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Bejaratana Rajasuda
Princess of Thailand
Princess Bejaratana Rajasuda.jpg
Born(1925-11-24)24 November 1925
Grand Palace, Bangkok, Siam
Died27 July 2011(2011-07-27) (aged 85)
Siriraj Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand
Burial9 April 2012
Royal Crematorium, Sanam Luang, Bangkok, Thailand
Full name
Bejaratana Rajasuda Sirisobhabannavadi
HouseChakri Dynasty
FatherVajiravudh (Rama VI)
MotherPrincess Suvadhana

Princess Bejaratana Rajasuda (Thai: เพชรรัตนราชสุดา; Thai pronunciation: [pʰêttɕʰarát râːttɕʰasùdāː]; RTGSPhetcharat Ratchasuda, 24 November 1925 – 27 July 2011) was the only child of the King Vajiravudh of Thailand. She was a first cousin of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and third cousin of King Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia.[1][2]

Her funeral was held on 9 April 2012, at Sanam Luang ceremonial ground in Bangkok.[3][4][5]


Bejaratana Rajasuda (left) and her mother Suvadhana

Princess Bejaratana was born on 24 November 1925 in the Royal Grand Palace, Bangkok, the only child of King Vajiravudh (Rama VI) and Princess Suvadhana. Having seen his daughter only one time, the king died the following day, her uncle, who became King Prajadhipok (Rama VII), performed the naming ceremony for the princess on 30 December.

Princess Bejaratana and her mother moved to Suan Hongsa Villa in Dusit Palace, where she received her education from a private tutor, they moved in with Queen Sri Savarindira (the Queen Dowager) during World War II, and the princess attended Rajani School until she was 12. She and her mother then moved to England, where she continued her education and took medication for her poor health, she first stayed at Fairhill Villa in Surrey, before settling in Brighton.[6]

In November 1957, Princess Bejaratana returned to Thailand, she bought land on Sukhumvit Road Soi 38, and built Ruenruedi Villa Palace. The princess undertook her duties of representing the royal family, her special interests were in education, public health, Buddhism, the soldiers and police guarding Thailand's borders, and general public welfare.

The royal crematorium of Princess Bejaratana Rajasuda at Sanam Luang

Near the end of her life she reduced her royal duties due to age, but occasionally still did work relating to her royal father.

Princess Bejaratana died on 27 July 2011 at 16:37 at Siriraj Hospital, Bangkok, aged 85.[7]

Titles and styles[edit]

Styles of
Princess Bejaratana of Thailand
Female Royalty's Standard of Thailand.svg
Reference style Her Royal Highness
Spoken style Your Royal Highness
Alternative style Ma'am
  • 30 December 1925 – 27 July 2011 : Her Royal Highness Princess Bejaratana Rajasuda.

The Princess's style and title in full: Her Royal Highness Princess Bejaratana Rajasuda Sirisobhabannavadi (Thai: สมเด็จพระเจ้าภคินีเธอ เจ้าฟ้าเพชรรัตนราชสุดา สิริโสภาพัณณวดี; RTGSSomdet Phrachao Phakhinithoe Chaofa Phetcharat Ratchasuda Sirisopha Phannawadi) The word "Phakhini" (Thai: ภคินี) is meaning Cousin.[8]

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  1. ^ Bing Soravij BhiromBhakdi. Her Royal Highness Princess Bejaratana, The Siamese Collection, Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  2. ^ Sokheounpang. Khmer-Siam Royal Family Tree. Retrieved 27 January 2013
  3. ^
  4. ^ "ในหลวง-พระราชินี"เสด็จฯพระราชทานเพลิงพระศพ (Press release) (in Thai). เดลินิวส์. 10 April 2012. Retrieved 16 April 2012.
  5. ^ "ในหลวง-พระราชินี" เสด็จพระราชทานเพลิงจริง สมเด็จเจ้าฟ้าเพชรรัตนฯ (Press release) (in Thai). ผู้จัดการออนไลน์. 9 April 2012. Retrieved 16 April 2012.
  6. ^ Bangkok Post:Princess Bejraratana dies, 85
  7. ^ She was kept in Bhumipol's and Sirikit's freezer until April 2012. Thai Nation Mourns the Death of Princess Bejaratana (28 July 2011)[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ บ. บุหงามาศ. "สมเด็จพระเจ้าภคินีเธอ" เจ้าฟ้าเพชรรัตนราชสุดา สิริโสภาพัณณวดี. ในศิลปวัฒนธรรม ปีที่ 33 ฉบับที่ 9 กรกฎาคม 2555. กรุงเทพฯ : มติชน. 2555, หน้า 24 (in Thai)
  9. ^ Ratchakitcha
  10. ^ Ratchakitcha

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