All posts tagged monarchy

King Bhumibol

The Tragedy of King Bhumibol

I  • II • III • IV • V IV.  Tragedy, according to Aristotle’s famous definition 24 centuries ago, is the spectacle of a noble and admirable protagonist who drags himself and […]

The accused

King Rama VIII death trial: Thai ambassador versus British magazine

[A Thai translation of this blog post by Thai E-news is here] A British Foreign Office report from August 1951 in the UK National Archives records a meeting with Suan Navarasth, […]

Wochenblatt, December 9, 2009

Thai crown prince at German funfair, 2009

  Another article for those who follow sightings of Thai royals around the world with interest. In September 2009, Thai Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn visited a fairground near Munich, where he […]


Thai prince in trouble: 1980 incident in Britain

A British Airways letter in the National Archives in London recounts an embarrassing incident on February 9, 1980, when a bodyguard attempted to carry a gun onto the Concorde supersonic […]

Prince Dhani on a stamp

British cable on Prince Dhani, 1951

Here’s a confidential March 1951 cable from British chargé d’affaires Richard Whittington on Prince Dhani Niwat, an uncle of Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who was appointed regent after the death […]

Britain's Prince Andrew with Srirasmi and Vajiralongkorn

German newspaper accidentally exposes Thai crown prince

On February 10, the Braunschweiger Zeitung, a regional German newspaper, made a spectacular mistake in a news story about Thailand’s crown prince, Maha Vajiralongkorn. The newspaper reported that the prince, who […]

A secret cable

King Ananda’s death: Remembering the “forgotten round”

Ananda Mahidol, the 20-year-old King Rama VIII of Siam, was killed on the morning of June 9, 1946, shot through the head in his bedroom in Bangkok’s riverside Grand Palace […]


Cables on the Thai regicide trial

On the afternoon of Wednesday, September 28, 1948, the most sensational trial in Thai history got under way. Three men — royal pages But Pathamasarin and Chit Singhaseni and former royal […]


Pridi Banomyong’s escape from Siam, November 1947

Before dawn on November 19, 1947, Siam’s Senior Statesman Pridi Banomyong arrived at the Bangkok residence of British naval attache Captain Stratford Hercules Dennis. Pridi was wearing a naval uniform and […]


In a never-never land, never mind

On March 24, 1950, King Bhumibol Adulyadej arrived back in Siam after an absence of almost four years. After the March 29 cremation of his elder brother King Ananda Mahidol, […]