Thai cats and Thai Royalty

Documented instances of connections between Thai cats and the Thai Royal Family.

Kamnan Preecha's photo

This very rare photo at Kamnan Preecha's house shows HM King Bhumibol (right), when still a Prince, with his sister HRH Princess Kanlayani Vadhana and brother HM King Ananda Mahidol (left), when still King. This looks like a mother Siamese and a litter of three, presumably including "Tito" and "Tita"*, although the cat at left looks older.

"I Do" magazine

To inspire couples contemplating marriage, "I Do" magazine issued a small supplement in 2010 recounting the story of the courtship, marriage and young family of their majesties the King and Queen. Two cat pictures appeared. The most interesting one here below appears to be "Tito" again*.

Why HM the Queen is carrying this black and white cat, and where it comes from, will probably remain forever unknown.

New photo of Tito

HM the King’s photo playing the piano while the cat was sitting on it is quite common* , but there is also a photo of His Majesty interacting with Tito (culled from the internet).

Royal trophy at Phimai Fair

K Chuchai set up the prize stand with photos of the presentation of Korat cats to HRH Princess Vanvari Mahidol and a trophy in the Gift of Her Majesty the Queen.

This photo shows K Chuchai making the presentation to HRH Princess Vanvari Mahidol.

The legend on the trophy reads as follows:

Royal Gift: Supreme Champion, Si Sawat Cat Competition
Phimai-Nakhon Ratchasima Tourism Fair 2012
organized by Department of Fine Arts, Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Tourism Authority of Thailand, Nakhon Ratchasima Provincial Administration Organization, Phimai District Administration Organization
November 10-11, 2012

SEA Games presentation

HRH Princess Vanvari Mahidol, the youngest daughter of HRH Prince Vajiralongkorn, the Crown Prince, with a Korat kitten presented to her by K Chuchai at the opening ceremonies of the 24th South East Asian Games in Korat in December, 2007. The idea to present the cats came from the Governor of Nakhon Ratchasima who contacted Chuchai, who made the presentation himself, a girl and a boy each about 5 months old. This photo is hung in a prominent position in Chuchai's house in Phimai.

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