Ceril Heycock was born in 1916 in London, where she grew up and was educated locally at Challoner School, Queen's Gate School, and Claremont School at Esher. Ceril's brother, Way, first met Prince Bira Birabongse of Siam at the age of 13, when they were both at Eton, but it wasn't until Ceril was 17 and attending art school, that she first met Bira, in a life drawing class, and introduced herself as Way's sister. Romance quickly blossomed, and the Prince proposed after a very short time! However, Ceril's parents were quite strict, and she was not allowed to marry until she was 21, in 1938. During her courtship, and marriage, Ceril was very involved in Bira's racing career as a Formula 1 and Grand Prix driver, and enjoyed the glamourous lifestyle of a member of the Siamese royal family. They were married until 1949. Ceril spent the rest of her life living at Lake Garda, Italy, where she passed away in 2010.