Paribatra Sukhumbhand

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Paribatra Sukhumbhand
Prince of Siam , Prince of Nakorn Sawan
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Spouse Princess Prasongsom Jayanta
Sombandh Palakawong na Ayudhaya
Issue 10 sons and daughters
Full name
HRH Prince Paribatra Sukhumbhand , Prince of Nakorn Sawan
House House of Chakri
Father King Chulalongkorn (Rama V)
Mother Queen Sukhumala Marasrii
Born 29 June 1881
Bangkok, Thailand
Died January 18, 1944(1944-01-18) (aged 62)
Bandung, Indonesia

Prince Paribatra Sukhumbhand, Prince of Nakhon Sawan (rtgsBoriphat Sukhumphan; Thai: สมเด็จพระเจ้าบรมวงศ์เธอ เจ้าฟ้าบริพัตรสุขุมพันธุ์ กรมพระนครสวรรค์วรพินิต) was a highly influential Thai military officer and government minister in the early 20th century during the last years of the absolute monarchy. He served as Chief of Staff of the Royal Thai Army, Commander of the Royal Thai Navy, Naval Minister, Army Minister, Defense Minister, Interior Minister, and as a Privy Counsellor to both King Vajiravudh and King Prajadhipok.


Prince Paribatra was the 33rd child (and 13th son) of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) by Queen Sukhumala Marasri. He joined his father for a journey to Europe in 1897, following which he entered the Prussian Cadet Corps to study at the Prussian Military academy at Groß-Lichterfelde.

Following his return to Siam, his half brother King Vajiravudh (Rama VI) appointed him Commander of the Royal Thai Navy, Minister of Marine and Minister of the Army.

After the 1932 coup that ended the absolute monarchy in Siam, he was exiled from the kingdom to Bandung, Indonesia, which was then under the Dutch administration. During World War II he cooperated with Plaek Pibulsonggram. He died in 1944 while in exile, in Japanese-controlled Indonesia.

A half-brother to two Thai kings, Prince Paribatra fathered eight children by his royal wife, Mom Chao (HSH Princess) Prasongsom Paribatra (Chaiyan). Two were sons, but only one, Chombhot Paribatra, lived to adulthood. Prince Paribatra also had a son with a commoner wife, Mom Somphan Paribatra na Ayudhaya (Palakawong), Prince Sukhumabhinanda - father of Mom Ratchawong Sukhumbhand Paribatra, the current governor of Bangkok.


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