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Princess gives a Royal blessing to Grantham man and his fiancee in Thai palace

Meeting Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, of Thailand (centre) are Liam Breen and Ana Jongskul

Meeting Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, of Thailand (centre) are Liam Breen and Ana Jongskul

It’s not every day you get invited into a palace to meet a member of a Royal family, particularly not one of the monarchy of Thailand.

So photographs of the special visit will surely be treasured by the Breen family for generations to come.

Jon and Helen Breen made the trip to Thailand at the request of their son, Liam, who is due to marry his Thai fiancee, Ana Jongskul, on Boxing Day.

The bride- and groom-to-be applied for a Royal blessing from Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, and were among very few chosen.

Both sets of parents were invited, all of whom had to wear specially designed, traditional outfits, follow strict rules and carry out a rehearsal before the blessing.

Helen, of St Vincent’s Road, Grantham, said: “It was quite nerve-wracking.

“The blessing was like nothing you could imagine. Liam and Ana had to go up to the princess and bow, then we did it, then Ana’s parents.

“The princess spoke to us; she was quite jolly.”

Gifts were then exchanged, with Liam and Ana being handed the traditional 99 Thai Baht, as the number nine is lucky to Thai people. The gift is said to bring luck throughout the couple’s married life.

Liam, 24, is a former King’s School pupil who went on to study chemistry at Warwick University. It was here he met Ana, 31, and he moved to Thailand to be with her.

Helen and Jon will be heading back out to Thailand on December 22, ahead of Liam and Ana’s Boxing Day wedding.

 

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