How the queen of Thailand died due to convention

Thailand is one of the places on the planet where traditions have been honored from generation to generation, one of which is the deification of the royal family. But one day, blindly following the foundations led to the death of a young girl, the queen of Thailand, because no one dared to save her.

The young queen of Thailand (in those days this country was called Siam) Sunandha Kumariratana was the daughter of the Thai king Mongkut (Rama IV) and one of the four wives of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V).

It is worth noting that the father of the young queen was quite famous outside his small country thanks to the novel "Anna and the King of Siam" by Anna Leonuens, an Englishwoman who taught for five years at the palace school opened by Mongkut for royal children. But today we are not talking about him, about the tragic death of his daughter, the story of which has come down to our days.

When in 1880 the queen, who at that time was 20 years old, together with her little daughter, servants and court servants sailed on a ship to the summer palace, the ship capsized. Unfortunately, the queen could not swim and began to call the servants for help.

However, despite the fact that many loyal subjects watched the crash, none of them rushed to save the royal person - in Thailand at that time, on pain of death, it was forbidden to touch women of royal blood. The princess's guards nailed down all attempts at the root.

Therefore, Queen Sunandha and her daughter drowned in front of everyone. Heartbroken Rama V ordered to imprison all witnesses of the death of his wife and daughter in casemates, and also issued a decree canceling such prohibitions on the salvation of royals. In the summer palace Bang Pa-In, the inconsolable husband ordered a memorial to be erected in memory of the people close to him.