During the King Rama 4 era (1851-1868), Thais viewed England as a role model for prosperity, so our country was developed similarly to England…Thais appreciated the significance of England and its civilisation. Besides, England was ruled by a monarchy. This is why Thailand and England share similarities.

– Associate Fellow of the Royal Institute Professor Emeritus Piyanart Bunnag quoted in Anasuya Sanyal, “Royal wedding fever reaches Thailand”, Channel News Asia, 26 April 2011.

As an aside, can anybody tell us why Princess Sirindhorn’s attendance at Britain’s royal wedding has reportedly yet to be confirmed? This earlier New Mandala discussion captures some thoughts on her recent activities. And if Princess Sirindhorn does not attend will there by other Thai royals in her stead?