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Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Danish navy officer appointed as minister of the Royal Siamese navy according to the Dutch newspaper Het nieuws van den dag dated 14 December 1901

An item reported that the king of Siam appointed the Danish navy officer and member of the famous French the Duke De Richelieu as minister of navy and supreme commander of the navy of Siam. Usually was a brother of the king appointed on this post and it was considered to be prove that the king was against anti-foreign feelings.(1)

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1. Andreas du Plessis de Richelieu (24 February 1852 Loejt Kirkeby,Denmark-25 March 1932, Hørsholm, Denmark), in service as minister between 16 January 1900 and 29 January 1901 although already in 1875 appointed as officer in this navy. The relations with the family of the French cardinal seemed to be doubtful.