The king of Thailand has married the deputy head of his personal security detail, and given her the title of queen, a royal statement has said.
The surprise announcement comes before his elaborate coronation ceremonies begin on Saturday, when his position is consecrated.
King Maha Vajiralongkorn, 66, became the constitutional monarch after the death of his much-loved father in 2016.
He has been married and divorced three times before and has seven children. Read more