiday in Thailand, and streets are decorated with her photos throughout the month of June to celebrate. The Thai people are encouraged to wear purple (The Queen’s ‘colour’) to honour her and buildings in Bangkok are decorated with yellow (the colour of the King) and purple in celebration.
A photo outside Bangkok’s Grand Palace with the yellow and purple decorations. Photo: Brittani BargerAs Thailand has strict lèse majesté laws, any and all criticism of the Queen and Royal Family in the country is prohibited. A person can be punished for up to 15 years in prison for ‘insults’ toward the Royal Family.