Srivilailaksana

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Srivalailaksana
Princess of Siam
the Princess of Suphanburi
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Full name
Srivilailaksana Sundornsakdi Galyavadi
House Chakri Dynasty
Father Chulalongkorn
Mother Pae Bunnag
Born (1868-07-24)24 July 1868
Grand Palace
Bangkok, Thailand
Died 26 October 1904(1904-10-26) (aged 36)
Bangkok, Thailand

Srivilailaksana, the Princess of Suphanburi (Thai: ศรีวิไลยลักษณ์; RTGS: Siwilailak; 24 July 1868 – 26 October 1904), was the Princess of Siam (later Thailand). She was a member of Siamese Royal Family. She is a daughter of Chulalongkorn, King Rama V of Siam. She was born while her father was the heir-apparent. She was very trusted from her father, that he called her daughter as My greatest-trusted lovely daughter.

She was very trusted by her father of taking care of her step-siblings. And she was allowed from her father for taking care of the young princesses who were going to reach the adult age. Because of the Palace's princesses tradition, when the young princesses nearly reached the adult age, had to be allowed and took care closely by the elders. Furthermore, she was one of the vice-president of the Red Unalom Society (later Thai Red Cross Society) with the other princesses.

She received the royal title Krom at the 4th level Krom Khun Suphan Bhakavadi (translated as the Princess of Suphanburi; Thai: กรมขุนสุพรรณภาควดี). She died a year after receiving the royal title. The Royal Cremation was created at Nivetthammapravat Temple, in the area of Bang Pa-In Royal Palace.

Birth[edit]

Princess Srivilailak was the eldest daughter of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) the Great of Siam and Chao Chom Manda Pae Bunnag (later elevated into Lady (Chao Khun Phra) Prayuravongse), daughter of Lord (Chao Phraya) Suravongs Vaiyavadhana (son of Somdet Chao Phraya Borom Maha Si Suriyawongse). She had 2 younger sisters;

She was born while his father held the title just the heir-apparent to the Siamese throne. That time he was Prince Chulalongkorn, the Prince Pinit Prajanadh and her mother was Mom Pae. She was born outside the Grand Palace, because of the ancient tradition about giving birth. Her mother was not allowed to giving birth inside the palace until the prince's succeeding the throne. The Grang Palace was allowed of giving birth to the children of the King only. Prince Chulalongkorn prepared the Nanda Utayan Garden house near the grand palace for Mom Pae to resided for giving birth in the future.

When Mom Pae was pregnant for 7 months, she gave birth to a child before appreciate time. The child was still in the belly, so the doctor understood that the royal child died. So the doctor put the belly in the solid pot, sinking in the river by the ancient tradition. But before sinking, Mom Pae's father, Phraya Suravongs Vaiyavadhana wanted to know the baby was the prince or princess. So he ripped the belly out, he surprisingly found the baby was breathing, and the baby was the princess. So they helped taking care of the princess very well. Then the mother and the princess moved to Suan Kularb House, in the area of Grand Palace.

After she was born, she was held the title Mom Chao and the style of Serene Highness. And when her father succeed the Siamese Throne from her grandfather, King Mongkut (Rama IV), she was elevated her title into Princess and style of Royal Highness. She was given the full name from her father as Srivilailaksana Sundornsakdi Galyavadi (Thai: ศรีวิไลยลักษณ์ สุนทรศักดิกัลยาวดี). And her mother, Mom Pae was elevated into Chao Chom Manda.

Royal responsibilities[edit]

Princess Srivilailaksana was very trusted from her father. She was also called Greatest-trusted lovely daughter by her father, King Chulalongkorn. For taking care of her step-siblings. Although she was born before her father's succeeding, but she was beloved by other members of the royal family, including the step-young siblings. Furthermore, she was allowed from his father for taking care of the young princesses who were going to reach the adult age. Because of the Palace's princesses tradition, when the young princesses nearly reached the adult age, had to be allowed and took care closely by the elders.

For the royal duties, she was one of the executive vice-president of the Red Unalom Society, the major humanitarian organisation (later Thai Red Cross Society), founded by Queen Savang Vadhana as maternal patron. And Queen Saovabha Bongsri was appointed the first president, and Thanpuying Plien Phasakoravongs acted as the society secretary. She worked as the executive vice-president with the other princesses;

Prestigious the royal title[edit]

On 10 January 1903, in the occasion of King Chulalongkorn's 35th anniversary of accession to the throne. She was given the Krom royal title Krom Khun Suphan Bhakvadi (translated as the Princess of Suphanburi). Because of his greatest trusted lovely daughter, she was given the 4th level of the Krom ranks, Krom Khun, instead Krom Muen, which normally given to the royal children first until elevated higher in any time.

