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Princess Soamsawali suffers second stroke this year

Princess Soamsawali of Thailand, the former wife and first cousin of the King Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand, has suffered another stroke. She previously suffered a stroke in February of this year. The 61-year-old Princess was admitted to the King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital in Bangkok on Saturday.

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(Princess Soamsawali in centre of photo against the wall)

She was last seen earlier this month when her former husband gave members of the Royal Family new titles in honour of his coronation. She was seen attending in a wheelchair and was practically motionless.

In August of last year, the Princess was admitted to the Chulalongkorn Hospital for treatment of a swollen shin of the right leg, which was diagnosed as a tissue infection. Her condition improved after being receiving medication until she experienced a weakness in her right hand. She underwent a brain scan where it was discovered that certain parts of her brain were suffering from a blood deficiency, which required the administration of an antiplatelet drug. The Princess had been undergoing physical therapy to restore the strength in her right arm and hand.

Princess Soamsawali is the eldest child of Mom Rajawongse Adulyakit Kitiyakara and Princess Bandhu Savali Yugala. Her father was the elder brother of Queen Sirikit of Thailand. On 3 January 1977, she married her first cousin, the current King Maha Vajiralongkorn, and she became known as Her Royal Highness Princess Soamsawali, Royal Consort of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand. Their only child, Princess Bajrakitiyabha of Thailand, was born on 7 December 1978. Their marriage ended in divorce in 1991. After the divorce, her former father-in-law granted her a new title, Phravararajatinuddamat, meaning the mother of the King’s first grandchild. She still performs royal duties on behalf of the King and has shown an interest in public health and social welfare. She is the patron of several Thai Red Cross Society programmes.

While the Princess never remarried, her former husband went on to marry and divorce two more times. He has five more children by Sujarinee Vivacharawongse to whom he was briefly married between 1994 and 1996. She and their sons fled to the United States, while their daughter remained in Thailand and is known as Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana. He has a son, Crown Prince Dipangkorn with Srirasmi Suwadee, to whom he was married between 2001 and 2014. He remarried shortly before his coronation to Suthida Tidjai.

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