Savang Vadhana

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This article is about the Queen Consort of King Rama V of Siam. For the last King of the Kingdom of Laos, see Savang Vatthana.
Savang Vadhana
Princess Consort of Siam
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Spouse Chulalongkorn
Issue

Crown Prince Vajirunhis
Prince Isariyalongkorn
Princess Vichitra Chiraprabha
Prince Sommatiwongse Varodaya
Princess Valaya Alongkorn
Princess Sirabhorn Sobhon

Prince Mahidol Adulyadej
House Chakri Dynasty
Father Mongkut
Mother Piam Sucharitakul
Born (1862-09-10)10 September 1862
Grand Palace, Bangkok, Thailand
Died 17 December 1955(1955-12-17) (aged 93)
Bangkok, Thailand
The Four Consorts of
King Chulalongkorn
Queen Sunandha Kumariratana.jpg Sunandha Kumariratana
Queen Sukumalmarsri.jpg Sukhumala Marasri
HM Queen Savang Vadhana of Siam.jpg Savang Vadhana
Saovabha Phongsri.jpg Saovabha Phongsri

Queen Savang Vadhana of Siam (Thai: สว่างวัฒนา; RTGS: Sawang Watthana, 10 September 1862 – 17 December 1955) was a consort of King Chulalongkorn or Rama V. Her full name and title was Queen Sri Savarindira (Thai: ศรีสวรินทิรา; RTGS: Si Sawarinthira) – thus she was not the Rajini (queen), but just was a highest consort. Already long widowed, after her first grandson's accession in 1935 she became known as Somdech Phra Phan Vasa Ayyika Chao (สมเด็จพระพันวัสสาอัยยิกาเจ้า; RTGS: Somdet Phra Phan Watsa Ai-yika Chao), which means The Queen Grandmother because she was the grandmother of both King Ananda Mahidol and the present king King Bhumibol Adulyadej or Rama IX.

Life[edit]

She was the 27th daughter of King Rama IV (King Mongkut or Rama IV) and Princess Consort Piam and thus her husband's half-sister. From her marriage to Chulalongkorn there were the following issue:

In addition, the queen also adopted several of her husband's children and raised them as her own children, this was included Prince Rangsit Prayurasakdi who later became Regent of Siam.

When King Prajadhipok (or Rama VII) abdicated in 1935, the son of Queen Savang Vadhana's youngest son, Prince Mahidol Adulyadej, the Prince of Songkla, acceded to the throne as King Ananda Mahidol (Rama VIII). She received the title of Queen Grandmother, having been renamed Sri Savarindira by King Prajadhipok while she was Queen Aunt.

Queen Sri Savarindira was also the grandmother of King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX). Although her son, Crown Prince Maha Vajirunhis did not survive to become king she lived to see two of her grandsons become king.

Death[edit]

Queen Savang Vadhana in 1938, with her grandchildren, King Ananda Mahidol (Rama VIII) and Prince Bhumibol Adulyadej (later King Rama IX). Photographed by Prince Rangsit Prayurasakdi, Prince of Jainad

She died on 17 December 1955, at the age of 93. Her ashes are interred in the Royal Cemetery at Wat Ratchabophit, Bangkok. A residence of the queen can be seen at the Bang Pa-In Royal Palace. She resided in latter years at Sa Pathum Palace, where a museum dedicated to her is being constructed at the Tamnak Yai Mansion.

Queen Savang Vadhana Foundation was founded on 27 October 2005 under the aegis of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, her great granddaughter.

Titles and Styles[edit]

  • 1862–1878 : Her Royal Highness Princess Savang Vadhana
  • 1878–1880 : Her Royal Highness Princess Savang Vadhana, the Princess Consort
  • 1880–1910 : Her Majesty The Queen
  • 1910–1934 : Her Majesty The Queen Aunt
  • 1934–1955 : Her Majesty The Queen Grand Mother

Thai Royal Decorations[edit]

Issue[edit]

Name Birth Death Spouse Children
Crown Prince Maha Vajirunhis 27 June 1878 4 January 1895 Never married
Prince Isariyalongkorn 4 September 1879 25 September 1879 Never married
Princess Vichitra Chiraprabha 21 April 1881 15 August 1881 Never married
Sommatiwongse Varodaya, Prince of Nakhonsridharmaraj 9 June 1882 17 June 1899 Never married
Valaya Alongkorn, Princess of Bejraburi 16 April 1884 15 February 1938 Never married
Princess Sirabhorn Sobhon 19 July 1888 24 May 1898 Never married
Mahidol Adulyadej, Prince of Songkla 1 January 1891 24 September 1929 Sangwan Talapat Galyani Vadhana, Princess of Naradhiwas
Ananda Mahidol
Bhumibol Adulyadej
Princess (Unname) 9 November 1893 12 November 1893 Never married

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