Crown Prince Soulivong Savang (Lao: ເຈົ້າຟ້າຊາຍມົງກຸດຣາຊະກຸມາຣ ສຸລິວົງສ໌ ສະຫວ່າງ; born May 8, 1963), grandson of the last King of Laos Savang Vatthana, is the pretender to the Lao throne. Laos was a monarchy until 1975, when the communist Pathet Lao seized control of the nation, causing Savang Vatthana to abdicate his throne. Soulivong Savang lives in exile in Paris.
May 8, 1963 |
|Last monarch||Savang Vatthana|
|Royal House||Khun Lo Dynasty|
|Lao Royal Family|
HRH Hereditary Prince Soulivong Savang
After the communist revolution, some members of the royal family were placed in re-education camps where they reportedly died, although Prince Souphanouvong later became President of the newly established republic. Prince Khantharinh escaped from captivity in Laos with his younger brother Prince Thayavong Khantharinh in 1981, arriving in France as refugees.
He has been working to restore democracy as well as "social and charitable reforms" to Laos. "The restoration of the monarchy would be up to the Lao people", he said. His uncle Prince Sauryavong Savang was regarded as head of the Laotian royal family and acted as regent to his nephew. A Royal Lao Government in Exile exists.
On September 19, 1997, Soulivong Khantharinh and his Uncle Prince Sauryavong Khantharinh initiated a Royal Lao Conference in Seattle, United States. Over five hundred Lao exiles and representatives of the Hmong, Kmu, Mien, Thaidam and all ethnic minority community attended. This conference established the Lao Representative Abroad Council.
On September 19, 1999, a second conference was held in Montreal, Canada, to follow up the progress of LRAC work and focus on non-profit organizations to support the local and worldwide community through community development, social services, education and job development, promoting cultural activity. Soulivong capitalized on the rise in royalist sentiment in neighboring Thailand.
The Laotian exile community – 100,000 in France, 40,000 in Australia and half a million in the United States – has been fractured ethnically between Lao and Hmong. The crown prince said he tells both groups that a constitutional monarchy is their best hope of unity.
On November 10, 2007, the Prince married Princess Chansouk Soukthala. The ceremony, which took place in Canada, was attended by 800 guests. The bride, Princess Chansouk, is a daughter of the former military Prosecutor Prince Tanh Soukthala and Princess Bounchanh Soukthala.
|Ancestors of Soulivong Savang|
- Laotian Royal Family
- Prince Souvanna Phouma
- Prince Phetsarath Rattanavongsa
- Pathet Lao
- Prince Souphanouvong
- Frommer's Cambodia and Laos, p.255.
- Christopher Kremmer, Stalking the Elephant Kings, In Search of Laos (1997)
- Christopher Kremmer, Bamboo Palace, Discovering the Lost Dynasty of Laos (2003)
- Royal Ark
- Exiled Laotian Prince Seeks a New Role, 13.8.2000
- FEER, Kingdom Come?, 17 August 2001
- Over 800 Celebrated the Royal Wedding of HRH Prince Soulivong Savang, Grandson of Laos' Former King., lao.voanews.com, 15.11.2007
- Exiled Laos Prince Appeals to US by Washington Post
- Former Royal Laos Flag & Laos National Anthem[dead link]
- Speech of His Royal Highness Prince Soulivong Savang at Bowdoin College
- Political turmoil comes to one of the most isolated communist ruled countries in Southeast Asia
- Press release of the Lao Royal Family
- LAOS: ROYALTY Kingdom Come?
- Deposed Lao family adds royal touch to Farmington temple; Families gather for day of worship and remembrance
- Laos Royals pay respects to September 11, 2001 Victims (Photos)
- Welcoming speech of Crown Prince Soulivong Savang (French)
Soulivong SavangBorn: 8 May 1963
|Titles in pretence|
|— TITULAR —
King of Laos
2 May 1978?/1980?/1984?-
Reason for succession failure:
Monarchy abolished in 1975 – Communist take over