Duty and Passion: The Life and Times of Prince Chakrabongse

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Duty and Passion: The Life and Times of Prince Chakrabongse
River Books

It’s impossible to talk about the relationship between Thailand and Russia without talking about Prince Chakrabongse (aka the great grandfather of country/blues rock artist Hugo Chakrabongse), who married a Russian nurse named Katya. He was—and probably still is—the metaphor for the relationship between the Russian royal family and the royal court of Siam. A son of King Chulalongkorn, Prince Chakrabongse was sent to St. Petersburg, following the advice from Tsar Nicholas II,to strengthen the relationship between the two nations. This exhibition tells the life and achievements of Prince Chakrabongse through a never been published collection of letters between the prince and his father, King Chulalongkorn, related documents and photos.