Raphi Phatthanasak

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Raphi Phatthanasak
Prince of Siam
Prince of Ratchaburi
ไฟล์ พระองค์เจ้ารพีพัฒนศักดิ์.jpg
Born(1874-10-21)21 October 1874
Grand Palace
Bangkok, Siam
Died7 August 1920(1920-08-07) (aged 45)
Paris, France
SpousePrincess Orabhatra Prabai
Mom On Rabibadhana Na Ayudhya
Mom Duaeng Rabibadhana
Mom Rajawongse Sa-ang Pramoj
Issue13 sons and daughters
Full name
His Royal Highness
Prince Rabibadhanasakdi
HouseRabhibhat family (Chakri Dynasty)
FatherChulalongkorn (Rama V)
MotherChao Chom Manda Talab

Prince Raphi Phatthanasak, Prince of Ratchaburi (Thai: รพีพัฒนศักดิ์; RTGSRaphi Phatthanasak), (21 October 1874– 7 August 1920) was a son of king Chulalongkorn and Chao Chom manda Talab. He had one full sister, Princess Ajrabarni Rajkanya.[1]

The key figure in Thai legal reform, he graduated from Faculty of Law, University of Oxford. In 1897 he set up the first law school in Thailand. He also reorganized the Thai court system under the 1908 Law on Organization.[2] In 1892, the Ministry of Justice was established and as its Head Minister, Prince Raphi was appointed to unify the judiciary.[3]

Prince Raphi died on 7 August 1920 with the disease of the prostate cancer and further complications to his kidneys, at approximately 21 o'clock, at the age of 45 years, 9 months, 17 days at Paris. His Majesty King Rama VI asked the Siamese ambassador to France to organize a royal cremation ceremony in Paris, according to Prince Raphi Phatthanasak's orders. After that, Prince Kaiseang-raphi Rabhibhat came to pick up and summon the Royal Regiment of Prince Raphi Phatthanasak to Thailand on 1 December 1920.[4][5]


  1. ^ http://www.coj.go.th/th/day/rapee/rapee.html
  2. ^ Loos, Tamara (2006). Subject Siam: Family, Law, and Colonial Modernity in Thailand. Cornell: Cornell University Press.
  3. ^ http://guru.sanook.com/4300/
  4. ^ http://www.silpa-mag.com/this-day-in-history/article_21529
  5. ^ http://www.the101.world/history-of-prince-rapee/