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The king and Si… Ruler back with consort

Royal reconciliation: King Maha and his ‘junior wife’ Sineenatra, who is a qualified pilot PICTURES: REUTERS/GETTY.

THAILAND’S King Maha Vajiralongkorn has reconciled with his royal consort, who was stripped of her titles after he accused her of undermining the Queen.

The 68-year-old ruler had revived a palace tradition by making Sineenatra Wongvajirabhakdi, 35, his junior wife in July last year, two months after marrying his longtime companion Suthida Vajiralongkorn Na Ayudhya.

Since her fall from grace in October, Sineenatra had not appeared in public. But the king has now announced she will regain her royal and military titles.

Queen Suthida, 42, and Sineenatra, 35, have been senior officers in palace security units. Suthida was a flight attendant with Thai Airways, and Sineenatra was an army nurse.

The consort is a major general in the military and a qualified pilot.