Travel to Russia
On July 22, 2017 an opening ceremony of the exhibition «Duty and Passion. The Life and Times of Prince Chakrabongse» was held in Parusakawan Palace located next the Grand Palace in downtown Bangkok. Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn presided over the ceremony.
The ceremony, which was attended by H.E. Mr. Don Pramudwinai, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand and other dignitaries, began with a short presentation by Mrs. M.R. Narisa Chakrabongse, great-granddaughter of King Rama V and granddaughter of Prince Chakrabongse. She reminded the guests of close ties between the Royal families of the Russian Empire and the Kingdom of Siam. Prince Chakrabongse (1883-1920) was sent by his father to Russia where he lived from 1898 to 1906. He graduated from the Corps des Pages in Saint Petersburg and then served in the Life Guards Regiment of the Russian Emperor. Upon his return to Siam Prince Chakrabongse was appointed Chief of General Staff of the Royal Thai Armed Forces. He was married to Ekaterina Desnitskaya, a Russian who in Siam became Princess of Phitsanulok.
The exhibition was timed with the celebration of the 120th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and Thailand. It also followed the release of a new book of Mrs. M.R. Narisa Chakrabongse about her grandfather based on correspondence between King Rama V and his son.
Accompanied by Mrs. M.R. Narisa Chakrabongse and H.E. Mr. Kirill Barsky, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Kingdom of Thailand, HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn toured the exhibition spending more than one hour there. Her Royal Highness demonstrated sincere interest in the items displayed for public, took notes and made photographs of the exhibits and explanations with Her i-phone.