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Suvadhana

Suvadhana Princess consort of Siam

Princess consort of Siam
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Princess consort of Siam
Was Consort Princess Noble
From Thailand
Type Royals
Gender female
Birth 15 April 1906, Bangkok, Thailand
Death 10 October 1985, Bangkok, Thailand (aged 79 years)
Star sign AriesAries
Family
Spouse: Vajiravudh
Children: Bejaratana
The details
Biography

Princess Phra Nang Chao Suvadhana (Thai: สุวัทนา; Suwatthana, 15 April 1906 – 10 October 1985) was the royal consort of King Vajiravudh (or Rama VI) of Siam. Her original name was Khrueakaeo Abhayavongsa (Thai: เครือแก้ว อภัยวงศ์; Khruea-kaeo Aphaiwong). She was born a commoner; her father was Lord Abhayabhupesa (Lueam Abhayavongsa) and her mother was Ms. Lek Bunnag.

Life and marriage

Khrueakaeo first met King Vajiravudh in 1924 during a dramatic production, in which they both acted. Soon after, Khrueakaeo was renamed Suvadhana and elevated to the rank of a minor consort. Later that same year they were married at the Grand Palace in Bangkok. Although King Vajiravudh initiated many Siamese nationalistic policies of the 1920s, his queen Suvadhana was of Khmer descent of Phratabong province (Battambang). Suvadhana's grand aunt, Khun Chom Iem Busba, was the wife of King Norodom I of Cambodia.

When Suvadhana became pregnant in 1925, the King elevated her rank to that of Phra Nang Chao Suvadhana (HRH Suvadhana, Princess Consort of Siam; Thai: พระนางเจ้าสุวัทนา พระวรราชเทวี). Not soon after the King fell gravely ill, on the 24 November 1925, Suvadhana gave birth to a daughter, Princess Bejaratana Rajasuda.

Exile in England

Suvaddhana and Bejaratana Rajasuda in 1925

The Princess and her daughter continued to live at the Dusit Palace, raising her daughter during the reign of her husband's younger brother King Prajadhipok. In 1938, as war looms, the Princess and her daughter emigrated to the United Kingdom, following the example of Prajadhipok who went in exile there in 1935. First she lived at Fairhill Villa in Camberley, Surrey, she later moved to Brighton. During the Second World War the Princess volunteered for the British Red Cross, donating winter clothes and other equipments to British soldiers; she later received a letter of recommendation from the organization. She would spend 22 years in England, she made her own living by investing in stocks and bonds; living a comfortable lifestyle with Thai servants.

Return and later life

The Princess and her daughter returned to Thailand permanently in 1957. They bought some land on Sukhumvit Road Soi 38, and build the Ruenruedi Villa Palace. During her later years she carried out many royal duties and became patron of many charitable organizations. Suvadhana died at Siriraj Hospital on the 10 October 1985 at the age of 79, her funeral was presided over by King Bhumibol Adulyadej (or Rama IX) and Queen Sirikit.

Honours

Ancestors

8. Lord Khathathonthoranin (Yia Abhayavongsa)
8. Lord Khathathonthoranin (Yia Abhayavongsa)
4. Lord Aphaiphubet (Chum Abhayavongsa)
9. Thim Bunnag
2. Lord Aphaiphubet (Lueam Abhayavongsa)
1. Princess Suvadhana
12. Lord Si Suriyawong (Chuang Bunnag)
6. Lord Surawongwaiyawat (Won Bunnag)
13. Klin Bunnag
3. Lek Bunnag
14. Lord Suphanphisan (Kong Abhayavongsa)
7. Lady Si Sunthonnat (Kaeo Abhayavongsa)
8. Lord Khathathonthoranin (Yia Abhayavongsa)
4. Lord Aphaiphubet (Chum Abhayavongsa)
9. Thim Bunnag
2. Lord Aphaiphubet (Lueam Abhayavongsa)
1. Princess Suvadhana
12. Lord Si Suriyawong (Chuang Bunnag)
6. Lord Surawongwaiyawat (Won Bunnag)
13. Klin Bunnag
3. Lek Bunnag
14. Lord Suphanphisan (Kong Abhayavongsa)
7. Lady Si Sunthonnat (Kaeo Abhayavongsa)
4. Lord Aphaiphubet (Chum Abhayavongsa)
9. Thim Bunnag
2. Lord Aphaiphubet (Lueam Abhayavongsa)
1. Princess Suvadhana
12. Lord Si Suriyawong (Chuang Bunnag)
6. Lord Surawongwaiyawat (Won Bunnag)
13. Klin Bunnag
3. Lek Bunnag
14. Lord Suphanphisan (Kong Abhayavongsa)
7. Lady Si Sunthonnat (Kaeo Abhayavongsa)
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References
http://www.soravij.com/bejaratana.html
http://sokheounpang.files.wordpress.com/2010/07/khmer-siam-family-tree.jpg
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~royalty/thailand/i22.html#I22
http://www.bejaratana-suvadhana.org/suvadhana.html
http://www.bunnag.in.th/
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