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King Rama VIII death case: the first verdict

The most momentous criminal trial in Thailand’s history began on the afternoon of Wednesday, September 28, 1948, in a courthouse inside the Ministry of Justice beside the Grand Palace in […]

King Bhumibol Adulyadej

The Tragedy of King Bhumibol

I  • II • III • IV • V V.  When it finally came, King Bhumibol’s tragic fall from grace was swift and savage. Thailand celebrated Rama IX’s Diamond Jubilee […]

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 […]

Sarit and Phibun

“You cannot see Sarit because he is drunk”: PR problems for Thailand in 1954

A letter from British ambassador Berkeley Gage in November 1954 records growing unease about the disastrous public relations performance of Thailand’s ruling junta when dealing with the foreign media 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 […]