|His Royal Highness Prince Chakrabongse Bhuvanath, Prince
of Bisnulok, was born on 3 March 1883, 40th child of His Majesty King Rama
V and 4th child of Her Majesty Queen Sri Bajarindra. He was educated
in the Royal Palace, and then was sent to England. During King Chulalongkorn's
visit to Russia, His Imperial Majesty the Tzar Nicolas II of Russia, a
close friend of King Rama V, invited the king to send a son to be educated
in mighty Russia, under the care of the Tzar. Prince Chakrabongse
was chosen and soon, after learning Russian in England, he went to Russia.
He finally became a Colonel in the Hussar Regiment of Emperor Nicholas
II of Russia.
The prince was a favourite son of both the King and Queen.
He represented his father on many foreign visits, such as to the wedding
of Crown Prince Wilhelm and Crown Princess Cecilie of Prussia, the funeral
of King Umberto I of Italy, and the Coronation of King George V and Queen
Mary of Great Britain.
The Prince of Bisnulok was a member of the Privy Council
to King Rama V and VI, Chief of the General Staff of the Royal Siamese
Army, Minister of War, and heir presumptive to the Throne. Today,
he is respected as the "Father of the Royal Thai Air Force.
He was married in Constantinople, to Mom Catherine Chakrabongse
Na Ayutthaya, a Russian. His only child was HRH Prince Chula Chakrabongse.
Prince Chakrabongse died in 1920 at a young age of
Prince Chakrabongse's only granddaughter is Mom Rajawongse Narisa Chakrabongse, owner of River Books, producing many books on Thailand. One famous book is The Royal Family of Thailand which chronicals the descendants of King Rama V, and is regarded a the bible of Thailand's Royal Family. Another books is Katya and the Prince of Siam, which tells the story of Prince Chakrabongse and Mom Catherine, and gives the reader a glimpse into life in Siam and Russia back then.