Sunandha Kumariratana

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Sunandha Kumariratana
Princess Consort of Siam
Queen Sunandha of Siam.jpg
Spouse Chulalongkorn
Issue Kannabhorn Bejaratana
Full name
Sunandha Kumariratana
House Chakri Dynasty
Father Mongkut
Mother Piam Sucharitakul
Born (1860-11-10)10 November 1860
Bangkok, Siam
Died 31 May 1880(1880-05-31) (aged 19)
Bang Pa In River, Siam

Sunandha Kumariratana (Thai: สุนันทากุมารีรัตน์; RTGS: Sunantha Kumarirat, 10 November 1860 – 31 May 1880) was a daughter of King Mongkut (Rama IV) and Princess Consort Piam. Her given name is Princess Sunandha Kumariratana (พระองค์เจ้าสุนันทากุมารีรัตน์). She was a half-sister and the first queen consort (พระบรมราชเทวี) and one of four queens of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V), two of which were her full-sibling younger sisters, Queen Savang Vadhana and Queen Saovabha Bhongsi.

The queen and her daughter drowned when the royal boat capsized while on the way to the Bang Pa-In Royal Palace (Summer palace). Despite the presence of many onlookers, they were forbidden on pain of death to touch the queen – not even to save her life.[1] The grief-stricken Chulalongkorn later erected a memorial to her and his unborn child at the Bang Pa-In Palace.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Andrew Marshall, The Queen and I, Weekend Australian, Travel, p. 5, 12–13 March 2005

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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