Soamsawali

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Soamsawali
Princess of Thailand
Soamsavali Kitiyakara.jpg
The Princess in Norway on 31 July 2010
Spouse Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn (m.1977, div.1991)
Issue Princess Bajrakitiyabha
House Chakri Dynasty
House of Kitiyakara
Father Adulakit Kitiyakara
Mother Princess Bandhu Savali Yugala
Born (1957-07-13) 13 July 1957 (age 57)
Guy's Hospital, London, England, United Kingdom
Religion Buddhism

Soamsawali (Thai: โสมสวลี; Thai pronunciation: [sǒːm.sà(ʔ).wá(ʔ).liː]; RTGS: Somsawali), born Mom Luang Soamsawali Kitiyakara[1] (Thai: โสมสวลี กิติยากร; RTGS: Somsawali Kitiyakon; on 13 July 1957) is a member of the Thai Royal Family, and is the former wife of her first cousin, Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn. She was titled "the Princess Mother of the King's First Grandchild" after her divorce with the Crown Prince in 1991. She is also a niece of Queen Sirikit.

Biography[edit]

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 Thanpuying Bandhu Savali Kitiyakara (born Princess Bandhu Savali Yugala). She also 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 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.

Marriage[edit]

On 3 January 1977, at the age of 20, 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 (th: 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 the citing of numerous irreconcilable differences.

The Princess Niece[edit]

After her divorce of the Crown Prince, the King, by virtue of a 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 (translate in English as The Princess Mother of the King's First Grandchild).

Princess Soamsawali had adopted daughter, Siraphatchara Sophatcharamani or Bai Phlu.[2][3][4]

Accomplishments[edit]

Since the divorce, Princess Soamsawali has been performing many functions on behalf of the Royal household. She has shown keen interests in public health and social welfare. The following Thai Red Cross Society programs are officially 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[edit]

Styles of
Princess Soamsawali of Thailand
Reference style Her Royal Highness
Spoken style Your Royal Highness
Alternative style Ma'am
Royal cypher of Princess Soamsawali

Her titles since her birth to present:

  • The Honourable Soamsawali Kitiyakara (13 July 1957 – 3 January 1977)
  • The Honourable Soamsawali Mahidol (3 January 1977)
  • Her Royal Highness Princess Soamsawali, Consort of the Crown Prince (3 January 1977 – 12 August 1991)
  • Her Royal Highness Princess Soamsawali (12 August 1991 – present)

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Soamsawali
Born: 13 July 1957
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Ubolratana Rajakanya
The Princess Mother
of the King's First Grandchild

7th position
Succeeded by
Bajrakitiyabha