Simplicity, warmth win hearts

Published on April 30, 2005

Mom Srirasmi Mahidol na Ayudhya entered the public limelight on January 23, 2002, when she made her first official appearance alongside His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn with her captivatingly sweet smile and unassuming yet graceful manner.

Just over three years later, when she received a Sukhothaithammathirat Open University’s bachelor’s degree in management science from his hand, Mom Srirasmi was firmly in the hearts of Thai people. And that strong bond will only get stronger after she gave birth to the Prince’s son yesterday.

Born on December 9, 1971 and a Samut Songkhram native, Mom Srirasmi has been described by the Prince as a simple and modest person who made his family life whole.

Following her first official appearance, more of the story of Mom Srirasami was revealed when the Prince gave a special interview to the media on January 25, 2002.

He said he had spent about 10 years observing Mom Srirasmi before deciding she would be the one to complete his family life.

“I am now 50 years old and think I should have a complete family,” the Prince said during the interview.

“I would like to set up a good family and she helps me take care of household issues and take care of my servants, as well as serving Her Majesty.”

Mom Srirasmi met the Prince for the first time in 1993 when she started working as a civil servant in charge of waiting on him.

The two registered their marriage on February 10, 2001 and were granted wedding holy water on their hands by His Majesty in a quiet ceremony inside the palace.

The Prince said Mom Srirasmi had made his domestic life happy with her simple way of living.

“Mom [Srirasmi] likes to stay home to take care of family and children. She is a kind-hearted and gentle person who is friendly to all,” he said in the 2002 interview.

“Mom came from a family of ordinary people ... Her parents were not rich and are still not rich. She is not used to rites or any high-society protocols. She is modest and patient and never says bad things toward anyone. She lives a simple life and most of all, she brings warmth to the family and makes home a home.”

After Mom Srirasmi finished high school at Bangkok Accounting College, she enrolled at Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University in 1997 and graduated in 2002.

The news of her pregnancy was announced by the Royal Household Bureau on February 14, Valentine’s Day.

Five days later, Mom Srirasmi further announced to the public during an interview that an ultrasound scan showed that she had conceived a boy.

“The ultrasound showed that it’s a boy. His nose is big like mine. He has big eyes, long fingers and long limbs,” Mom Srirasmi said.

She said she would breast-feed her child and was happy each time there was a kick inside her womb.

“I became happy to feel the kicking. I touched my womb when he kicked,” Mom Srirasmi said.

She added that the Prince was very excited and had prepared a room for the baby. “He goes to check the room every day,” she said.

She said she took care of herself during the pregnancy by eating foods as recommended by an official nutritionist, and also did yoga every day.

Those who work closely with Mom Srirasmi describe her as being gentle and a kind-hearted person and a good housewife.

MC Phisadej Ratchanee, chairwoman of the Royal Projects Foundation, said she was impressed by Mom Srirasmi because of her kindness and gentleness.

“She is a good housewife who likes to decorate the house,” Phisadej added. She said Mom Srirasmi also loved Thai foods, especially nam prik (chilli paste).

Pichitra Boonyarataphan, the owner of the Pichitra Boutique who works with Mom Srirasami on a Royal project, said Mom Srirasmi had been taking care of herself during the pregnancy by eating nutritious foods, especially vegetables grown using a non-toxic technique inside the palace’s compound.

Mom Srirasmi also works for Her Majesty the Queen’s Foundation for the Promotion of Supplementary Occupations and Related Techniques.

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