Chula Chakrabongse (Thai: จุลจักรพงษ์; RTGS: Chunlachakkraphong; 28 March 1908 – 30 December 1963), was a member of the family of the Chakri Dynasty of Thailand and of the House of Chakkraphong. He was the only child of Prince Chakrabongse Bhuvanath and his Russian wife, Ekaterina Desnitskaya (later Mom Catherine Na Phitsanulok). He was a grandson of King Chulalongkorn.
|Prince of Thailand|
|Born||28 March 1908|
Paruskavan Palace, Bangkok, Siam
|Died||30 December 1963 (aged 55)|
|Spouse||Elisabeth Curling Hunter|
|House||Chakrabongse family (Chakri Dynasty)|
|Service/||Royal Thai Army|
Prince Chula Chakrabongse was born on 28 March 1908 in Paruskavan Palace, Bangkok, with the title Mom Chao (His Serene Highness). Saovabha Phongsri, his grandmother, gave him the name Phongchak (พงษ์จักร; RTGS: Phongchak). Later his uncle, King Vajiravudh, raised him the higher rank of Phra Chao Worawong Thoe Phra Ong Chao (His Royal Highness Prince) and changed his name to Chunlachakkraphong. Palace officials affectionately called him "the Little Prince" (ท่านพระองค์หนู Than Phraong Nu).
When very young, Chula was sent to study in the United Kingdom, where he spent his teenage years, attending Harrow School. He graduated with Bachelor and Master from Trinity College, University of Cambridge.
In 1938 he married Elizabeth Hunter, an English woman (known as Lisba). Their daughter, Mom Rajawongse Narisa Chakrabhongse, was born in 1956. They lived at Tredethy, St Mabyn, in Cornwall in the 1940s and 1950s.
In 1936 Chula's White Mouse team purchased an ERA for Bira, and he quickly became one of the leading exponents of this class of international racing. Bira's partnership with Chula ended in late 1948.
Prince Chula was the author of thirteen books, including a history of the Chakri Dynasty, a biography about the race-car driver Richard Seaman and an autobiography.
Prince Chula died of cancer in 1963 at the age of 55.
Titles and stylesEdit
28 March 1908 – 1923: His Serene Highness Prince Phongchak Chakrabongse
1923 – 30 December 1963: His Royal Highness Prince Chula Chakrabongse
Orders and decorationsEdit
- Knight of The Most Illustrious Order of the Royal House of Chakri (19 February 1933)
- Knight Grand Cordon (Special Class) of The Most Illustrious Order of Chula Chom Klao
- Knight Grand Cordon (Special Class) of the Order of the White Elephant
- Knight Grand Cordon (Special Class) of the Order of the Crown of Thailand
- King Rama VI Royal Cypher Medal, Third Class
- King Rama VII Royal Cypher Medal, First Class
- King Rama VIII Royal Cypher Medal, First Class
- King Rama IX Royal Cypher Medal, First Class
- Honorary Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (United Kingdom, 2 February 1938)
- Soravij. "Chakrabongse". Retrieved 24 May 2009.
- HRH Prince Chula CHAKRABONGSE. genealogy.rootsweb.com
- "New Zealand Cornish Association newsletter" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 July 2013. Retrieved 24 May 2009.
- His Highness (Pra Worawongse Ther Pra Ong Chao) Prince Birabongse Bhanutej
- "PRINCE OF SIAM VISITS KING, Invested With Order". Central Queensland Herald. 10 February 1938. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
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- Chula Chakrabongse (1989). Koet Wang Parut เกิดวังปารุสก์ [Born in Parut Palace] (PDF) (in Thai) (10th ed.). Bangkok: Phitsanulok Publishing. ISBN 9748693856.
- Chula Chakrabongse (1957). The Twain Have Met: Or, an Eastern Prince Came West. Foulis. OCLC 11760365.
- Other works
- Chula Chakrabongse (1993). Chao Chiwit Sayam Kon Yuk Prachathipatai เจ้าชีวิตสยามก่อนยุคประชาธิปไตย [Siamese Lords of Life Prior to Democratic Age] (PDF) (in Thai) (4th ed.). Bangkok: River Books. ISBN 9748358844.
- Chula Chakrabongse (1945). Dick Seaman, Racing Motorist (4th ed.). G. T. Foulis & Company.
- Chula Chakrabongse (1967). Lords of Life: A History of the Kings of Thailand. Alvin Redman.
- Chula Chakrabongse (writing as Prince Chula of Siam) (1946). Road Racing 1936: Being an Account of One Season of B. Bira, the Racing Motorist (2nd ed.). London: G. T. Foulis & Company.