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|Prince Bhanubandhu Vongsevoradej|
|Commander of the Department of Military Operation|
|In office||1892 – 1896|
|In office||1899 – 1901|
|Commander of the Navy Department|
|In office||17 February 1902 – 24 February 1903|
|Acting||29 January 1901 – 16 February 1902|
|Predecessor||Andreas du Plessis de Richelieu|
|Director-General of the Royal Siamese Navy|
|In office||19 June 1920 –31 August 1922|
|Predecessor||Paribatra Sukhumbandhu |
as the minister
|Successor||Abhakara Kiartivongse |
as the minister
|Born||11 January 1859|
|Died||13 June 1928 (aged 68)|
|Issue||11 sons and daughters|
|House||Bhanubandh family (Chakri Dynasty)|
|Father||Mongkut (Rama IV)|
|Allegiance|| Royal Siamese Army |
Royal Siamese Navy
|Rank|| Field Marshal |
Admiral of the Fleet
Bhanurangsi Savangwongse, the Prince Bhanubandhu Vongsevoradej (11 January 1859 – 13 June 1928) (Thai: สมเด็จพระราชปิตุลาบรมพงศาภิมุข เจ้าฟ้าภาณุรังษีสว่างวงศ์ กรมพระยาภาณุพันธุวงศ์วรเดช) was a son of HM King Mongkut of Siam and HM Queen Debsirindra.
Although the Prince held a number of posts in the government of his elder brother, King Chulalongkorn, including the post of Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Siamese Army, he is best remembered as the founder of the Thai postal service and the first Field marshal in Royal Siamese Army during King Vajiravudh.
Early life and education
Prince Bhanurangsi Savangwongse born on 11 January 1860 at the Grand Palace, Bangkok. He has 3 brothers and sisters, including King Chulalongkorn, Princess Chandrmondol and Prince Chaturonrasmi. After 2 years, his mother died. Later, his father died when he was 10 years old. He was the scattering of rice in the procession of the royal funeral of King Mongkut. When he was 12 years, King Chulalongkorn was graciously pleased to appoint him as HRH Prince Brother, and please do have a royal ceremony at the Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall. When he was 13 years old he was ordained as a novice at Wat Phra Kaew with Supreme Patriarch Pavares Variyalongkorn as a preceptor then went out to Wat Bowonniwet Vihara.
He began his studies in the school of female teachers and began to study by himself. After that, he studied the books of Khmer and Pali at the Bureau of Phraya Priyatthi Dhammada when he is ordained. After that, he studied military education at the Bureau of the King's Guard since 1872 and learning the Thai language from Phraya Srisoonthorn Waham (Noi Ajarayangkul) including studying civil service traditions and royal traditions from Prince Mahamala, the Prince Bamrapporapak.
He was graciously pleased for military service as a special officer rank, dressed in the rank of first lieutenant in Bureau of the King's Guard When King Chulalongkorn proceeded to travel to Singapore (2nd time) and Burma, parts of England throughout India including the rising districts of Siam along the western coast of Malaya. He holding important positions such as Minister of the Council and Privy Council of King Chulalongkorn, Chancellor of the Ministry of Defense, The Privy Council of King Rama VI and the President and Privy Councilor in King Rama VII, Inspector General, Commander of the Navy Department and Director-General of the Post and Telegraph Department.
Prince Bhanurangsi Savangwongse died on 13 June 1928 with 68 years old at Buraphaphirom Palace.
He had 16 children, being 9 sons and 7 daughters:
- Princess Dibyasambandh
- Prince Nibanna Bhanubongse
- Prince Siriwongse Vadhanadej
- Princess (unnamed)
- Princess Chalermkhetramongmol
- Prince Suriyon Yiembayab
- Prince Ballap Danaya
- Prince Daeng (stillborn)
- Princess Khaimuk
- Princess Rambhai Prabha
- Prince Aphassorawongse
- Prince Birabongse Bhanudej
- Prince Norasetdha Suriyalaksana
- Prince Chirasakdi Suprabhas (th:พระวรวงศ์เธอ พระองค์เจ้าจิรศักดิ์สุประภาต)
- Princess Lek (died at six days old)
|Ancestors of Bhanurangsi Savangwongse|