Thailand’s royal family has released candid new photos of the king’s royal consort, Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi, which show her shooting an assault rifle and flying a plane.
King Maha Vajiralongkorn bestowed the title Royal Noble Consort which is traditionally given to a monarch’s spouse or companion to Wongvajirapakdi at a ceremony attended by his wife of just two months.
The ceremony took place during the king’s birthday celebrations in July. Wongvajirapakdi, who is believed to be his longtime-girlfriend, is the first person to be formally granted the role since 1921.
In new photos released by Thailand’s royal palace on Monday, Wongvajirapakdi can be seen firing an assault rifle.
The former army nurse is also pictured flying a plane. In stark contrast to traditional royal dress, she wore a camo-print crop top for the photo.
The monarch married his bodyguard, Suthida Tidjai, in a surprise ceremony in May. Until the wedding, the palace had never officially acknowledged them as a couple.
The newly-reigned Queen sat beside her husband as he honored Wongvajirapakdi as his royal consort in July.
In photos of the televised ceremony, he splashed water on her face as she lay at his feet.
The palace has also released an official biography on Wongvajirapakdi.