Thai Crown Princess starts own royal blog

In a country where the royal family rarely communicates directly with the public, Thai Crown Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn could be considered a trailblazer, according to an Associated Press report.

An Associated Press report said the 51-year-old princess launched the country's first royal blog, which she says is aimed at persuading her fellow citizens to embrace English.

'We have witnessed in this past century that English has become a global language without much understanding of the process,' she wrote. 'Nor can we say that we really know the extent of its influence and status as the global language. But we can be sure of one thing: English can be used as a key to better understanding.'

The blog appears on the British Council's Web site.

The only other royal in Asia known to have a Web log is Cambodia's former King Norodom Sihanouk. His blog contains thousands of commentaries on anything from Hollywood stars to the rough-and-tumble of Cambodian politics, along with historical documents and exchanges with diplomats or Cambodian politicians.

Royal watchers said the Thai princess's blog was not that surprising, given that she is known to be tech-savvy and routinely emails intellectuals in the region, the report said.

Her blog is a continuation of the British Council's efforts to improve the teaching of English in Thailand. Earlier this week she presided over a two-day conference titled 'Policy for Global Transition' jointly hosted by the British Council and the Thai Ministry of Education.