From Stewardess to Bodyguard to General to Queen, Thailand’s Newest Smoking Hot Royal

Thai royal wedding ceremony.

Life has certainly been a wild ride for 41-year-old Suthida Tidjai, origionally from the very rural Songkhla province of southern Thailand.

Queen Suthida, formerly known as Gen. Suthida Vajiralongkorn Na Ayudhya.

After graduating in 2000 from Bangkok’s prestigious private Catholic college, Assumption University, armed with a degree in Communications, the stunningly beautiful graduate took a job as an airline stewardess for the Tokyo-based JALways airlines.

Possibly not finding the jetsetting life all that fulfilling, Suthida decided to accepting a Sub-Lieutenant officer commission in the Royal Thai Army in 2010.

But that’s where Suthida Tidjai’s life really skyrocketed.

From 2010 ’till 2016, the former-passer-outer of ridiculously small packs of peanuts went from Sub-Lieutenant to General (four stars).

But wait, there’s more.

According to the Bangkok Post, the woman who would be queen reportedly attended and passed the following military training:

  • Royal Thai Air Force Flight Course
  • Royal Thai Air Force Logistics Course
  • Royal Thai Marine Corps Commando Course
  • Royal Thai Army Special Warfare School where she received parachutist qualification
  • Royal Thai Army Jungle Warfare Combat Course

On a personal note, color me jaded, but I have a sneaky suspicion that just maybe the qualifications for the courses she supposedly attended were more than just a little watered-down.

Queen Suthida in a more relaxed atmosphere.

But wait, there’s more.

It was in 2014 that at the tender age of 36, then-Major General (two stars) Tidjai was appointed commander of Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn’s household guard.

Interestingly enough, Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn is now known as His Majesty The King Phrabat Somdet Phra Paramendra Ramadhibodi Srisinra Maha Vajiralongkorn Mahisara Bhumibol Rajavarangkura Kitisirisumburna Adulyadej Sayamindradhipeshra Rajavarodom Borommanat Pobitra Phra Vajira Klao Chao Yu Hua.

On less formal occasions, simply King Rama X of Thailand.

Fast forward to 2016, now Lt. Gen. (three stars) was appointed as the Commander of the Special Operations Unit of the King’s Guard.

But wait, there’s more.

What appointed as the Commander of the King’s Guard, she was also promoted to General (four stars).

Anyhow, upon her meteoric rise through the officer ranks, on her promotion to General, her name was officially changed as befitting her rank to Gen. Suthida Vajiralongkorn Na Ayudhya.

But wait, there’s more.

A commoner by birth, Gen. Suthida Vajiralongkorn Na Ayudhya underwent yet another name change in 2019. This time, simply Her Majesty Queen Consort Suthida.

Much like Britain’s Prince Albert, Queen Suthida’s title of Consort is understood that in the event of King Rama’s death, she would have no legitimate claim as the ruling monarch of Thailand.