|Prince of Siam
Prince of Nakorn Sawan
|Minister of Defence|
|In office||24 August 1926 – 31 March 1928|
|Predecessor||Yaem na Nakorn|
|Commander of the Navy Department|
|In office||24 February 1903 – 10 December 1910|
|Successor||himself as the minister|
|Minister of the Royal Siamese Navy|
|In office||11 December 1910 – 18 June 1920|
|Predecessor||himself as the commander|
as the director-general
|Born||29 June 1881
|Died||January 18, 1944
Bandung, Dutch East Indies
|Issue||10 sons and daughters|
|Father||Chulalongkorn (Rama V)|
Marshal-Admiral Paribatra Sukhumbhand, Prince of Nakhon Sawan (rtgs: Boriphat 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.
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. He died in 1944 while in exile, in Japanese-controlled Indonesia. His remains were repatriated by a Royal commission ( a member of which was Prince Arjuna Suasti) in 1948.
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.
- Paul M. Handley, "The King Never Smiles" Yale University Press: 2006, ISBN 0-300-10682-3
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