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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 no: 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.

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1a. Roberts Treaty, 1833 1b. Harris Treaty, 1856 1c. Status & Rank of the Presidents
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2a. H.M. King Chulongkorn's Gifts 2b. Centennial Exposition, 1876 2c. 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition
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3a. Institutional Gifts 3b. Recent gifts to the USA 3c. Thai Royal Gifts in Perspective