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Crown Prince of Siam
สมเด็จพระบรมโอรสาธิราช เจ้าฟ้ามหาวชิรุณหิศ สยามมกุฎราชกุมาร.jpg
Born(1878-06-27)27 June 1878
Grand Palace, Bangkok, Siam
Died4 January 1895(1895-01-04) (aged 16)
Bangkok, Siam
HouseChakri dynasty
FatherChulalongkorn (Rama V)
MotherSavang Vadhana
SignatureVajirunhis's signature
Maha Vajirunhis with his father King Chulalongkorn in court dress at the Grand Palace

Maha Vajirunhis, Crown Prince of Siam (Thai: มหาวชิรุณหิศ; RTGSMaha Wachirunnahit; 27 June 1878 – 4 January 1895) was the first Crown Prince of the Chakri dynasty. He was the first son of King Chulalongkorn and Queen Savang Vadhana together, who were half-siblings.

The King built a palace for the Prince, nicknamed Windsor Palace. The European-style palace was demolished after his death. The site is now occupied by the National Stadium of Thailand.

Heir apparent[edit]

In 1886, after the death of the last Vice King Bovorn Vichaichan, King Chulalongkorn chose not to appoint one of his brothers as a new Vice King, but instead appointed his eldest son as the Crown Prince of Siam. On 14 January 1886, he was officially introduced to his position with the title of Sayam Makutrajakuman, or Crown Prince of Siam. From this appointment Sir Ernest Mason Satow, the British ambassador to Thailand, brought a telegraph of congratulations from Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom.[1]

Private interests[edit]

Prince Vajirunhis was interested in the liberal arts, writing daily in a diary he was given by his father at the age of five. He wrote many poems. One, written for his father on 25 October 1888, is below:


Love who as love is

Love doesn't want to ever estrange    Even a little
Love what else cannot be    Equal to him
Much love cannot be away from    Father someday


He died unexpectedly of typhoid fever at age 16, long before he could reach the throne. King Chulalongkorn's second son, Prince Vajiravudh, was then named crown prince, and succeeded him as Rama VI in 1910.



External links[edit]

Chakri Dynasty
Born: 27 June 1878 Died: 4 January 1894
New title Crown Prince of Siam
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