Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana

When I knew that Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana, the beloved sister of His Majesty the King, has died after a length illness at Siriraj Hospital, I felt so sad. The Royal Houselhold Bureau has announced that the princess passed away at 02:54 Wednesday morning January 2, 2007. I don’t know how to express my feeling. I wanted to write about Her Royal Highness but I’m afraid my English is not strong enough. My tears fell down when I watched her biography on television.

I was a student of L’Alliance française de Bangkok. I studied French as my major when I was in high school. I remember that there’s a award for student who studies French exellent. I can’t remember the name of the award though. This award will be given by Her Royal Highness.

The Princess took up a guest lecturer post with various local universities, focusing on foreign languages and linguistics, especially French. She also sought new methods and theories to improve the teaching of language, and frequently gave advice to teachers of language and literature.

The Princess founded the Association of Teachers of French in Thailand, aimed at improving teaching methods and promoting research into language, art, and culture at all levels and in all disciplines. The Princess served as President of the Association from 1977 to 1981, and was the Honourary President.

Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana will always be in my memory.