Chakrabongse Bhuvanath

Field Marshal Chakrabongse Bhuvanath, the Prince of Bishnulok (Thai: จักรพงษ์ภูวนาถ; RTGS: Chakkraphong Phuwanat; 3 March 1883 – 13 June 1920), was the 40th child of King Chulalongkorn and the fourth child of Queen Sri Bajarindra.

Chakrabongse Bhuvanath
จักรพงษ์ภูวนาถ
Prince of Bishnulok
Born(1883-03-03)3 March 1883
Bangkok, Siam
Died13 June 1920(1920-06-13) (aged 37)
Bangkok, Siam
Spouse
  • Catherine Desnitski
    (m. 1906; div. 1919)
  • Princess Javalit Obhas Rabibadhana
    (m. 1919)
IssuePrince Chula Chakrabongse
HouseChakrabongse family (Chakri Dynasty)
FatherChulalongkorn (Rama V)
MotherSaovabha Phongsri
Military career
Service/branch Royal Siamese Army
Rank Field Marshal

Biography

Queen Saovabha and her sons, circa 1900 (from left to right: Prince Asdang, Crown Prince Maha Vajiravudh, Prince Chakrabongse, Queen Saovabha, Prince Prajadhipok, and Prince Chudadhut)
Procession of Royal Funeral Urn of Chakrabongse Bhuvanath at Thonburi Railway Station, 1920

The prince was sent to the Russian Empire in his teens, where he studied at the Page Corps. He returned to Siam with an honorary commission in a Hussar regiment and a wife, Catherine Desnitski from Lutsk (at that time part of the Russian Empire), whom he had married in 1906. The Prince and his wife lived with their son, Prince Chula Chakrabongse, in Paruskavan Palace in Bangkok. They later divorced and he remarried the year before his death.

The prince was a favourite son of both the King and Queen. He travelled extensively, visiting among other countries the US and United Kingdom in 1902.[1] He also represented his father on foreign visits, such as for the funeral of King Umberto I of Italy in 1900, the wedding of Crown Prince Wilhelm and Crown Princess Cecilie of Prussia in 1905, and the coronation of King George V and Queen Mary of the United Kingdom in 1911.

He and his brother Prince Purachatra, Commander of the Army Engineers, were instrumental in the development of aviation in the Kingdom. Prince Chakrabongse is best remembered today as the father of the army's Royal Aeronautical Service, a forerunner to the Royal Thai Air Force.

Prince Chakrabongse served as Chief of Staff of the Royal Siamese Army until his death.[2] He died from pneumonia in 1920 at the age of 37.

Ancestry

References

  1. "Court Circular". The Times. No. 36922. London. 11 November 1902. p. 10.
  2. "Chakrabongse Collection of Thai Royal Letters". The British Library. Retrieved 27 June 2017.
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