Bajrakitiyabha of Thailand

Taking a look at the life of Princess Bajrakitiyabha and the Thai succession

Princess Bajrakitiyabha was born on 7 December 1978 as the only child of the future King Vajiralongkorn of Thailand and his first wife and first cousin, Princess Soamsawali. Princess Soamsawali’s father was the elder brother of Vajiralongkorn’s mother, Queen Sirikit. Bajrakitiyabha was born in Dusit Palace in Bangkok. She attended the Raijni School for elementary [read more]

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Sirikit of Thailand

Queen Sirikit at 90: A life in the shadows

The future Queen Sirikit was born on 12 August 1932 as the daughter of Prince Nakkhatra Mangkala Kitiyakara and Mom Luang Bua Snidvongs at the home of her maternal grandfather. She had two elder brothers, Mom Rajawongse Kalyanakit Kitiyakara (1929-1987) and Mom Rajawongse Adulakit Kitiyakara (1930-2004) and a younger sister, Mom Rajawongse Busba Kitiyakara (1934). [read more]

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Sirikit of Thailand

Queen Sirikit of Thailand – The creation of an image (Part two)

To ease the panic about the succession, a marriage was arranged for Prince Vajiralongkorn. The chosen bride was his first cousin, SoamsawaliKitiyakara. However, Prince Vajiralongkorn didn’t like her, and he considered her plain and dull. Nevertheless, they married on 3 January 1977 and began touring the country. Soamsawali gave birth to a daughter named Bajrakitiyabha, [read more]