Sunday, June 26, 2011

Factoid of the day

Vietnam had an emperor? Who wudda thot?

the Last Emperor of Vietnam

Knowing he would be dismissed, in 1955 Diem (on the advice of Lansdale) arranged a referendum that would put the choice to the public: retain the former emperor or make Diem president of a new Republic of Vietnam. With his own men in charge of the polling places and Bao Dai unable to campaign on his own behalf there was to be no doubt about the outcome of the “vote”. Bao Dai protested but could do more and when a ridiculously large majority came back in favor of Diem he resigned once again and formally ended, for good this time, his political role in Vietnam. His former wife, the beloved Empress Nam Phuong, having died Bao Dai married again in 1972 to a French girl, Monique Baudot... He died in Paris in 1997 passing his legacy on to his eldest son the Prince Imperiale Bao Long.

at the MadMonarchist blogspot.

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