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Crown Prince of Siam
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 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 English ambassador to Thialand, brought a telegraph of congratulations from Queen Victoria of England. [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 as    Father
Love don't want to estrange    Even a little
Love what cannot    Equal to him
Much love cannot away from    Awa 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.

Titles and styles[edit]

Styles of
Crown Prince Maha Vajirunhis
Standard of Siamese Royal Family.svg
Reference styleHis Royal Highness
Spoken styleYour Royal Highness
Alternative styleSir
  • 1878–1886: His Royal Highness Prince Maha Vajirunhis
  • 1886–1895: His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajirunhis



External links[edit]

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