Paribatra Sukhumbandhu

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Paribatra Sukhumbandhu
Prince of Nakorn Sawan
Paribatra Sukhumbhand.jpg
HRH Prince of Nakorn Sawan
Minister of Defence
In office24 August 1926 – 31 March 1928
PredecessorYaem na Nakorn
Minister of Interior
In office1 April 1928 - 24 June 1932
PredecessorPrince of Lopburi
SuccessorChit Sunthornvon
Minister of the Royal Siamese Navy
In office11 December 1910 – 18 June 1920
Predecessorhimself as the commander
SuccessorBhanurangsi Savangwongse
as the director-general
Commander of the Navy Department
In office24 February 1903 – 10 December 1910
PredecessorBhanurangsi Savangwongse
Successorhimself as the minister
Born29 June 1881
Bangkok, Siam
DiedJanuary 18, 1944(1944-01-18) (aged 62)
Bandung, Japanese-occupied Dutch East Indies
  • Princess Prasongsom Jayanta
  • Sombandh Palakawong na Ayudhaya
Issue10 sons and daughters
HouseParibatra family (Chakri Dynasty)
FatherChulalongkorn (Rama V)
MotherSukhumala Marasri
SignatureParibatra Sukhumbandhu บริพัตรสุขุมพันธุ์'s signature
Military career
Allegiance Siam
Service/branch Royal Thai Army
 Royal Thai Navy
RankRTA OF-10 (Field Marshal).svg Field Marshal
RTN OF-10 (Admiral of the Fleet).svg Admiral of the Fleet

Marshal-Admiral Paribatra Sukhumbandhu, Prince of Nakhon Sawan (RTGSBoriphat Sukhumphan; Thai: สมเด็จพระเจ้าบรมวงศ์เธอ เจ้าฟ้าบริพัตรสุขุมพันธุ์ กรมพระนครสวรรค์วรพินิต) (1881–1944), was a highly influential Thai military officer and government minister in the early 20th century during the last years of the absolute monarchy. He served as Chief of Staff of the Royal Thai Army, Commander of the Royal Thai Navy, Naval Minister, Army Minister, Defense Minister, Interior Minister, and as a Privy Counsellor to both King Vajiravudh and King Prajadhipok.


Prince Paribatra was the 33rd child (and 13th son) of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) by Queen Sukhumala Marasri. He joined his father for a journey to Europe in 1897, following which he entered the Prussian Cadet Corps to study at the Prussian Military academy at Groß-Lichterfelde.

Following his return to Siam, his half brother King Vajiravudh (Rama VI) appointed him Commander of the Royal Thai Navy, Minister of Marine and Minister of the Army. During the reign of King Prajadhipok (Rama VII), he was appointed Minister of Interior and was made member of the Supreme Council of the State of Siam, responsible for state affairs.

Prince Paribatra's considerable influence in the Siamese government was deemed as a threat by the Khana Ratsadon which organized the 1932 coup that ended the absolute monarchy in Siam. As a consequence, he was exiled from the kingdom to Bandung, Dutch East Indies, which was then under the Dutch administration. He died in 1944 while in exile, in Japanese-controlled Indonesia. His remains were repatriated by a Royal commission (a member of which was Prince Arjuna Suasti) in 1948.

A half-brother to two Thai kings, Prince Paribatra fathered eight children by his royal wife, Mom Chao (HSH Princess) Prasongsom Paribatra (Chaiyan). Two were sons, but only one, Chumbhotbongs Paribatra, lived to adulthood. Prince Paribatra also had a son with a commoner wife, Mom Somphan Paribatra na Ayudhaya (Palakawong), Prince Sukhumabhinanda - father of Mom Ratchawong Sukhumbhand Paribatra, the former governor of Bangkok.

Prince Paribatra's principal Bangkok residence until his forced exile in 1932 was the neo-baroque styled Bang Khun Prom Palace, constructed by architects Mario Tamagno and Karl Döhring. It later became the headquarters and subsequently museum of the Bank of Thailand.


See also[edit]


  • Paul M. Handley, "The King Never Smiles" Yale University Press: 2006, ISBN 0-300-10682-3