In announcing the honour, The King said the Princess, who was his very trusted daughter. Furthermore, it is a well-known fact that she had been steadfast in her devotion to the King in order that He would enjoy grace and glory. And as beloved by her step-younger siblings, the other younger members of the Royal family helped making diamond necklace, and then gave to her as the special occasion of prestigious the royal title.

And there was the great celebration around the city, along with the exhibition about the biography and Royal duties of Princess Srivilailaksana. And the contest about the royal family along the schools around the city.

Death[edit]

Princess Srivilailaksana suffered from her terrible illness and finally died on 26 October 1904, at the age of only 36. As her body lay in state within Aisawan Dhiphya-Asana Pavilion, in the compound of the Bang Pa-In Royal Palace, Ayutthaya Province mourners thronged to pay their final respects. And in her funeral ceremony, her half-sister, Princess Chandra Saradavara, the Princess of Phichit suffered from illness and died on 21 February 1905, while going to pay respect to her at the Bang Pa-In Royal Palace. According to the Four Reigns novel, "Move one royal daughter's body down here, and move the another one royal daughter's body up there"...

Funeral[edit]

After she died in her residence in the area of Grand Palace. King Chulalongkorn ordered to officers, laid her body in Sutthai Sawan Prasat Throne Hall, in the compound of the Grand Palace. Until 14 February 1905, her body was moved to Bang Pa-In Royal Palace by moving from Sutthai Sawan Prasat, through Sakdichaiyasit Gate, straight to Samsen's train station. And then, the train moved through Ayutthaya Province, where King Chulalongkorn was there one day before the princess' body reached Ayutthaya.

Her body was laid in state in Aisawan Dhiphya-Asana Pavilion, a pavilion constructed in the middle of a pond, in the compound of the Bang Pa-In Royal Palace. The royal funeral tradition dates back to the Ayyutthaya period is influenced by thoudand-year-old India's Hindu traditions that treat kings as incarnations or descendants of deities and Buddhism's merit-making ceremonies. The three-day funeral ceremony and ritual officially started on 17 February 1905. The Royal Cremation ceremony was created at Nivetthammapravat Temple, in the area of the palace, performed by King Chulalongkorn, and mourned by every member of the Royal family. In the next morning, King Chulalongkorn collected his daughter's ashes and transferred into the stupa near the temple.

Titles[edit]

  • Her Serene Highness Princess (Mom Chao) Srivilailaksana [Mom Chao Srivilailak]: 24 July 1868 – 1 October 1868
  • Her Royal Highness Princess Srivilailaksana [Phra Chao Boromwongse Ther Phra Ong Chao Srivilailak]: 1 October 1868 – 10 January 1903
  • Her Royal Highness Princess Srivilailaksana Sudornsakdi Galyavadi, the Princess of Suphanburi [Phra Chao Boromwongse Ther Phra Ong Chao Srivilailak Sunthornsak Kalayawadi Krom Khun Suphan Phakvadi]: 10 January 1903 – 26 October 1904

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Ancestry[edit]

Ancestor of Princess Srivilailaksana, the Princess of Suphanburi
Princess Srivilailaksana Father:
Chulalongkorn, King Rama V of Siam
Paternal Grandfather:
Mongkut, King Rama IV of Siam
Paternal Great-grandfather:
Buddha Loetla Nabhalai, King Rama II of Siam
Paternal Great-grandmother:
Queen Sri Suriyendra
Paternal Grandmother:
Queen Debsirindra
Paternal Great-grandfather:
Prince Sirivongse, the Prince Matayabidaksa
Paternal Great-grandmother:
Mom Noi Sirivongs na Ayudhya
Mother:
Chao Chom Manda Pae Bunnag
Maternal Grandfather:
Chao Phraya Suravongs Vaiyavadhana
Maternal Great-grandfather:
Somdet Chao Phraya Borom Maha Sri Suriyawongse
Maternal Great-grandmother:
Klin Bunnag
Maternal Grandmother:
Im Bunnag
Maternal Great-grandfother:
unknown
Maternal Great-grandmother:
unknown

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