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King Prajadhipok

  • Birth 8 Nov 1893 Bangkok (Krung Thep Maha Nakhon), Bangkok (Krung Thep Maha Nakhon), Thailand
  • Death 30 May 1941 Cranleigh, Waverley Borough, Surrey, England
  • Burial Bangkok (Krung Thep Maha Nakhon), Bangkok (Krung Thep Maha Nakhon), Thailand
  • Memorial ID 41376479

Thailand Monarch. Born to King Chulalongkorn (King Rama V) and Queen Sri Patcharindra, in 1906 after completing his primary education in Thailand, he furthered his education at secondary level in England at Eton College. His interest in military affairs encouraged him to enroll in the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, London. In 1920 he achieved highest military education at L'Ecole de Guerre, France. On the August 26,1918 the wedding of Prince Prajadhipok and Princess Rambhai Bharni was held at the Varopaspiman Pavillion, Bangpain Palace. On this occasion, Queen Sri Patcharindhra ordered "Sukhothai Palace" to be built for the newlywed couple. Pajadhipok succeeded to the throne and was named the Seventh King of the Chakri Dynasty (King Rama VII). His meticulous deeds for the country were manifold, for example, he established the National Museum, patronised the National Library and inaugurated the construction of King Rama I Bridge linking Bangkok to Thonburi. Furthermore, he advocated Thai education by encouraging the issue of the Primary Education Act. On October 25, 1930 he presided over the commencement ceremony at Chulalongkorn University. The King was considered to be the first Thai monarch to perform such an honorable task. Later in his reign on June 24, 1932 a small group of civil servants and military officers staged a bloodless coup and demanded a constitution. The King has already been thinking along such lines himself and had already drafted a constitution. Consequently, the first constitution was granted on December 10, 1932 and King Prajadhipok was the first king in Thai history to rule under the legal constitution. On March 2, 1934 he decisively abdicated his throne after his nine-year reign due to political conflict in Thiland. He spent his last year in England until his death when he was only 48. In 1949 under General Plak Piboonsonkram's administration, the King's ashes were brought back to Bangkok by Queen Rambhai Bharni.

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  • Originally Created by: Chris Nelson
  • Added: 31 Aug 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 41376479
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for King Prajadhipok (8 Nov 1893–30 May 1941), Find A Grave Memorial no. 41376479, citing Wat Ratchabophit, Bangkok (Krung Thep Maha Nakhon), Bangkok (Krung Thep Maha Nakhon), Thailand ; Maintained by Find A Grave .