On November 17, 2023, CCTV released an exclusive interview with Princess Sirindhorn of Thailand.
There are not many foreigners who can appear on CCTV's exclusive interview program, which shows that this gray-haired, ordinary-looking Thai princess has something extraordinary.
The closest Thai princess
Around the Qingming Festival in 2018, a special remembrance came to the Wenchuan earthquake site, but looking at her figure and appearance, she seemed to be an ordinary Chinese old lady, except that there were more entourages around her.
This gray-haired, ordinary-looking old man is none other than Princess Sirindhorn of Thailand and the sister of the current King Maha of Thailand.
Princess Sirindhorn paid tribute to the victims of the Wenchuan earthquake and offered flowers to represent her mourning.
At this moment, Princess Sirindhorn is not at all like a Thai aristocratic princess, she sadly seems to be a relative and friend of these victims.
In fact, when the Wenchuan earthquake first occurred ten years ago, Princess Sirindhorn had donated 10 million yuan to help rebuild schools in the disaster area.
She not only contributed money but also help, and while handling the affairs of her country, she also personally coordinated the plane to transport relief supplies to Wenchuan.
When some serious natural disasters such as the Lushan earthquake in Sichuan and the Ludian earthquake in Yunnan occurred later, Princess Sirindhorn donated money and materials to the local area.
I have to say that Princess Sirindhorn is a very caring aristocratic princess, and she truly cares for every victim without borders.
In addition to donating to the disaster areas in China, Sirindhorn himself is also very passionate about Chinese culture. She is proficient in Chinese and her Chinese proficiency has reached the level of professional translator in Thailand.
It is reported that in an event to promote Chinese culture, she pointed out "colored lanterns" instead of "stepping on lanterns". It can be seen that the level of some Chinese translations in Thailand is even inferior to Princess Sirindhorn.
Princess Sirindhorn is also the first member of the Thai royal family to visit China, and since Princess Sirindhorn's first visit to China in 1981, she has visited China almost every year to learn about the excellent traditional Chinese culture.
As of November 2023, she has visited China 50 times.
This figure is enough to show that Princess Sirindhorn loves China from the bottom of her heart, and she has long regarded the Chinese people as her friends.
It is also because of Princess Sirindhorn's love for Chinese culture that Thailand has also set off a wave of enthusiasm for learning Chinese.
Princess Sirindhorn's love for the Chinese people and traditional culture is also seen by the people and leaders of our country.
In 2019, the top leader of the mainland awarded the "Friendship Medal" to Princess Sirindhorn, and there are very few foreign friends who can receive such honors, which belongs to the officially recognized "good friends".
Princess Sirindhorn can love and care so much for us Chinese people, and she loves her own people even more.
The Thai people also love this princess who is close to the people, after all, this princess is really doing things for the working people, not a superior who does not eat the fireworks of the world.
Sirindhorn's reputation among the Thai people is even higher than that of the current Thai King Maha, and Sirindhorn did have the hope of being the king of Thailand.
Unable to take the throne because of his gender
Sirindhorn is the third daughter of the previous King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit of Thailand, with an older brother and an older sister below.
Sirindhorn has been very intelligent since she was a child, and she doesn't need her parents to worry about her studies at all, and she is a veritable top student.
During the college entrance examination, she was admitted to Chulalongkorn University, Thailand's highest university, with the fourth score in the country, which is extremely rare among members of the royal family.
After all, most of the children of the royal family are not obsessed with academics, and they use prestigious schools to package their resumes.
Among Bhumibol's four children, the best is also Sirindhorn, and the most unpromising is the only son Maha.
King Bhumibol himself once said, "Sirindhorn is the best of my four children, the closest to the Thai people." ”
King Bhumibol is not so simple as saying it casually, he really recognizes the ability of his daughter Sirindhorn, and feels that Sirindhorn can manage the whole of Thailand.
He even went so far as to appoint Sirindhorn as the crown prince, the first crown prince of Thailand's Chokri dynasty.
King Bhumibol himself does not value sons over daughters, but values the ability of his successor, but Queen Sirikit is a traditional mother who only looks at gender and not ability.
It stands to reason that both children are their own children, and there is no need to favor one of them.
Stopped by Queen Sirikit and the Yukun family, Princess Sirindhorn's hopes of becoming the female king of Thailand were completely disappointed, and she could only give up the throne to her brother Maha, who was uneducated and unskilled.
Compared with the image of her sister Shilin's commuting politics and love the people, Maha is completely an extremely negative image. He has a chaotic private life, never cares about national affairs, and always does some ridiculous things.
But Princess Sirindhorn had to succumb to it because of gender issues, and could only be an auxiliary princess and a hard-working courtier.
Although she failed to get the throne of Thailand, Princess Sirindhorn is still doing her best to do more practical and good things for the Thai people.
When the epidemic broke out in 2020, King Maha took his wife and his entourage to hide in Germany, completely ignoring the lives of the Thai people.
In desperation, Princess Sirindhorn had no choice but to come out to preside over the overall situation, and at this time, Princess Sirindhorn suddenly fell ill and had to work in a wheelchair to reassure the people.
Princess Sirindhorn, who is now sixty-eight years old, still has to come out from time to time with her sick body to clean up the mess for her brother Maha.
However, the Thai people have bright eyes, they know who is really dedicated to the people, and Princess Sirindhorn will also gain the love of the people if she has to pay.