A trip down memory lane with the Danish Embassy in Bangkok

Photo curtesy: Embassy of Denmark in Bangkok

As part of the celebration of Denmark – Thailand 400 year anniversary, the embassy of Denmark in Bangkok often takes a trip down memory lane and celebrates special historical days with the series “ON THIS DAY”. On Friday 12 February, the embassy posted this photo from a visit to Thailand of then Crown Prince Frederik, who would later reign as King Frederik IX – the father of the current Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. This is the link to the announcement:

“ON THIS DAY: 12 February 1930

On this day the Danish Crown Prince, who would later reign as King Frederik IX, paid a royal visit to Siam.
The trip was the Crown Prince’s first trip outside of Europe and accompanied by Prince Knud, Prince Alex and Princess Margaretha he had sailed to Siam onboard the ship “Fionia” from The East Asiatic Company. At 19:30 on the 12th the royal party anchored at Koh Sichang pier.

Next day, the royal family members were brought to Bangkok by a royal yacht “Thalang” sent by His Majesty King Prajadhipok (King Rama VII). In Bangkok they were welcomed by members of the Siamese royal family, who escorted the party to Ampara Palace where the King and Queen were awaiting their arrival.

Pages from a diary written anonymously, but suspected to be from either the chamberlain of the Crown Prince or the Crown Prince himself, describes Their Majesties the King and Queen of Siam:
“𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘒𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘢 𝘮𝘢𝘯 𝘰𝘧 𝘴𝘮𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘣𝘶𝘪𝘭𝘥 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘩𝘦 𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘥𝘪𝘨𝘯𝘪𝘧𝘪𝘦𝘥 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘪𝘮𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘷𝘦. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘘𝘶𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘦𝘹𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘮𝘦𝘭𝘺 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘴 𝘣𝘦𝘢𝘶𝘵𝘪𝘧𝘶𝘭 𝘢𝘴 𝘴𝘩𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘥 𝘣𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘳𝘶𝘮𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘦. 𝘚𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘤𝘭𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘯 𝘌𝘶𝘳𝘰𝘱𝘦𝘢𝘯 𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘭 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘤𝘩 𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘷𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘦𝘯𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘦𝘭𝘦𝘨𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘣𝘦𝘢𝘶𝘵𝘺 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘯 𝘧𝘶𝘳𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳”.

During the visit, on February 22, King Prajadhipok and his Queen accepted an invitation from the Danish Crown Prince to attend a luncheon onboard “Fionia”. This was the first time ever a Siamese monarch visited a privately owned vessel.

Photo curtesy: Embassy of Denmark in Bangkok
Photo curtesy: Embassy of Denmark in Bangkok

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