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__NOTOC__ The Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant ( th, เครื่องราชอิสริยาภรณ์อันเป็นที่เชิดชูยิ่งช้างเผือก; ) is an
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of
Thailand Thailand ( th, ประเทศไทย), historically known as Siam, () officially the Kingdom of Thailand, is a country in Southeast Asia. It is located at the centre of the Mainland Southeast Asia, Indochinese Peninsula, spanning , wi ...

Thailand
. It was established in 1861 by King
Rama IV Mongkut ( th, มงกุฏ; 18 October 18041 October 1868) was the fourth monarch A monarch is a head of state A head of state (or chief of state) is the public persona A persona (plural personae or personas), depending on the ...
of the
Kingdom of Siam
Kingdom of Siam
. Along with the
Order of the Crown of Thailand The Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand ( th, เครื่องราชอิสริยาภรณ์อันมีเกียรติยศยิ่งมงกุฎไทย; ) is a Thai order, established in 1869 by King Rama ...
, it is regularly awarded to any government official for services rendered to Thailand for five years, making it Thailand's most-commonly awarded order.


Classes

The order consists of eight classes:


Gallery


Old designs

File:Woodcraving of the Order of the White Elephant,1st Class (Maha Varabhorn), Wat Ratchabophit.jpg, A woodcarving of "Maha Varabhorn", the Knight Grand Cross (First Class) of the Order of the White Elephant, version that used from 1869 to 1909, at gates of Phra Vihara of Wat Ratchabophit Sathit Maha Simaram, Bangkok. File:Mother-of-pearl inlay of the Order of the White Elephant,1st Class (Maha Varabhorn), Wat Ratchabophit.jpg, Knight Grand Cross (1st Class) of Order of the White Elephant, design before 1909 (mother of pearl gates of Phra Uposatha of Wat Ratchabophit Sathit Maha Simaram, Bangkok.) File:TH Knight's badge of the Order of the White Elephant.jpg, Badge of the Companion (4th Class) of Order of the White Elephant, design before 1909


Current designs

File:Order of the White Elephant - Special Class (Knight Grand Cordon) - badge.jpg, Badge of the Knight Grand Cordon (Special Class) of Order of the White Elephant File:Knight Grand Cross (First Class) of the Order of the White Elephant.jpg, Knight Grand Cross (1st Class) of Order of the White Elephant File:Order of the White Elephant - 1st Class (Knight Grand Cross) - badge (1).jpg, Badge of the Knight Grand Cross (1st Class) of Order of the White Elephant File:Order of the White Elephant - 1st Class (Knight Grand Cross) - star.jpg, Star of the Knight Grand Cross (1st Class) and the Kinght Commander (2nd Class) of Order of the White Elephant File:Knight Commander of the Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant.jpg, Knight Commander (2nd Class) of Order of the White Elephant File:Order of the White Elephant - 3rd Class (Commander) - badge.jpg, Badge of the Knight Commander (2nd Class) and the Cammander (3rd Class) of Order of the White Elephant File:Order of the White Elephant - 5th Class (Member) - male.jpg, Badge of the Member (5th Class) of Order of the White Elephant File:Order of the White Elephant - 5th Class (Member) - female.jpg, Badge of the Member (5th Class) of Order of the White Elephant, female version File:Order of the White Elephant - 6th Class (Gold Medal) - female.jpg, Gold Medal (6th Class) of Order of the White Elephant, female version File:Order of the White Elephant - 7th Class (Silver Medal) - male.jpg, Silver Medal (7th Class) of Order of the White Elephant


Selected recipients

* Emperor
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- Knight Grand Cross (1851, Custom Design) * Be Biauw Tjoan, Majoor-titulair der Chinezen – Knight (1895) *Plaek Phibunsongkhram - Knight Grand Cordon * Ibrahim of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim of Johor - Knight Grand Cordon * Abdul Hamid Halim of Kedah, Sultan Abdul Hamid Halim Shah of Kedah - Knight Grand Cordon * Chavalit Yongchaiyudh - Knight Grand Cordon * Sarit Thanarat - Knight Grand Cordon * Thanom Kittikachorn - Knight Grand Cordon * Praphas Charusathien - Knight Grand Cordon * Phin Choonhavan - Knight Grand Cordon * Prem Tinsulanonda - Knight Grand Cordon * Chatichai Choonhavan - Knight Grand Cordon * Prayut Chan-o-cha - Knight Grand Cordon * Surayud Chulanont - Knight Grand Cordon * Arthit Kamlang-ek - Knight Grand Cordon * Fuen Ronnaphagrad Ritthakhanee - Knight Grand Cordon * Phao Siyanon - Knight Grand Cordon * Chakthip Chaijinda - Knight Grand Cordon * Somyot Poompanmoung - Knight Grand Cordon * Thanasak Patimaprakorn - Knight Grand Cordon * Pongsapat Pongcharoen - Knight Grand Cordon * Apirat Kongsompong - Knight Grand Cross * Pornpipat Benyasri - Knight Grand Cordon * Chatchai Sriworakan - Knight Grand Cordon * Chalermpol Srisawat - Knight Grand Cross * Udomdej Sitabutr - Knight Grand Cordon *Luechai Rutdit - Knight Grand Cordon * Naris Pratumsuwan - Knight Grand Cordon * Airbull Suttiwan - Knight Grand Cross * Manat Wongwat - Knight Grand Cross * Prince Paribatra Sukhumbandhu - Knight Grand Cordon * Prince Bhanurangsi Savangwongse - Knight Grand Cordon * Prince Narisara Nuwattiwong - Knight Grand Cordon * Prince Damrong Rajanubhab - Knight Grand Cordon * Prince Chula Chakrabongse - Knight Grand Cordon * Prince Chakrabongse Bhuvanath - Knight Grand Cordon * Prince Suphayok Kasem - Knight Grand Cordon (Special Class) *Na Arreenich - Knight Grand Cordon * Alexander I of Yugoslavia - Knight Grand Cordon * Bob Hawke - Knight Grand Cordon * Albert du Roy de Blicquy * Norodom of Cambodia - Knight Grand Cross * John T. Cole - Knight Commander * Pakubuwono X - Knight Grand Cross (1929) * Miklós Horthy - Knight Grand Cross * Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, The Earl Mountbatten of Burma - Knight Grand Cross * Foster C. LaHue * Ramon Magsaysay, 1955. * Sir Samuel Robinson (sea captain), Samuel Robinson, 1923. "Capt. Samuel Robinson, Who Won Fame For Rescue Work in Jap Quake, Dies,"
''New York Times.'' September 7, 1958.
* Graves B. Erskine - Knight Grand Cross * Arne Skaug. * Pierra Vejjabul *Joseph J. Cappucci - Knight Commander (Second Class) *David John Collins Awarded by King Rama V in 1897 (Fourth Class) *Frederick William Verney - Commander *Victoria of the United Kingdom, Queen Victoria *General William Westmoreland - Knight Grand Cross *Vice Admiral Józef Unrug *Major General Richard Secord * Jiri Sitler - Knight Grand Cross (2006) * Lieutenant Commander Saman Kunan - Knight Grand Cross (2018)


See also

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References


External links


The Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant
Secretariat to the Cabinet of Thailand {{DEFAULTSORT:Order Of The White Elephant Orders of chivalry of Thailand, White Elephant, Order Of The Civil awards and decorations of Thailand, White Elephant, Order Of The Awards established in 1861, White Elephant, Order Of The 1861 establishments in Siam