25 Facts About Sirikit Kitiyakara


Sirikit Kitiyakara was Queen of Thailand as the wife of Bhumibol Adulyadej and is the mother of the current King Vajiralongkorn.

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Sirikit Kitiyakara met Bhumibol in Paris, where her father was Thai ambassador.

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Sirikit Kitiyakara suffered a stroke on 21 July 2012 and has since refrained from public appearances.

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Sirikit Kitiyakara was born on 12 August 1932, at the home of Lord Vongsanuprabhand, her maternal grandfather.

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Sirikit Kitiyakara is the eldest daughter and the third child of Prince Nakkhatra Mangkala Kitiyakara, the son of Prince Kitiyakara Voralaksana, and Mom Luang Bua Snidvongs.

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Sirikit Kitiyakara had three siblings, two elder brothers and a younger sister:.

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Sirikit Kitiyakara was raised by her maternal grandparents for a year after her birth, since her father was in the United States to work as the secretary of the Siamese Embassy at Washington, DC Her mother joined her husband three months later.

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Sirikit Kitiyakara lived together with her family in Deves Palace, near the Chao Phraya River, Bangkok.

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At age four, Sirikit Kitiyakara attended the Kindergarten College at Rajini School, where she studied at the primary level.

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Sirikit Kitiyakara therefore moved to Saint Francis Xavier Convent School, since it was near the palace.

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Sirikit Kitiyakara studied at Saint Francis Xavier from her second primary year through the early secondary level.

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Also in France, Sirikit Kitiyakara met King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who was related to her, since both were descendants of King Chulalongkorn.

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Sirikit Kitiyakara accompanied the king as he visited various tourist attractions, and they found that they had much in common.

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Sirikit Kitiyakara injured his back and incurred cuts on his face that cost him most of the sight in one eye.

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Sirikit Kitiyakara met his mother, The Princess Mother Sangwan, who asked her to continue her studies nearby so that the king could get to know her better.

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Sirikit Kitiyakara later received the Order of the Royal House of Chakri, and became queen.

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Sirikit Kitiyakara performed her duties so well that she was officially named the Regent of Thailand and the King gave her the title 'Somdet Phra Nang Chao Sirikit Phra Borommarachininat' on his birthday, 5 December 1956.

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Sirikit Kitiyakara became the second Siamese queen regent in Thai history.

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At dawn on 21 July 2012, Queen Sirikit Kitiyakara felt unsteady and staggered while exercising at Siriraj Hospital, where King Bhumibol Adulyadej resided.

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Queen Sirikit Kitiyakara's birthday, like the king's, is a national holiday, and is Mothers' Day in Thailand.

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Sirikit Kitiyakara is particularly revered in the more remote and traditional parts of the country, where the monarchy is regarded as semi-divine.

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Sirikit Kitiyakara is considered to be one of the more quiet diplomats.

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Queen Sirikit Kitiyakara published In Memory of my European Trip in 1964, which described her time in Europe with the king.

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Queen Sirikit Kitiyakara is well known for her charitable work, where she is the honorary president of the Thai Red Cross, a post she has held since 1956.

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Sirikit Kitiyakara gained new prominence in this role in the aftermath of the tsunami disaster in southern Thailand in December 2004.

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