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Everything we know about Thailand's eccentric King Rama X, who married his bodyguard, gave his dog a 4-day funeral, and is legally immune from bad press

INSIDER Logo By Alexandra Ma of INSIDER | Slide 1 of 22: 
  
    Little is known about the royal family in Thailand,
    which has strict laws forbidding people to defame the King Maha
    Vajiralongkorn and his family.
  
  
    But tensions in the royal court came to light this week
    when the king 
    abruptly stripped his royal consort - and long-term
    girlfriend - of all her titles, accusing her of plotting
    against the queen.
  
  
    Maha Vajiralongkorn has also been photographed cycling
    in a crop top in Switzerland and Germany, and reportedly gave
    his dog a four-day funeral.
  
  
    
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  Thailand's royal family, compared to the constantly spotlighted
  British monarchy, is extremely secretive. The country has strict
  laws that forbid citizens and the Thai press from insulting and
  reporting on embarrassing details about the family.

  King Maha Vajiralongkorn, officially known as King Rama X, was
  crowned in May 2019, almost three years after the death of the
  previous king, his father Bhumibol Adulyadej.

  Thanks to restrictions to the Thai press, relatively little is
  known about Maha Vajiralongkorn.

  What we do know, however, is that he was educated in Britain and
  Australia, is an enthusiastic cyclist and pilot, and has been
  married four times. On Monday, the palace also 
  announced that his royal consort - and longterm girlfriend -
  had been plotting against the queen.

  Scroll down to find out more about Thailand's secretive,
  bicycle-loving king.

Thailand's royal family, compared to the constantly spotlighted British monarchy, is extremely secretive. The country has strict laws that forbid citizens and the Thai press from insulting and reporting on embarrassing details about the family.

King Maha Vajiralongkorn, officially known as King Rama X, was crowned in May 2019, almost three years after the death of the previous king, his father Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Thanks to restrictions to the Thai press, relatively little is known about Maha Vajiralongkorn.

What we do know, however, is that he was educated in Britain and Australia, is an enthusiastic cyclist and pilot, and has been married four times. On Monday, the palace also announced that his royal consort - and longterm girlfriend - had been plotting against the queen.

Scroll down to find out more about Thailand's secretive, bicycle-loving king.

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