Boonruen Choonhavan

Than Phu Ying Boonruen Choonhavan (née Sophot; Thai: บุญเรือน ชุณหะวัณ; RTGSBunruean Chunhawan; 25 April 1920 – 14 August 2021) was a Thai socialite who was the wife of Chatichai Choonhavan, Prime Minister of Thailand and a relative of the Queen Mother Srinagarindra.[1]

Boonruen Choonhavan
บุญเรือน ชุณหะวัณ
Spouse of the Prime Minister of Thailand
In office
4 August 1988 – 23 February 1991
Preceded byWirat Chamanan
Succeeded bySotsi Panyarachun
Personal details
Born(1920-04-25)25 April 1920
Bangkok, Siam
Died14 August 2021(2021-08-14) (aged 101)
Bangkok, Thailand
Spouse(s)Chatichai Choonhavan


Chatichai and Boonruen had two children, daughter Wanee Hongpraphas, and their son political scientist, social activist, and former senator Kraisak Choonhavan.[2]

Boonruen and all her siblings were sponsored by Princess Srinagarindra and were a follower when the Princess and her families traveling to Lausanne, Switzerland by boat from Penang in April 1933 with Princess Sirindhorn, Prince Galyani Vadhana, King Ananda Mahidol and Prince Bhumibol Adulyadej. Later, Princess Srinagarindra arranged for her to live with a Swiss family and went on to study at a boarding school for girls. Boonruen graduated in child-rearing and accompanied Princess Srinagarindra back to Thailand in November 1938 and became a teacher at Laor Uthit Demonstration Kindergarten School Suan Dusit Institution.


Boonruen died in Bangkok of COVID-19 on 14 August 2021 at the age of 101.[3]


  1. ^ กัลยาณิวัฒนา กรมหลวงนราธิวาสราชนครินทร์, สมเด็จพระเจ้าพี่นางเธอ เจ้าฟ้า. "แม่เล่าให้ฟัง (1)". Mother of Mine. Retrieved 23 May 2015.
  2. ^ "7 – Market".
  3. ^ "Widow of late PM Chatichai dies of Covid at 101". Bangkok Post. 14 August 2021.