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Princess Bajrakitiyabha addresses a U.N. General Assembly high-level meeting on the rule of law at U.N. headquarters in New York on Sept. 24, 2012. (Courtesy of United Nations.)
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Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol: Thailand's royal diplomat, lawyer, advocate

From public service to her informal lifestyle, princess leads new generation of Thai royalty

DOMINIC FAULDER, Associate editor, Nikkei Asian Review | Thailand

BANGKOK -- Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol has a unique position in Thailand, both by birth and from her life experience. She is the oldest child of the country's new king, Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, and was the first grandchild of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit.

A senior diplomat described the princess in 2009 as enjoying "an increasingly high profile and a reputation for being perhaps the sharpest of the royal family members."

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