Chakrabongse Bhuvanath

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Chakrabongse Bhuvanath
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
(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) whom he had married in 1906, 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. They later divorced and he remarried the year before his death.

The prince was a favourite son of both the King and Queen. He travelled extensively, visiting among other countries the US and United Kingdom in 1902.[1] He also represented his father on foreign visits, such as for the funeral of King Umberto I of Italy in 1900, the wedding of Crown Prince Wilhelm and Crown Princess Cecilie of Prussia in 1905, and the coronation of King George V and Queen Mary of the United Kingdom in 1911.

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.

Prince Chakrabongse served as Chief of Staff of the Royal Siamese Army until his death.[2] He died from pneumonia in 1920 at the age of 37.



  1. ^ "Court Circular". The Times (36922). London. 11 November 1902. p. 10.
  2. ^ "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