Royal lifestyle

29 11 2009

It is that time of the year again. As we get closer to the king’s birthday, the syrupy articles extolling all of the alleged wonders of the king and royalty appear with even greater regularity. PPT doesn’t propose to comment on them in any detail. We will be tempted to make short observations from time to time.

We wonder if the king will appear or be released from hospital for his birthday. This hospitalization has now been for 9-10 weeks and it is almost 3 weeks since the monarch was said to be well on the road to recovery.

The Nation web page on Sunday has 2-3 articles on royalty, and a couple of them were noteworthy. The first was the story of the man who looks after the royal automobile fleet and the second was another polishing up of Sirivannavari Nariratana as a great designer.

The former story rivals the royal toothpaste tube veneration of previous years (if any reader can find a framed picture of the squeezed tube, we’d be pleased to post it). It is the usual smoke and mirrors because the royal family has a huge fleet of expensive vehicles, with the king’s Maybach 62 being one of the world’s most expensive cars, running at about US$3 million if it was purchased in Thailand (in Europe, it runs only to about 400,000 to 500,000 Euros). the comments about Chinese ethnicity and relationship to the monarchy might be interesting for some readers.

The story on Sirivannavari Nariratana is a kind of a follow-up to earlier stories about her designing. Readers will be intrigued to learn that her

new collection for her very own Sirivannavari label were inspired by her travels along the French Riviera, around Cairo and between the Greek island of Santorini and Capri in Italy. Entitled “The World is Not Enough” – at least that seems appropriate to this story – the princess says she created her collection while training with Giorgio Armani. What a life. Armani, Greek island, Capri and the Riviera!



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