A look back on the life of prime ministerial candidate — Thai Princess Ubolratana.
The elder sister of Thailand's King Vajiralongkorn was only 21-years-old when she confirmed her status as the rebel of the family.
In 1972 she renounced her royal titles to marry Peter Jensen, an American she had met while studying mathematics at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
In an institution that leans heavily on protocol and tradition, she has embraced pop culture and the spotlight.
Last year the princess played the role of a pop star, performing onstage a song popularised by Thai girl group BNK48.
In 2008 she starred in a movie, "Where the Miracle Happens", which opened in Cannes, and played a journalist in her second film foray.
Her latest Instagram post on Thursday set tongues wagging as rumours swirled that she had agreed to stand as a prime ministerial candidate for a Thaksin-linked party at the upcoming general election in March.
In a country where people are adept at reading subtle political cues, the signal was clear: the Shinawatras' heartland is Thailand's north and their political colours are red.