Rare royal Thai invitation from Ananda Mahidol known as King Rama VIII (1925-1946), to Major-General Phraya Damrong Pattayakul and his wife, to attend the celebrations of the King and Queen's birthday in the Grand Palace in Bangkok, 21st September 1941. The invitation is embossed with the royal Thai symbol of the Garruda bird, and is accompanied by its original envelope, also addressed to the general-Major and with an embossed back flap.
"By the order of the regent,
The Prime Minister who governs the Bureau of the Royal Household
is to invite Major General Phraya Damrong Pattayakul and Lady
to attend the garden party at Shivalai Garden in the Grand Palace
on the occasion of Celebrating His Majesty the King's/Her Majesty the Queen's Birthday Anniversary
On 21 September B.E.2484 (A.D. 1941) at 16.30 hours.
Semi-formal uniform decorated with the Royal Thai Decoration
Major General Phraya Damrong Pattayakul and Lady"
Ananda Mahidol was the eighth monarch of Thailand from the Chakri dynasty as Rama VIII. At the time he was recognised as king by the National Assembly in March 1935, he was a nine-year-old boy living in Switzerland. He returned to Thailand in December 1945, but six months later in June 1946, he was found shot dead in his bed. Although at first thought to have been an accident, his death was ruled a murder by medical examiners, and three royal pages were later executed following very irregular trials. The mysterious circumstances surrounding his death have been the subject of much controversy.
The national emblem of Thailand is called the Phra Khrut Pha. The Garuda was officially adopted as the national emblem by King Vajiravudh (Rama VI) in 1911. However, the mythical creature had been used as a symbol of royalty in Thailand for centuries. The Garuda is depicted on seals, which are used by the King of Thailand and the Government of Thailand to authenticate official documents and as its primary emblem.
The Garuda is a mythological beast of the Hindu and Buddhist tradition. According to Hindu mythology, the Garuda is the vahana (vehicle) of the god Vishnu (more commonly known in Thailand as Narayana). The ancient kings of Thailand believed in divine kingship, and considered themselves the incarnation of the god Narayana. Thus, the Garuda came to symbolise the divine power and authority of the king.
Envelope Size: 17.5 x 11.5 cm approx