Chula Chakrabongse

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Chula Chakrabongse
Prince of Thailand
Born (1908-03-28)28 March 1908
Paruskavan Palace, Bangkok, Siam
Died 30 December 1963(1963-12-30) (aged 55)
Cornwall, England
Spouse Elizabeth Hunter
Issue Narisa Chakrabongse
House Chakrabongse family (Chakri Dynasty)
Father Chakrabongse Bhuvanath
Mother Ekaterina Desnitskaya

Chula Chakrabongse (Thai: จุลจักรพงษ์; rtgsChunlachakkraphong; 28 March 1908 – 30 December 1963), was a member of the family of the Chakri Dynasty of Thailand and of the House of Chakkraphong. He was the only child of Prince Chakrabongse Bhuvanath and his Ukrainian wife, Ekaterina (Catherine) Desnitska (later Mom Catherine Na Phitsanulok). He was a grandson of King Chulalongkorn.

Early life[edit]

Prince Chula Chakrabongse was born on 28 March 1908 in Paruskavan Palace, Bangkok, with the title Mom Chao (His Serene Highness). Saovabha Phongsri, his grandmother, gave him the name Phongchak (พงษ์จักร; rtgsPhongchak). Later his uncle, King Vajiravudh, raised him the higher rank of Phra Chao Worawong Thoe Phra Ong Chao (His Royal Highness Prince) and changed his name to Chunlachakkraphong. Palace officials affectionately called him "the Little Prince" (ท่านพระองค์หนู Than Phraong Nu).

When very young, Chula was sent to study in the United Kingdom, where he also spent his teenage years, attending Harrow School, not returning to Thailand until he was 23.

Later life[edit]

Prince Chula with Elizabeth Hunter in 1936

In 1938 he married Elizabeth Hunter, an English woman (known as Lisba). Their daughter, Mom Rajawongse Narisa Chakrabhongse, was born in 1956.[1] [2] They lived at Tredethy, St Mabyn, in Cornwall in the 1940s and 1950s.[3]

When Prince Chula's cousin Prince Birabongse Bhanudej ("B. Bira") went to England in 1927, Chula was supervising a racing team called White Mouse Racing.[4] Prince Bira decided to drive for him.

In 1936 Chula's White Mouse team purchased an ERA for Bira, and he quickly became one of the leading exponents of this class of international racing. Bira's partnership with Chula ended in late 1948.

Prince Chula was the author of thirteen books, including a history of the Chakri Dynasty, a biography about the race-car driver Richard Seaman and an autobiography.

Prince Chula died of cancer in 1963 at the age of 55.

Titles and styles[edit]

28 March 1908 – 1923: His Serene Highness Prince Phongchak

(Thai: หม่อมเจ้าพงษ์จักร; rtgsMom Chao Phongchak)

1923 – 30 December 1963: His Royal Highness Prince Chula Chakrabongse

(Thai: พระเจ้าวรวงศ์เธอ พระองค์เจ้าจุลจักรพงษ์; rtgsPhra Chao Worawong Ther Phra Ong Chao Chula Chakrabongse)


  1. ^ Soravij. "Chakrabongse". Retrieved 24 May 2009. 
  2. ^ HRH Prince Chula CHAKRABONGSE.
  3. ^ "New Zealand Cornish Association newsletter" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 July 2013. Retrieved 24 May 2009. 
  4. ^ His Highness (Pra Worawongse Ther Pra Ong Chao) Prince Birabongse Bhanutej


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