Royalty: Kings & Queens, Prince's & Princess's page 7
Queen Saovabha Phongsri
(Queen Sri Bajarindra)
Queen Saovabha Phongsri, the senior consort of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V), was born on January 1st., 1864 and was their mother of two kings - Vajiravudh (Rama VI) and Prajadhipok (Rama VII).
She was the first of the Kings royal wives to take up residence with the King outside the Inner Palace. When King Chulalongkorn visited Europe for the first time in 1897 she was appointed regent during his absence and received the special queenly rank of Somdetch Phra Baromma Rajini Nath. On the accession of her son, King Vajiravudh, she became Queen Mother with the name of Sri Bajarindra. She died on October 20th, 1919. She also founded the first Thai girls school and the Thai Red Cross, and in general was an important force in the liberation of Thai women from male domination.
Queen Savang Vadhana (Queen Sri Savarindira) 1862-1995
Queen Savang Vadhana was born on September 10th., 1862 and was originally King Chulalongkorn's senior consort, being the mother of the first Crown Prince in Thai history- who died in 1895 at the age of 16. Following Crown Prince Maha Vajirunhis' death, Prince Maha Vajiravudh (later King Vajiravudh), was appointed Crown Prince and thus, his mother Queen Saovabha Phongsri, became the senior consort.
With the abdication of King Prajadhipok in 1935, the son of Queen Savang Vadhana's second son, Prince Mahidol Adulyadej, Prince of Songkhla (who died in 1929), acceded to throne as King Ananda Mahidol (Rama VIII). She received the title of Queen Grandmother, having been renamed Sri Savarindira by King Prajadhipok while she was Queen Aunt. Queen Sri Savarindira was also the grandmother of King Bhomibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) and although her son, Crown Prince Maha Vajirunhis did not survive to become king she had the satisfaction of living to see two of her grandsons become king. She died on December 17th., 1995 at the age of 93 and at that time was on record as being the oldest Queen in recent world history.
Prince Wan Waithayakon, Krommun Naradhip Bongsprabandh
1891 - 1976
Prince Mahidol Adulyadej, of Songkhla
1892 - 1929
Princess Sri Nagarindra
Born on October 21st., 1900. As a young girl she was sent to study nursing in England by Queen Savang Vadhana and in 1920 was married to HRH Prince Mahidol Adulyadej, Prince of Songkhla, Son of King Chulalongkorn and Queen Savang Vadhana.
She accompanied her husband abroad during his medical studies, and her three children were all born outside Thailand. Her first child, HRH Prince Galyani Vadhana was born in 1923, and her two sons, the future King Ananda Mahidol and the future King Bhomibol Adulyadej, born 5th., December 1925 in Cambridge Massachusetts in the United States, and in 1927 respectively. Prince Mahidol Adulyadej died in 1929 and six years later their elder son became King as Rama VIII. In 1938, she received the title of Princess Mother, and the name of Sri Sangvalya and in 1970 received the new name of Sri Sangvalya and a new title of the rank of Somdetch Phra Baromma. The Princess Mother has served as Regent on nine different occasions while Their Majesties the King and Queen were abroad on state visits.
King Rama VI Phramongkutklao
(King Vajiravudh) 1910 - 1925
Born in Bangkok on January 1st., 1881. Following the death of his elder half-brother, Crown Prince Maha Vajirunhis, in 1895, he was appointed Crown Prince.
He was educated in England and his great love of literature and poetry in both Thai and English together with his scholastic abilities was later to manifest itself during his reign. Among his lasting achievements were devising a system of translation of Thai into English and of translating the entire works of Shakespeare into Thai. His passion for traditional Thai theater and ballet has left a mass of published scores which form the basis of the study of these arts to the present day. King Vajiravudh's coronation in Bangkok on December 2nd., 1911 was an occasion of much splendor.
Among those present at the ceremonies were members of the Royal families of Great Britain, Denmark, Sweden, Russia and Japan (the largest gathering of European Royalty on Asian Continent either before or since). The Russian imperial jewelers Messr. Carl Faberge, set up a temporary shop within the hollowed portals of the Oriental Hotel to coincide with the festivities. In 1916 King Vajiravudh declared war on Germany and Thai troops fought with the Allies during the latter part of World war I. He died in Bangkok on November 26th., 1925 at the early age of 44.
1902 - 1975
Phra Nang Chao Suvadhana
1905 - 1985