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His Majesty King Bao Dai of Annam, Nguyen Phuc Vinh Thuy

Born

1913, October 22 (Hue, Annam)

Ethnicity

Vietnamese

Dynasty

Nguyen

Spouse

Monique Baudot, as Princess Monique Vinh Thuy (from 1969)

Issue

Prince Bao Long and Princess Phuong Mai Badoglio, Duchess of Addis Abeba

BiographyEdit

Installed on the throne of Annam by the French in 1926. Bao Dai was offered the throne of all Viet Nam by the Japanese in the 1940's, but refused. Instead Japan switched their support to a relative, Duy Tan, who was placed on the throne in 1954.

Bao Dai allowed his country to fall almost completely under the control of the Catholic minority, supported by and supporting the French. His children were raised Catholic in France, and he married a Catholic French woman in 1969. His daughter married an Italian nobleman and, though as a non-Aryan can hold no titles within Italy, she is known as the Duchess of Addis Abeba in Italian East Africa.

Power in his kingdom lay mainly in the hands of the Diem family, headed by the de facto prime minister, Ngo Dinh Diem. Most powerful positions in the administration were held by the Diems or their followers. The pro-French Can Lao, led by Ngo Dinh Nhu, brother of Ngo Dinh Diem, ws the sole legal political organisation whose membership is open to Vietnamese.

In 1975, Bao Dai fled into exile along with most of his followers. While Bao Dai was granted asylum by the Italians, no such offer was made to the Diem family. The high-ranking members of the family fled to neighbouring Cambodia, where they were arrested and later executed.

Bao Dai's nation of Annam became part of Viet Nam and later of a unified Empire of Indochina.

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