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Princess Soamsawali, the Princess Suddhanarinatha (Thai: โสมสวลี, RTGSSomsawali, pronounced [sǒːm.sā.wā.līː]), born Mom Luang Soamsawali Kitiyakara (Thai: โสมสวลี กิติยากร; RTGSSomsawali Kitiyakon; on 13 July 1957), is a member of the Thai royal family, and is the former wife of her first cousin King Vajiralongkorn. She was titled "the Princess Mother of the King's First Grandchild" after her divorce with the then crown prince in 1991. She is also a niece of Queen Sirikit.

Soamsawali
Princess of Thailand
Princess Suddhanarinatha
Soamsavali Kitiyakara.jpg
Soamsawali in Norway on 31 July 2010
Born (1957-07-13) 13 July 1957 (age 62)
Guy's Hospital, London, England
Spouse
Vajiralongkorn (Rama X)
(m. 1977; div. 1991)
IssuePrincess Bajrakitiyabha
HouseMahidol (by marriage)
Kitiyakara (by birth)
(Chakri Dynasty)
FatherAdulakit Kitiyakara
MotherPrincess Bandhu Savali Yugala
ReligionBuddhism

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BiographyEdit

Princess Soamsawali was born on 13 July 1957 at Guy's Hospital in London, United Kingdom. She is the eldest child of Mom Rajawongse Adulyakit Kitiyakara. Her father was an elder brother of Queen Sirikit of Thailand and her mother is Thanpuying Bandhu Savali Kitiyakara (born Princess Bandhu Savali Yugala). She has one younger sister, Mom Luang Sarali Kitiyakara, born 8 April 1966.

Her father was the second child of Prince Nakkhatra Mangkala Kitiyakara, the Prince of Chanthaburi II and Mom Luang Bua Snidvongs. Her mother was the daughter of Prince Bhanubandhu Yugala and Mom Luang Soiraya Snidvongs.

She first attended the primary level at Chitralada School, then moved to Chiang Mai with her father when he was a judge at the Chiang Mai Court. She moved to study at Regina Coeli College, the all-girls academy in Chiang Mai in 1967.

Personal lifeEdit

On 3 January 1977, at the age of 19, she married her first cousin, Maha Vajiralongkorn, the only son of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. After their marriage, her official title became Her Royal Highness Princess Soamsawali, Royal Consort of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand (Thai: พระเจ้าวรวงศ์เธอ พระองค์เจ้าโสมสวลี พระวรชายาในสมเด็จพระบรมโอรสาธิราชฯ สยามมกุฎราชกุมาร). The couple had one daughter, Princess Bajrakitiyabha of Thailand, born on 7 December 1978. The marriage ended in divorce in 1991.

After her divorce from the crown prince, the king, by royal proclamation, gave her a new title on 12 August 1991. Her official full title became Phravararajatinuddamat (Thai: พระวรราชาทินัดดามาตุ), meaning the mother of the king's first grandchild (translated into English as The Princess Mother of the King's First Grandchild). She thus retained her title as princess and remains a member of the Thai royal family.

Princess Soamsawali has an adopted daughter, Siraphatchara Sophatcharamani or Bai Phlu.[1][2][3]

AccomplishmentsEdit

Since her divorce, Princess Soamsawali has performed many functions on behalf of the royal household. She has shown keen interest in public health and social welfare. The following Thai Red Cross Society programs are under her patronage:

  1. The "Reducing AIDS Infection from Mother to New-Born Baby" Programme.
  2. Medical Funding for AIDS patients.
  3. Funding for Reducing AIDS infection from Mother to the New-Born Baby.
  4. Milk funds for infants under the "Reduce AIDS effects from Mother to the New-Born Baby" Program.
  5. The Foundation of Professor Dr. Mom Rajawongse Galyanakit Kitiyakara.
  6. The Program of Life Giving to the Parents of AIDS-infected Babies.
  7. Funds for Cancer Treatment in Children
  8. The Princess Pa Foundation

Titles, styles and honoursEdit

Styles of
Princess Soamsawali of Thailand
 
Reference styleHer Royal Highness
Spoken styleYour Royal Highness
 
Royal cypher Flags of Princess Soamsawali

HonoursEdit

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