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News on the former Kingdom of Burma (in Spanish we call it Birmania) now called Myanmar
 
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While the monarchy in Nepal seems to be fading away the monarchy in Burma seems to be coming back.

Burmese general takes up royal powers, keeping rivals isolated

...the senior general in Burma, who has adorned himself with regal trappings, switched his junta to one-man rule and ordered the Government to move to a new city whose name, Nay Pyi Daw, means "royal capital"...

General Than Shwe, 74, and his wife Kyaing Kyaing, have adopted the airs of ancient Burmese royalty, taking elaborate titles and performing temple rites once reserved for kings and queens, under the guidance of astrologers. They have built a residence in the new capital for which Italian marble was and replaced by choice polished stone from China, the junta's keenest friend.
 
An Interview with Gustaaf Houtman, January 2004
The Culture of Burmese Politics

Burmese political culture has been in transition ever since the demise of the monarchy and even before but experienced a crisis after national independence. It is not actually a stable system—some elements hark back to past, mostly authoritarian role models, while others anticipate a reformed political system based on new role models. Both borrow outside ideas. Immediately prior to annexation Burma was close to transforming itself, as had Thailand, into a constitutional monarchy but failed to do so...

... The country is no longer unified as it once was through royal ritual and marriage alliances, and military authority cannot hold it together forever. So new political models, political cultures, urgently need to be explored and developed if the country is to be saved from what sometimes seems like an interminable political crisis.
 
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Burma's frontier regions were administered separately from Burma proper during British rule. They were largely left to their devices, the Shan and Karenni states were autonomous principalities. In fact, the first President of independent Burma was a Shan prince.

The Shan and Karenni states had the right to secede from Burma after 10 years, which was likely a reason behind the 1962 coup. Members of the Shan royal houses suffered like many others did, many of whom have continued to lead the movement.
 
Shan princess 'returns' home after 79 years in exile

She was Sao Ohn Nyunt, the Shan princess who will remain forever young and forever beautiful, caught in the timelessness of art in a portrait by Sir Gerald Kelly, a British artist who, as a favourite painter of the British Royal Family, was knighted in 1945.

Thet Paing Soe, an avid art lover and businessman, said it took many months of negotiation with the prestigious Maas Gallery of Mayfair, London, before he could bring her [the painting] home.

v The portrait.
 

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Prince Shwebomin attended The Lost Planet immersive art exhibition in London on October 14:


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Some of the online obituaries for the late princess says she was at one time engaged to King Ananda Mahidol (Rama VIII) of Thailand. However, I have never heard of this before and it is not mentioned in books on King Ananda by either Rayne Kruger or Pavin Chachavalpongpun. I was wondering if anyone knew any more about this engagement?
 
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