THE Princess of Thailand is known for her unprecedented royal lifestyle, as she has bent the rules in the past with regards to the Thai royal protocol.
But who is the 67-year-old princess and what has she said about running for Prime Minister? Here’s what we know.
Who is Princess Ubolratana Mahidol?
Princess Ubolratana Mahidol, 67, is a member of the Thai royal family, former actress, and as of recently – a politician.
She is the eldest child of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit.
King Maha Vajiralongkorn succeeded to the throne of Thailand in December 2016 – 50 days after his father died.
She attended university in the US, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in maths from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
She received her master’s degree in public health from University of California at Los Angeles.
In 1972, she quit her royal duties and moved to the US after she married Peter Ladd Jensen.
However, the couple divorced in 1998 after which Ubolratana returned to Thailand and resumed her royal duties.
In 2001, after a series of visits to Thailand in the years following her divorce, she permanently returned to Thailand.
She then started many charities that focused on improving the quality of life for people in Thailand.
She was an actress for a brief period of time, during which she was featured in a Thai film Where The Miracle Happens (2008) and a few other less notable films.
The 67-year-old princess has three children, one of which died in the 2004 tsunami.
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What has she said about running for prime minister?
Earlier this year, Princess Ubolratana announced that she would run for prime minister for a populist party in the upcoming general elections.
Her decision is an unprecedented one, as it breaks with the tradition of the Thai royal family publicly staying out of politics.
Thailand’s election is scheduled to take place on 24 March.
The election is being closely watched as the first chance for Thailand to return to democracy after five years under military rule, reported Standard.