Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana, who led a Thai dressage team, presents the silver medal which she won with her team during the 2017 SEA Games in Malaysia. Photo by The National Olympic Committee of Thailand
HRH Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana dedicated her SEA Games silver medal in the dressage team event to her late grandfather, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, yesterday.
The Princess, on Prince Charming, and teammates – Arinadtha Chavatanont, Chalremcharn Yotiriyapanit and Pakjira Thongpakdi – scored a total of 206.211 points in Kuala Lumpur.
They were behind champions Malaysia (210.947) and ahead of Singapore (201.289).
"I am very happy – so happy that I am close to tears," the Princess said afterwards.
"I was so happy when I hugged the portrait of my grandfather and put the silver medal on it. It was like I gave the medal to him. Normally when I won a medal, my grandfather would put it around my neck. But that would never happen again.
"There are no words to describe it. I am sure that every Thai understands what I did. I would like to thank all the Thais who gave me moral supportvia different channels.
"I also would like to thank my teammates, coaching staff and Prince Charming."