Chakrabongse Bhuvanath

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Chakrabongse Bhuvanath
Prince of Siam
Prince of Bishnulok
Chakrabongse Bhuvanadh.jpg
Born(1883-03-03)3 March 1883
Bangkok, Siam
Died13 June 1920(1920-06-13) (aged 37)
Singapore, Straits Settlements
Ekaterina Desnitskaya
(m. 1906; div. 1919)

Princess Javalit Obhas Rabibadhana
(m. 1919; died 1920)
IssuePrince Chula Chakrabongse
HouseChakrabongse family (Chakri Dynasty)
FatherChulalongkorn (Rama V)
MotherSaovabha Phongsri
Military career
Service/branchThailand Royal Siamese Army
RankRTA OF-10 (Field Marshal).svg Field Marshal

Field Marshal Chakrabongse Bhuvanath, the Prince of Bishnulok (Thai: จักรพงษ์ภูวนาถ; RTGSChakkraphong Phuwanat; 3 March 1883 – 13 June 1920), was the 40th child of King Chulalongkorn and the fourth child of Queen Sri Bajarindra.


The prince was sent to the Russian Empire in his teens, where he studied at a Page Corps. He returned to Siam with a wife from Lutsk (at that time owned by Russian Empire), Catherine Na Phitsanulok (Ekaterina Desnitskaya; Russian: Екатерина Десницкая) and an honorary commission in a Hussar regiment. The prince and princess had one son, Prince Chula Chakrabongse. The Prince and his wife lived in Paruskavan Palace in Bangkok. Prince Chakrabongse served as Chief of Staff of the Royal Siamese Army until his death at the age of 37 in 1920.[1]

He and his brother Prince Purachatra, Commander of the Army Engineers, were instrumental in the development of aviation in the Kingdom. Prince Chakrabongse is best remembered today as the father of the army's Royal Aeronautical Service, a forerunner to the Royal Thai Air Force.

The prince was a favourite son of both the King and Queen. He represented his father on many foreign visits, such as to the wedding of Crown Prince Wilhelm and Crown Princess Cecilie of Prussia, the funeral of King Umberto I of Italy, and the coronation of King George V and Queen Mary of Great Britain in 1911. Prince Chakrabongse died from pneumania in 1920 at the young age of 37.


  1. ^ "Chakrabongse Collection of Thai Royal Letters". The British Library. Retrieved 27 June 2017.
Queen Saovabha and her sons, circa 1900 (from left to right: Prince Asdang, Crown Prince Maha Vajiravudh, Prince Chakrabongse, Queen Saovabha, Prince Prajadhipok, and Prince Chudadhut)
Military offices
New title
Service established
Commander of the Royal Aeronautical Service
Succeeded by
Phraya Chalerm Akas