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Happy Birthday HRH Princess Chulabhorn Walailak
courtesy of the Bureau of the Royal Household)
Born on July 4, 1957,
Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn Walailak is the younger sister of His
Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun and the youngest
daughter of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit.
She has two daughters, HRH Princess Siribhachudhabhorn and HRH Princess
Princess Chulabhorn graduated from the Faculty of Science and Arts at
Kasetsart University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organic Chemistry,
First Class Honors, in 1979, following with a doctorate in 1985, being
awarded a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Organic Chemistry from Mahidol
University in July of that year, capping off a record of excellent academic
In 1986, she was appointed as an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of
Chemistry in London and was awarded the Einstein Gold Medal by the United
Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
The following year, she undertook post-doctoral studies in Germany, and has
since been a visiting professor at universities in Japan, Germany, and the
United States, as well as holding Honorary Doctorates from many universities
around the world.
Her Royal Highness is chairperson of the Working Group on the Chemistry of
Natural Products, a collaborative program between the Japanese Society for
the Promotion of Science and the National Research Council of Thailand.
HRH the Princess has received international recognition for her scientific
accomplishments, resulting in her appointment to various United Nations
posts, namely special advisor to the United Nations Environment Program and
member of the Special High-Level Council for the International Decade for
Natural Disaster Reduction of the United Nations.
As a result of her experience as a scientist, HRH the Princess became aware
of the difficulties Thai researchers have in obtaining the necessary funding
for their research and so, in 1987, she established the Chulabhorn Research
Institute to provide a new fund-raising agency for such research.
This institute now acts as a focal point for the exchange of intellectual
and other resources in Thailand, for the purpose of solving urgent problems
confronting the country in areas of health, environment, and agriculture.
As president of the Chulabhorn Research Institute, HRH the Princess
currently directs many special research projects, including the AIDS
program; a program on restoration and integrated development of the
flood-affected areas in Southern Thailand; seawater irrigation for
cultivation of economic marine species and preservation of the mangrove
forests; a rabies eradication program, with a special project for
accelerated immunization in five southern provinces in Thailand; the Light
for Life Foundation for Epilepsy, Chulalongkorn Comprehensive Epilepsy
Program; Tabtim Siam Secondary School in Surin province; and the ‘Voice of
Dharma for the Public’ Radio Station in Udon Thani province.
Through these programs HRH the Princess plays an auspicious role in
improving the environment and living standards of the villagers in a number
of Thai provinces.
Thank you HRH Princess Chulabhorn for your lifetime of dedication.
All of us at the Chiang Mai Mail join the entire Kingdom in wishing
Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn a Most Happy 61st Birthday on the
fourth of July 2018.
HRH Princess Soamsawalee
joins the people of Thailand to humbly wish Her Royal Highness Princess
Soamsawalee a very Happy Birthday Thursday, July 13. (Photo courtesy of the
Bureau of the Royal Household)
HRH Princess Soamsawalee of Thailand
was born on July 13, 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 Thanpuying Bandhu Savali
Kitiyakara (Princess Bandhu Savali Yugala). She has one younger sister, Mom
Luang Sarali Kitiyakara, born April 8, 1966.
of Princess Soamsawalee.
(Photo courtesy of the Bureau of the Royal Household)
Her father was the second child of
Prince Nakkhatra Mangkala Kitiyakara, the Prince of Chantaburi II and Mom
Luang Bua Sanidvongs. Her mother was daughter of Prince Bhanubandhu Yugala
and Mom Luang Soiraya Sanidvongs.
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.
HRH Princess Soamsawalee has shown keen
interests in public health and social welfare. The following Thai Red Cross
Society programs are officially under her patronage: The Reducing AIDS
Infection from Mother to New-Born Baby Program; Medical Funding for AIDS
patients; Funding for Reducing AIDS infection from Mother to the New-Born
Baby; Milk funds for infants under the “Reduce AIDS effects from Mother to
the New-Born Baby” Program; The Foundation of Professor Dr. Mom Rajawongse
Galyanakit Kitiyakara; The Program of Life Giving to the Parents of
AIDS-infected Babies; Funds for Cancer Treatment in Children; The Princess
HRH Princess Soamsawalee, through her
office, is very active in relief efforts throughout Thailand.
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