Last Days of the Absolute Monarchy


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Caption on back of photo: Siamese sovereigns taken prisoner by Revolutionists
New York……..King Prajadhapok and Queen Ramba of Siam who have been placed under arrest following a revolutionary upheaval in their country, according to news telephoned to Berlin, Germany from Bangkok (capital of Siam) by the German Flyer, Marga von Etzdorf. The Flyer said that the army and navy had joined the revolt and that the commander-in-chief of the military forces had been shot and killed. Prince Svaeti of Siam, a brother-in-law of the King, is now visiting New York incognito. June 24, 1932
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Last days of the absolute monarchy – June 24, 2011
June 24 is the date of the overthrow of the absolute monarchy in Thailand. Here are some photos of the diplomatic activities of the King and Queen in the years before and after the overthrow.

Also: Siam tries a people’s party – from Asia magazine, Vol. XXXII, Number 9, November, 1932


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Caption on back of photo: Siam’s Rulers honored at the White House
Washington, D.C. — King Prajadhipok of Siam and his Queen as they arrived in Washington where they were the guests of the President and Mrs. Hoover at a special state dinner in their honor at the White House. The Royal guests were welcomed to the capital by Vice President Curtis (right) and Secretary of State Stimson. King Prajadhipok is the first absolute monarch of the orient to visit the capital city of the United States. April 28, 1931
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Caption on back of photo: Two motion picture fans from the Far East, King Prajadhipok and Queen Ramaibarni of Siam, have the mechanism of a sound camera explained to them by Mr. Adolph Zukor, President of the Paramount-Publix Corporation, and Mrs. Zukor. The royal couple were recent visitors to Paramount’s New York Studios. (Source unknown)


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Caption on back of photo: Two Rules Bow
Berlin, Germany….. Two heads that bow as one, Herr Adolf Hitler, Dictator of Germany (left), bids bon voyage to King Prajadhipok of Siam, when the latter, accompanied by his queen, left Berlin following their extended visit to Germany’s capital. This modern ruling family does all its traveling by airplane, while in Europe, at least. 7-13-34
(From International News Photo)


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Caption on back of photo: Siamese King reviews Reich [illegible] guard of honor
Berlin, Germany….. During his recent visit to Berlin, his Majesty, King Prajadhipok of Siam (center in dark overcoat), visited the Tomb of the Unknown German Soldier, following this rite, he reviewed his guard of honor comprised of members of the Reichswehr – July 12, 1934
(From International News Photo)


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Caption on back of photo: Siam’s Queen visits Tomb of Washington
Wash. D.C….. Mrs. Herbert Hoover, wife of the President (center) with Queen Rambai Barni (or Darni) of Siam (at Mrs. Hoover’s left) and other members of their party, pictured at the Tomb of George Washington at Mount Vernon yesterday April 30th. The Queen evinced great interest in the house and grounds wherein lived the "father of his country." May 1, 1931
(From International News Photo)


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Caption on back of photo: Mayor Jimmy Walker gives Siamese rulers city’s greetings
New York.. Left to right, their majesties the Queen and King of Siam, with Mayor James J. Walker of New York, on the city hall steps during the city’s official greeting to the monarchs from the Orient. Mayor Walker and the King were conversing about the average American’s acquaintance with Siamese things in general when the picture was taken. The King and Queen were keenly appreciative of the city’s welcome. May 4, 1931
(From International News Photo)


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