Princess Bajrakitiyabha “Pa” Mahidol
Princess Bajrakitiyabha is the oldest daughter of Thailand’s King Vajiralongkorn. She was born on 7 December 1978. She is the only child of Vajiralongkorn and Princess Soamsavali. She is also the first grandchild of King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit.
Princess Bajrakitiyabha studied at the all-girls Rajini School when she was in elementary and junior high school. She moved to England and began her secondary education first at Heathfield School in Ascot, finishing at the Chitralada School. Princess Bajrakitiyabha received a LL.B. degree from Thammasat University, as well a B.A. degree in International Relations from Sukhothai Thammatirat University, both in 2000. She subsequently obtained a LL.M. degree from Cornell Law School in 2002 and a J.S.D. degree from Cornell University in 2005. On 12 May 2012 she was awarded an honorary LL.D. degree from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.
On completion of her doctorate Princess Bajrakitiyabha worked for a time at the Thai Permanent mission to the United Nations, in New York City, before returning to Thailand. In September 2006 she was appointed Attorney of the Office of the Attorney General in Bangkok, and currently appointed to Office of the Attorney General of Udon Thani Province.
She runs the “Kamlangjai” or “Inspire” project to reach out to incarcerated Thai women including pregnant inmates and their babies, and intends to assure that female and pregnant inmates are given adequate assistance to prepare them to reenter society upon release. She is also working on the project called “ELFI”, “Enhancing lives of Female Inmates”, which proposes new rules for the treatment of women prisoners and non-custodial measures for women offenders as a supplement to the 1955 Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners.
Another project that the princess is engaged in is “Friend in need of ‘PA'” or “Princess Pa Foundation”. Her mother, Princess Soamsavali and the princess founded the foundation in 1995 when Bangkok was flooded. The foundation aims to help poor people in rural areas and people affected by natural disasters. From 2012 to 2014, she was the Thai Ambassador to Austria, until she took a post at the Office of the Attorney General.