Eighteen women given titles of 'khunying'
Col Khunying Chitrawadee Chulanont, wife of the prime minister, was among seven ''khunying'' title holders elevated to ''thanpuying'' in a ceremony marking Coronation Day yesterday. The other six are Khunying Srinat Suriya, M.R. Prasarnsuwan Suwannarat, Khunying Wanida Poonsiri, Khunying Parani Lamsam, Col Khun Ni-orn Sanitwong na Ayutthaya and Khunying Tassaniya Suwannarat.
They were awarded the Dame Grand Commander (Second Class) of the Most Illustrious Order of Chulachomklao decoration.
Mom Kamala Yukol na Ayutthaya, wife of movie director M.C. Chatrichalerm, along with 17 other women, was made a Member of the Most Illustrious Order of Chulachomklao (Fourth Class), giving them the title of khunying.
The 17 others are Noppakhun Yuchamnong, Supatra Jarujaron, M.L. Yuwanwaree Kittiyakorn, M.R. Thippawadee Dulalampa, M.R. Duenden Kittiyakorn, Dr Wanna Sombunwibun, Pattama Leesawattrakul, Ornsri Wangwiwat, Jongrak Sangprasit, Bang-orn Kemajaru, Maj-Gen Tassanee Patjusanont, M.R. Emjit Jittrapong, M.L. Hiranyika Wannamethi, Sukanya Burana, Col Warunee Amatayakul, Sasiwong Puengtrakul and Jintana Thupthong, who is HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn's personal nurse.
Fifty-three women and 54 men were bestowed royal decorations by His Majesty the King at the Grand Palace yesterday. Privy councillors Kasem Wattanachai and Palakorn Suwannarat were awarded the Knight Grand Cross (First Class) of the Most Illustrious Order of Chulachomklao decoration. Various classes of orders were established in 1873 by King Rama V.