World’s ‘most stylish royal’ is Thai princess, say Tatler

Accomplished: Sirivannavari Nariratana, 31, is a Thai princess, one who juggles her royal duties with the responsibility of running her own clothing and accessories label. Pictured, the royal outside Giambattista Valli at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week last month

With her designer wardrobe, front row appearances and flawless personal style, you would be forgiven for thinking this glamorous brunette is fashion newest It girl.

But in fact Sirivannavari Nariratana, 31, is a Thai princess, one who juggles her royal duties with the responsibility of running her own clothing and accessories label.

Princess Sirivannavari, the daughter of King Vajiralongkorn, 66, is featured in the current September issue of Tatler magazine, where she is praised for having a dazzling list of accomplishments that would be befitting of a fairytale royal.

Style icon: The princess, daughter of King Vajiralongkorn, 66, mixes a feminine silhouette with ultra modern plastic lace-up shoes for Christian Dior at Paris Fashion Week last September 
Style icon: The princess, daughter of King Vajiralongkorn, 66, mixes a feminine silhouette with ultra modern plastic lace-up shoes for Christian Dior at Paris Fashion Week last September 

Making a statement: Princess Sirivannavari at Chanel at Paris Fashion Week in October 2017
Making a statement: Princess Sirivannavari at Chanel at Paris Fashion Week in October 2017

It is far from the first time the princess has graced the pages of a glossy magazine.

This year alone Sirivannavari has been on the cover of Vogue Thailand and Elle Thailand, and has been featured in Hong Kong Tatler.

Just last month she was spotted attending a number of the hottest show’s at Paris Fashion Week, demonstrating her elegant, feminine style at Christian Dior and Chanel, among others.

Her first taste on the international fashion stage came in 2004 when she showed a collection from her eponymous label, Sirivannavari, as a guest designer at Milan Fashion Week.

In September 2007 French fashion powerhouse Pierre Balmain invited the royal, then a 20-year-old fashion undergraduate, to present her collection at Paris Fashion Week.

Front row regular: Princess Sirivannavari, pictured in blue, at Ellie Saab, Paris in October 2011
Front row regular: Princess Sirivannavari, pictured in blue, at Ellie Saab, Paris in October 2011

Packed schedule: The princess at the Christian Dior show at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week last month, left, and in tweed at the Chanel show the following day, right

Jet-setter: The princess attends the Men's Final at the French Open in June this year
Jet-setter: The princess attends the Men’s Final at the French Open in June this year

Two years later Princess Sirivannavari received a bachelor’s degree from Bangkok’s esteemed Chulalongkorn University, graduating with a major in fashion design.

In 2010 the princess left her beloved home to spend the year studying in Paris.

She has also presented collections in Milan and studied in Rome, although her focus remains on her business in Thailand.

Speaking to Tatler, Princess Sirivannavari described her grandmother HM Queen Sikrit as a ‘true icon’ of fashion. Her father, the country’s beloved head of state, is also known for his sartorial flair.

A-list events: Princess Sirivannavari  at the official dinner on the Opera terraces after the religious wedding of Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco in Monaco in July 2011
A-list events: Princess Sirivannavari at the official dinner on the Opera terraces after the religious wedding of Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco in Monaco in July 2011

The princess recently received a government award for contemporary artists, becoming the first royal to be honoured.

Sirivannavari, an honorary member of the Thai national badminton team, also continues to make time for her other passion: horse riding.

The royal has competed for her country in dressage, including an appearance at the 2013 South East Asian Games.

She told the magazine: ‘I train six days a week, I’ll ride three horses for an hour each. I’ve had injuries.

‘I’ve broken my leg, I have a screw in my left foot, but I have never given up. I put all my efforts into achieving my goals.’

Sporting prowess: Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana on one of her horses, Prince Charming, at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, in 2014
Sporting prowess: Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana on one of her horses, Prince Charming, at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, in 2014

Support: The royal waves to the crowds during the international competition in South Korea in 2014. The princess has represented her country in dressage and badminton
Support: The royal waves to the crowds during the international competition in South Korea in 2014. The princess has represented her country in dressage and badminton

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