PATTANI: The marriage of Kangsadal Pipitpakdee and Kelantan prince Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra Sultan Ismail Petra will be another union of the Yamu and Kelantan royal families.
The earlier union came about when Kangsadal’s uncle, Tengku Abdul Hamid Tengku Muda, who is of Yamu royal descent, married Tengku Azizah from the Kelantan royalty.
One of the couple’s children is the present Raja Perempuan Kelantan, Tengku Anis, the mother of 35-year-old Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra.
Tengku Abdul Hamid is the elder brother of Kangsadal’s father, Tengku Norudin whose Thai name is Vairoj Pipitpakdee.
They are the grandsons of Tengku Wook, the last Raja or King of Yamu who has a palace here.
Kangsadal, 24, who will be known as Tengku Zubaidah after the marriage, was born in the 110-year-old palace, according to her grandmother Sawat Pipitpakdee.
Sawat, 84, who is also known as Nik Kalsom, still lives in the palace which has similar designs with Kelantan architecture.
She said Kangsadal was raised in the palace until she was five years old.
Like most Thais, Kangsadal has a nickname.
Her parents called her Koy or “last finger” as her parents thought she would be the last child in the family.
But the couple had another daughter five years later. Kangsadal is the third child among four siblings.
Kangsadal’s mother Cik Jamilah, 54, said her daughter recently informed her that she was adapting well to life in the Kelantan palace after leaving home a month ago.
“Kangsadal is learning about her future role as a royalty member, the local customs and expectations,” she said.
“I have also received assurances from the Kelantan royal family that Kangsadal would be treated like their own child.”
Meanwhile, talk of the impending royal wedding dominated Pattani, a small agricultural-based town, since early this week.
Most Pattani residents are familiar with Kelantan, which is a two-hour drive away.