Saturday, May 23, 2009

The Royal Anthem of Thailand

Thailand is one of a few monarchies (like Denmark and Sweden) that have a separate anthem for the royal family, as opposed to the national anthem for the citizens. The Thai royal anthem is performed during state occasions and public meetings, as well as when a high-ranking member of the royal family is present for a function.

"Phleng Sansasoen Phra Barami" (A Salute to the Monarch), the royal anthem also served as the third anthem of Siam (as Thailand was then known) from 1888 until the 1932 coup. The music was composed by a Russian musician, Pyotr Schurovsky for lyrics written by Prince Narisara Nuvadtivongs. The lyrics were revised by King Rama VI in 1913.

Above is a stamp of Prince Vajiravudh who later became King Rama VI. He was the sixth monarch of Siam under the House of Chakri, ruling from 1910 until his death. Vajiravudh is known for his efforts to create and promote Siamese nationalism. His reign was characterized by Siam's movement further towards democracy and minimal participation in World War I.