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1883-1920



 
 

His Royal Highness Prince Chakrabongse Bhuvanath, Prince of Bisnulok, was born on 3 March 1883, 40th child of His Majesty King Rama V and 4th child of Her Majesty Queen Sri Bajarindra.  He was educated in the Royal Palace, and then was sent to England.  During King Chulalongkorn's visit to Russia, His Imperial Majesty the Tzar Nicolas II of Russia, a close friend of King Rama V, invited the king to send a son to be educated in mighty Russia, under the care of the Tzar.  Prince Chakrabongse was chosen and soon, after learning Russian in England, he went to Russia.  He finally became a Colonel in the Hussar Regiment of Emperor Nicholas II of Russia.

The prince was a favourite son of both the King and Queen.  He represented his father on many foreign visits, such as to the wedding of Crown Prince Wilhelm and Crown Princess Cecilie of Prussia, the funeral of King Umberto I of Italy, and the Coronation of King George V and Queen Mary of Great Britain.

The Prince of Bisnulok was a member of the Privy Council to King Rama V and VI, Chief of the General Staff of the Royal Siamese Army, Minister of War, and heir presumptive to the Throne.  Today, he is respected as the "Father of the Royal Thai Air Force.

He was married in Constantinople, to Mom Catherine Chakrabongse Na Ayutthaya, a Russian.  His only child was HRH Prince Chula Chakrabongse.

Prince Chakrabongse died in 1920 also at a young age of 37.
 


 
  Prince Chakrabongse's only grandaughter is Mom Rajawongse Narisa Chakrabongse, famous for her many books on Thailand. The most famous one is The Royal Family of Thailand which chronicals the descendants of King Rama V to the present day.  This book is regarded as the bible of Thai royalty.  Another book is Katya and the Prince of Siam which tells the life of the Prince and Mom Catherine, as well as give the reader a glimpse into life in Siam and Royal Russia back then. It is a beautifully illustrated book, a recommendation for anyone who is interested in royal history of Siam and the world.