The Thai Monarchy

 

   The House of Chakri (ราชวงศ์จักรี)

   The House of Chakri (Kings Rama I-IX), which
   presently rules the Thai  kingdom is believed to
   be directly descended from  King Narasuan and
   King Aghatosarotha, the two Ayuddhya kings
   who declared independence from  Burma's
   Tong-U dynasty in the 17th century. The father
   of King Rama I served as Minister of Interior in
   King Boromagosa's reign. His title was
   Chaophraya Chakri (General Lord Chakri). He
   died a decade before Ayuddhya lost its war
   with King Hsinbyushin of Burma. Six months after
   the fall of Ayuddhya, the second Thai capital
   after Sukhothai, Governor Tak fought to regain
   control of Thai territories in the Central Plains.
   Chaopraya Tak's  military campaign was
   ambitious because the Burmese army greatly
   outnumbered the Thais. Yet, Chaopraya Tak
   was able to claim victory.

        
             Interesting Links


    House of Chakri family tree
   
Mahidol University's interactive
            information page about the
            Thai monarchy

 
 Thai monarchy by the Thai
            Embassy in the United
            States

 
 King Rama IX's royal family
    King Rama IX's coronation

 

   After realizing that damage to Ayuddha was beyond repair, Chaopraya Tak
   established a new capital at Thonburi on the Mekong River just opposite Bangkok, and
   became King Thaksin. King Thaksin ruled over Thailand for 15 years and was overthrown
   by the Thonburi nobility who accused the king of insanity and blasphemy. King Rama I,
   then Gen. Chaopraya Chakri, who was in Cambodia on a military campaign, returned to
   the capital. Chaopraya Chakri ascended the throne and became King Rama I. After
   his coronation, he decided to relocate the capital to  Bangkok.  From that point on, his
   family, the House of Chakri, has continued to rule Thailand until today.

 

 


                          The House of Chakri
                                         พระบรมวงศานุวงศ์

                                          Royal Titles
                                              พระราชอิสริยยศ
 

                                    Grand Palace
                                         พระบรมมหาราชวัง


                           Symbols of Majesty
                        
  เครื่องเบญจราชกกุธภัณฑ์
 


                                Royal language
                                                   
คำราชาศัพท์
 

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