Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya of Thailand, (born April 5, 1951 in Lausanne, Switzerland), is a princess of Thailand and the eldest child of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Consort Sirikit. She relinquished her royal title and settled in the United States with her husband, Peter Ladd Jensen, but came back to Thailand after divorcing in 1998.
Since her return to Thailand, she has increasingly taken part in royal ceremonies, though not to the extent of her royal siblings. In 2008, she began a film career, playing the main role in the Thai film Where The Miracle Happens.
Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya is the eldest daughter and the eldest child of King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX of Thailand) and Queen Sirikit, the Queen Regent of Thailand. She was born on April 5, 1951, at Mont Suisse Hospital, Lausanne, Switzerland. She returned to Thailand and stayed at Ambhornsathan Throne Hall, Dusit Palace. She was styled Her Royal Highness by her father at the Royal Celebration of the first month birthday ceremony, King Bhumibol Adulyadej gave her name and style Her Royal Highness Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Barnavadi. Her names are derived from several royal ancestors:
The name Ubol Ratana comes from her maternal grandmother Mom Luang Bua Sanitvongse
The name Siri comes from the name of her mother, Queen Sirikit.
The name Vadhana comes from the name of her paternal great-grandmother, Queen Sri Savarindira (Savang Vadhana), the Queen Grandmother.
Moreover, she got her nickname, La Poupée, which means Doll. Her parents often called her Pée.
She has taken part in royal duties since she was very young.
In 4th SEA Games in 1967 in Bangkok, H.M. The King and Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya competed in the sport of sailing and won gold medals.
Princess Ubol Ratana attended primary to secondary levels at Chitralada School. The Princess left Thailand to United States for her tertiary education. She studied Mathematics at MIT and Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry in 1973 later obtained a Master's Degree in public health at University of California at Los Angeles.
It was while at M.I.T. that she first met the man she would marry, Peter Ladd Jensen.
On July 25, 1972, Princess Ubol Ratana relinquished her royal titles to marry Jensen, and then settled in the United States with her husband for over 26 years. Her husband, as a foreigner, did not receive any royal titles. After years of rumored marital problems, they divorced in 1998. Princess Ubol Ratana and her children lived in San Diego until 2001, when they relocated back to Thailand.
While living in the United States, Princess Ubol Ratana and Peter Ladd Jensen had three children: two daughters and a son, all born in the United States.
Khun Ploypailin Jensen (born February 12, 1981)
Khun Bhumi Jensen (affectionately known as Khun Poom) (August 16, 1983 – December 26, 2004) who had autism. Princess Ubol Ratana established the Khun Poom Foundation in his memory, to aid children with autism and other learning disabilities.
Khun Sirikitiya Jensen (born March 18, 1985)
While Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Jensen remained in the U.S., her mother Queen Sirikit and other members of the Royal family often flew to the United States for visits. Ubol Ratana likewise flew to Thailand along with her husband to visit her parents and the other members of the Royal Family, while joining them and taking part in royal ceremonies with the Royal Family when she visited Thailand.
While living in the United States, Princess Ubol Ratana came to Thailand to visit the Royal Family many times. The first time, in 1980, she visited her parents and the other members of the Royal Family. The second time, in 1982, she came to attend the Royal Wedding of her sister, Princess Chulabhorn Walailak and Royal Thai Air Force Flight Lieutenant Virayudh Didyasarin. The third time, in 1987, she joined the Royal Celebration of the King's 60th Birthday Anniversary, 5 December 1987. The fourth time, in 1992, she joined the Royal Celebration of the Queen's 60th Birthday Anniversary, 12 August 1992. The last time she visited was in 1996, joining and taking part in the Royal Funeral and Cremation of her grandmother, Princess Srinagarindra, the Princess Mother. She did not return again until her divorce in 1998, at which time she and her children permanently relocated to Thailand in 2001. She was given the title Tunkramom Ying, which means that "Daughter to the Queen Regent"
Princess Ubol Ratana was born with the titles of Her Royal Highness and Princess Chao Fa, but gave these up on her marriage to an American citizen, Peter Ladd Jensen. Her title, Chao Fa was lost because she married a commoner. She had previously held the royal title Chao Fa Ubolratana Rajakunya. She still retains the style of Tunkramom Ying, which means that "Daughter to the Queen Regent". Since her return to Thailand, she has increasingly taken part in royal ceremonies, though not to the extent of her royal siblings.
Her Royal Highness Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya (1951 - 1972)
Mrs. Ubolratana Rajakanya Jensen / Mrs. Julie Jensen (1972 - 1998)
Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya (1998 - Present)
Princess Ubol Ratana acted in the Thai movie "Where The Miracle Happens", released in August 2008. She plays the drama's main role of a lonely-at-the-top woman CEO who begins a life of philanthropy after the death of her only daughter. On October 2010, She plays the Movie is My Best Bodyguard. In real life the princess lost her only son in the 26 December 2004 tsunami that swept Thailand and other countries in the region.