Order of the White Elephant

The Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant (Thai: เครื่องราชอิสริยาภรณ์อันเป็นที่เชิดชูยิ่งช้างเผือก; RTGS: Khrueang Ratcha-itsariyaphon An Pen Thi Choetchu Ying Chang Phueak) is an order of Thailand. It was established in 1861 by King Rama IV of the Kingdom of Siam. Along with the Order of the Crown of Thailand, it is regularly awarded to any government official for services rendered to Thailand for five years, making it Thailand's most-commonly awarded order.[1]

The Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant
Knight Grand Cordon (Special Class) of the Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant
Awarded by

the King of Thailand
TypeMilitary and Civilian Order
EligibilityRoyal officials
Awarded forFive years of public service
StatusCurrently constituted
SovereignKing Vajiralongkorn
GradesKnight Grand Cordon
Knight Grand Cross
Knight Commander
Gold Medal
Silver Medal
Former grades4 until 1902, 6 until 1909
First induction1869
Next (higher)Order of Rama
Next (lower)Order of the Crown of Thailand

Ribbon bar of the Order of the Knight Grand Cordon


The order consists of eight classes:

RibbonClassNameFormer Name[2]PostnominalsEstablished DateOrder of precedence[3]
Knight Grand Cordon
(Special Class)
(Maha Paramabhorn Chang Phueak)
-MPCh (GCE)16 November 19098
Knight Grand Cross
(First Class)
(Prathamabhorn Chang Phueak)
Maha Varabhorn
PCh (KCE)186910
Knight Commander
(Second Class)
(Dvitiyabhorn Chang Phueak)
Chula Varabhorn
DCh (KCE)186915
(Third Class)
(Tritabhorn Chang Phueak)
TCh (CE)186923
(Fourth Class)
(Chattruthabhorn Chang Phueak)
ChCh (OE)186928
(Fifth Class)
(ฺBenchamabhorn Chang Phueak)
BCh (ME)187333
Gold Medal
(Sixth Class)
(Rian Thong Chang Phueak)
-RThCh (G.M.E.)20 July 190252
Silver Medal
(Seventh Class)
(Rian Ngoen Chang Phueak)
-RNgCh (S.M.E.)20 July 190255

Old designs

Current designs

Selected recipients

Certificate for the Commander of Order of the White Elephant, given to Professor Galileo Chini by King Vajiravudh of Siam on 14 August 1913.

See also


  1. Regulation of the Office of the Prime Minister regarding nominations for the Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant and the Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand, B.E. 2536. Royal Thai Government Gazette. 1993.
  2. "The Order of the White Elephant, Rattanakosin Era 128, Volume 26, Part 0 B" (PDF). Royal Thai Government Gazette (in Thai). Government of Thailand. 28 November 1909. p. 70. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  3. "Announcement of the Prime Minister's Office Re: Order of Honor of Thai Insignia, Volume 110, Part 29 G, Special Issue" (PDF). Royal Thai Government Gazette (in Thai). Government of Thailand. 12 March 1993. p. 1. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  4. Post, Peter (2010). "Java's Capitan Cina and Javanese Royal families: Status, Modernity and Power- Major Titular Be Kwat Koen and Mungkunegoro VII". International Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies. 13: 49–66. Retrieved 6 December 2019.
  5. https://kepustakaan-presiden.perpusnas.go.id/cabinet_personnel/popup_profil_pejabat.php?id=115&presiden_id=2&presiden=suharto
  6. "A kormányzó érdemrendjei, kitüntetései és jelvényei" [The awards and badges of the governor]. Vitezirend.co.hu (in Hungarian). Retrieved 2018-07-22.
  7. "Capt. Samuel Robinson, Who Won Fame For Rescue Work in Jap Quake, Dies," New York Times. September 7, 1958.
  8. "Arne Skaug" (in Norwegian). Storting.
  9. Windsor, Laura Lynn (2002). Women in medicine: an encyclopedia. ABC-CLIO. p. 204. ISBN 1-57607-392-0.
  10. "Court Circular". Court and Social. The Times. No. 29924. London. 3 July 1880. col G, p. 11.
  11. "Major General Richard V. Secord". af.mil. United States Air Force. February 1982. Retrieved 2018-07-22.
  12. Jiri Sitler
  13. "Ex-Seal Saman posthumously promoted". Bangkok Post. 14 July 2018. Retrieved 21 July 2018.
  14. Royal Thai Embassy, Moscow, Russia (May 17, 2019). "Ceremony of the Conferment of the Royal Decoration Presented to the Former Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Kingdom of Thailand".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link) CS1 maint: url-status (link)
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