Ramphai Phannih Sawatdiwat (รำไพพรรณี สวัสดิวัตน์)
Name of the wife of Prince
who in 1925 became Queen
when her husband ascended the throne as King
had died without a male heir.
She was born in
on 20 December
1904 as the daughter of Prince Sawatdi Sophana (สวัสดิโสภณ),
a son of King
is sometimes transcribed Svasti Sobhana,
with Princess Apha
(อาภาพรรณี), whose name is usually transliterated Abha Barni.
tradition required, she needed to be tutored by one of the King's
consorts, hence she went to live in
at the age of two, where she received her education from Queen
her aunt and a wife of King
After the death of King
in 1910, princess Ramphai was moved to the
where she continued her studies at Rohng Rian Rahchinih (โรงเรียนราชินี),
the Queen's School, which was set up by Queen Saowapha. During this
period, she became very close with her cousin and Queen Saowapha's
youngest son Prince Prajadhipok, whom she married in 1917
The Queen passed away in Bangkok on 22 May 1984, aged 79.
In 2004, the
centenary of her birth was commemorated with a Thai postage stamp (fig.).
transliterated Rambhai Barni Svastivatana.