Photo of H.M. King Chulalongkorn, Rama V
On his Second Coronation, 16 October 1873

Photo of King Chulalongkorn, Rama V, 1873 - Gift of King Rama V, 1876

Photo of H.M. King Chulalongkorn, Rama V, on his Second Coronation, 16 October, 1873
Gift of King Chulalongkorn, 1876
Centennial Exposition, Siam Exhibit
National Anthropological Archives
Inventory # 041031.00
H.M. King Chulalongkorn, Rama V, is seen resplendent in his gold robes on the day of his Second Coronation. He is wearing the Great Crown of Victory and is surrounded by his other regalia. His father N.M. King Mongkut, Rama IV, had died of malaria contracted on an expedition to the Gulf of Siam to observe a solar eclipse (King Mongkut had predicted the solar eclipse precisely) in August, 1868. King Chulalongkorn wrote a touching letter, bordered in black, informing President Andrew Johnson of King Mongkut's death (U.S. National Archives, Ceremonial Letters). King Chulalongkorn also sent these mourning letters to all other Western heads of state at the time of King Mongkut's death. Somdet Chao Phraya Sri Suriyawongse served as regent until King Chulalongkorn's second coronation in 1873 (Chakrabongse 1967; Moffat 1961; Griswold 1960). This photograph was sent along with the Siam Exhibit items for the 1876 Centennial Exposition.

Gallery 1

1a. Robert's Treaty, 1833

1b. Harris Treaty, 1856

1c. Status & Rank of the Presidents

Gallery 2

2a. H.M. King Chulongkorn's Gifts

2b. Centennial Exposition, 1876

2c. 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition

Gallery 3

3a. Institutional Gifts

3b. Recent Gifts to the US

3c. Thai Royal Gifts in Perspective

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