King Of Thailand Rents Out Entire German Luxury Hotel To Self-Isolate
Whilst our situations differ, for most people this lockdown that we're currently in isn't the end of the world. If you've got a couch, a TV, and - if you thought far enough ahead - a few cans of beer, the chances are you'll be alright.
However, none of us are presumably enjoying our period of isolation as much as the King of Thailand, who has holed himself up alongside a number of folks in his entourage, which includes 20 concubines, in a luxury German hotel.
It seems as if being the King of Thailand affords you some real perks, one of which seems to be the ability to rent out the Grand Hotel Sonnelbichl in Bavaria in order to weather this particular storm.
However, he's come under fire from those in his homeland, who think that he should be with the people of Thailand during this crisis, rather than out in Germany.
In a rare show of dissent, citizens have posted online asking why their king is staying in Europe. In Thailand, insulting the monarchy is a crime punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
With permission from the local government, King Maha Vajiralongkorn has taken over the entire premises as a method of self-isolating during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
Interestingly enough, it is not known whether his wife is there with him, but Rama X - as he's also known - did send 119 members of his travelling entourage back to Thailand because there were concerns that they'd contracted the virus.
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The Grand Hotel Sonnelbichl is near to the ski resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen up in the Bavaria mountains. It's pretty lovely all year around, but - you have to imagine - pretty spectacular in the early springtime.
Not that he can enjoy that much of it, given that Germany - like much of the rest of Europe and the world - is in almost total lockdown.
The Thai monarch actually spends quite a bit of time in Germany. He's got a second home out there, and it's thought that he hasn't actually been seen out in public in his Asian homeland since February.
If there's one thing we can be sure of during this coronavirus crisis, it's that the virus itself has no respect for societal hierarchy.
As well as the Prime Minster Boris Johnson and Prince Charles testing positive for the virus over here in the United Kingdom, the king and queen of Malaysia - Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah and Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah - were also put into isolation after seven members of their palace staff were found to be positive.
So, it's little wonder that the Thai king might wish to hole up somewhere and wait for everything to blow over.
Hell, if you've got the kind of clout to book up a whole Bavarian luxury hotel, why on earth not?
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