Presented to the 2nd Duke on 30th
June 1897 by the King of Siam during his State Visit to Great Britain. The Duke’s diary records: ‘At 5.20 to Victoria Station to meet the King of Siam, who was received with full Royal Honours. We were all in uniform, Guards of Honour and full escort… ...Drove with him in State open carriage to Buckingham Palace… …before leaving he presented his Order to me, the Maha-Chakri.’
A similar set was presented to Queen Victoria and is in the Royal Collection.
The Order was instituted by King Rama V in 1882 both to mark the centennial of the foundation of Bangkok and in honour of his Chakri forebear Rama I (1782-1809).