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Marshal-Admiral Paribatra Sukhumbandhu, Prince of Nakhon Sawan (RTGSBoriphat Sukhumphan; Thai: สมเด็จพระเจ้าบรมวงศ์เธอ เจ้าฟ้าบริพัตรสุขุมพันธุ์ กรมพระนครสวรรค์วรพินิต) (1881–1944), 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.

Paribatra Sukhumbandhu
Prince of Siam
Prince of Nakorn Sawan
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Minister of Defence
In office 24 August 1926 – 31 March 1928
Predecessor Yaem na Nakorn
Successor Boworadet
Minister of the Royal Siamese Navy
In office 11 December 1910 – 18 June 1920
Predecessor himself as the commander
Successor Bhanurangsi Savangwongse
as the director-general
Commander of the Navy Department
In office 24 February 1903 – 10 December 1910
Predecessor Bhanurangsi Savangwongse
Successor himself as the minister
Born 29 June 1881
Bangkok, Siam
Died January 18, 1944(1944-01-18) (aged 62)
Bandung, Dutch East Indies
  • Princess Prasongsom Jayanta
  • Sombandh Palakawong na Ayudhaya
Issue 10 sons and daughters
House Paribatra family (Chakri Dynasty)
Father Chulalongkorn (Rama V)
Mother Sukhumala Marasri
Military career
Allegiance Thailand Royal Siamese Army
Thailand Royal Siamese Navy
Rank RTA OF-10 (Field Marshal).svg Field Marshal
RTN OF-10 (Admiral of the Fleet).svg Admiral of the Fleet


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.

Following his return to Siam, his half brother King Vajiravudh (Rama VI) appointed him Commander of the Royal Thai Navy, Minister of Marine and Minister of the Army.

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, Chumbhotbongs 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 former governor of Bangkok.

See alsoEdit


  • Paul M. Handley, "The King Never Smiles" Yale University Press: 2006, ISBN 0-300-10682-3