Crown Prince Soulivong Savang (born May 8, 1963), grandson of the last King of Laos Savang Vatthana, is the pretender to the Lao throne. Laos was a monarchy until 1975, when the communist Pathet Lao seized control of the nation, causing Savang Vatthana to abdicate his throne. Soulivong Savang lives in self-imposed exile in Paris.
May 8, 1963 |
|Last monarch||Savang Vatthana|
|Royal House||Khun Lo Dynasty|
|Lao Royal Family|
HRH Hereditary Prince Soulivong Savang
After the communist revolution, some members of the royal family were placed in re-education camps where they reportedly died,  although Prince Souphanouvong later became Prime Minister of the newly established republic. Prince Savang escaped from captivity in Laos with his younger brother Prince Thayavong Savang in 1981, arriving in France as refugees.
He has been working to bring about the return of a monarchy as well as "social and charitable reforms" to Laos. His Uncle Prince Sauryavong Savang is currently head of the Laotian royal family and acts as regent to his nephew.
On September 19, 1997, Soulivong Savang and his Uncle Prince Sauryavong Savang initiated a Royal Lao Conference in Seattle, United States. Over five hundred Lao exiles and representatives of the Hmong, Kmu, Mien, Thaidam and all ethnic minority community attended. This conference was to establish the Lao Representative Abroad Council.
On September 19, 1999, a second conference was held in Montreal, Canada, to follow up the progress of LRAC work and help each other's which is focus on non-profit organization to support the local community and worldwide such as community development, social service provider, education and job development to bridge the community self-sufficiency to promote cultural activity and charity support to become good citizens in country they live in. Some of the goals and missions are the vision of the majority objective how the Lao_oversea can help and support the education and economic development in their motherland in the eyes of the 21st century.
The world conference of the Lao Abroad council was acknowledge and complete dialogue among the Lao refugee concern. This organization is not and was not focus on the political activity like some media has been said. Our goal is to have re-united All Laotian Abroad and inside Laos to work for better understanding toward development of the country and to show the new generation to come most effectively educated and there will be their responsible leadership tomorrow. Soulivong capitalized on the rise in royalist sentiment in neighboring Thailand.
On November 10, 2007, the Prince married Princess Chansouk Soukthala. The ceremony, which took place in Canada, was attended by 800 guests.
- Laotian Royal Family
- Prince Souvanna Phouma
- Prince Phetsarath Rattanavongsa
- Pathet Lao
- Prince Souphanouvong
- Christopher Kremmer, Stalking the Elephant Kings, In Search of Laos (1997)
- Christopher Kremmer, Bamboo Palace, Discovering the Lost Dynasty of Laos (2003)
- FEER, Kingdom Come?, 17 August 2001
- Exiled Laos Prince Appeals to US by Washington Post
- Former Royal Laos Flag & Laos National Anthem[dead link]
- Speech of His Royal Highness Prince Soulivong Savang at Bowdoin College
- Political turmoil comes to one of the most isolated communist ruled countries in Southeast Asia
- Press release of the Lao Royal Family
- LAOS: ROYALTY Kingdom Come?
- Deposed Lao family adds royal touch to Farmington temple; Families gather for day of worship and remembrance
- Laos Royals pay respects to September 11, 2001 Victims (Photos)
- Welcoming speech of Crown Prince Soulivong Savang (French)
Soulivong SavangBorn: 8 May 1963
|Titles in pretence|
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King of Laos
2 May 1978?/1980?/1984?-
Reason for succession failure:
Monarchy abolished in 1975 – Communist take over