Thursday, September 6, 2012

Prince Svasti of Siam, death 10 December 1935, Penang

Prince Svasti, father of the ex-Queen of Siam, is seriously ill in his residence in Burma Road, Penang. The Prince who is 70 years old has been ill for some time but appeared to be on the way to recovery when visited recently by Prince Purachatra. A telegram just received however suggests that he has suffered a relapse. [The Straits Times, 6 December 1935, Page 14]

PRINCE SVASTI. Death Of Ex-King of Siam's Father-in Law. The death took place in Penang yesterday morning of Prince Svasti, the father-in-law of ex-King Prajadhipok of Siam. The Prince, who was 70 years of age, had been ill for some time but appeared to be on the road to recovery when a relapse occurred, death taking place at 4 a.m. at his residence in Burma Road. [The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 11 December 1935, Page 10]

LATE PRINCE SVASTI. Date For Funeral Not Yet Fixed. Penang Dec 11. H.R.H. Prince Svasti, father of the ex-queen of Siam, who died at his residence in Penang yesterday, had been ailing for some months. He was 70 years of age. The Prince came to reside in Penang about two years ago. He had been in indifferent health since a motor accident in which he was involved last year. His condition took a turn for the worse about five days ago. The date for his funeral has not been fixed. It is understood it will take place a fortnight hence. [The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 12 December 1935, Page 15]

SIAMESE PRINCES IN PENANG. Penang Dec 16. In connection with the death of His Royal Highness Prince Svasti. the father of the ex-Queen of Siam, it is learnt that H.R.H. Prince Devavongse and H.R.H. Prince Vissit Svasti arrived here by the International Express on Thursday evening to pay their respects. Other members of the Siamese royalty and the Head Priest, it is understood, are expected to arrive tomorrow evening by the International Express from Bangkok, when the date of the funeral will be fixed. [The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 18 December 1935, Page 7]

FUNERAL OF PRINCE SVASTI. H.R.H. Prince Chalermboe of Siam and a party of seven arrived at Penang on Sunday evening by the International Express and came on to Singapore by night mail. About ten children of the late H.R.H. Prince Svasti and the priests arrived at Penang from Bangkok on Sunday in connection with the arrangements for the funeral of the Prince. [The Straits Times, 18 December 1935, Page 12]

PRINCE SVASTI. Cremation To Take Place On Sunday. Penang Dec 18. It is understood that the cremation of Prince Svasti has been fixed to take place on Sunday at the crematorium at Batu Lanchang Temple. A large number of princes from Siam have already arrived in Penang in this connection and many more are expected to come during the remainder of the week. Rites in connection with the cremation will begin at 3 p.m., when five chief priests from the Siamese temples of Penang will conduct the "Stapakarana" prior to the removal of the body for cremation. The funeral procession will be led by the Right Rev. Phra Dharmavarodom, Lord Abbot of the Raja Divas Temple, Bangkok, who will read the "Abhiharma" scriptures. The same priest will preach a sermon at the crematorrium and will be followed by four priests, who will chant the "Mokkhupaya Gathas," after which the pyre will be set on fire. [The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 20 December 1935, Page 7]

Prince's Funeral. Cremation of Prince Svasti, of Siam, at Penang: Mourners following the coffin round and round the crematorium after the arrival of the coffin from His Highness' residence in Burmah Road. The funeral took place on Sunday. [The Straits Times, 24 December 1935, Page 13]

PRINCE SVASTI. Penang, Dec. 23. The funeral of Prince Svasti, father of the ex-Queen of SIam, yesterday was an imposing affair. The procession was led by the Right Rev. Phra Dharmavarodom, the Lord Abbot of the Rajadhivas Temple at Bangkok, who read the "Allhidarma" Scriptures. More than 50 cars took part in the procession. After the boddy had been placed at the crematorium, 32 priests from the Siamese temples in Penang conducted the Stapakarana rites, at the end of which the Right Rev. Phra Dharmavarodom preached a sermon. This was followed by the chanting of "Mokkhupayagatha" stanzas by four priests from the Rajadhivas Temple at Bangkok. After the religious rites the funeral pyre was lighted and the body was cremated. Almost all the members of the Royal Household took part in the ceremony, led by Prince Damrong, the eldest brother of the deceased and the only Siamese prince to dress in black. Among those present were the Resident Councillor and Mr. Haluckham representing H.E. the Governor (Sir Shenton Thomas). Following is the copy of a telegram received from the ex-King and Queeen of Siam: "We are deeply grieved and shocked to hear of father's death. We had hoped he would recover from the attack like thee last time. Please let us know if we can help in any way. --- Prajadhipok and Rambhai. Following is the copy of a telegram from the ten-year-old Boy King of Siam at Lausanne: "I am grieved to learn that His Royal Highness passed away. Will you accept my heartfelt condolences and sympathies in your bereavement. --- Ananda Mahidol. A telegram was received from His Majesty's Government at Bangkok as follows: "His Majesty the Kind has been pleased to telegraph conveying his sympathies and heartfelt condolences to the family of H.R.H. Prince Svasti. I beg to convey the above Royal message to your Royal Highness. --- Rajlekha. [The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 24 December 1935, Page 3]

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