Bảo Long

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Nguyễn Phúc Bảo Long
Crown prince
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Predecessor Bảo Đại
Successor Bảo Thắng
Spouse Thérèse Marie Delanne
House Nguyen dynasty
Father Bao Dai
Mother Nam Phuong
Born (1936-01-04)4 January 1936
Huế, French Indochina
Died 28 July 2007(2007-07-28) (aged 71)
Sens, France
Burial Chabrignac, Corrèze, France
Signature
Bao Long
Vietnamese name
Vietnamese Nguyễn Phúc Bảo Long
Hán-Nôm

Crown Prince Nguyễn Phúc Bảo Long (4 January 1936 – 28 July 2007) was the eldest son of Bao Dai, Vietnam's last emperor. He headed the former ruling house from 30 July 1997 until his death.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Bảo Long was born at Kien-Trung Palace, Huế on 4 January 1936, to Emperor Bao Dai and his first wife, Empress Nam Phương. On 7 March 1939, he was invested and proclaimed Crown Prince, the official heir to the throne, in a Confucian ceremony at Can-Chanh Palace in Huế.

In 1947, Empress Nam Phuong left Vietnam with the crown prince and his siblings. They lived at the Chateau Thorenz outside Cannes, France, and he grew up as a member of the Roman Catholic Church.

Education[edit]

He received his education at the École des Roches School at Maslacq, then at Clères, Normandy. He then went to Paris and studied law and political science to prepare him to serve on state affairs.

In 1953, Crown Prince Bảo Long attended the coronation of Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom in London as a representative of the Vietnamese Imperial Family.[3]

Military service[edit]

Crown Prince Bảo Long served in the French Foreign Legion in the Algerian War and he highly distinguished himself, earning the Croix de guerre (Cross of Military Valor) with three stars for his courage in battle.[1] His other decorations are the Grand Cross of the National Order of Merit, the decoration of the Golden Gong 2nd Class, the Grand Cross of the Royal Order of Cambodia, the Order of the Million Elephants and White Parasol of Laos and a commemorative medal for attending the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. After 10 years of service in the French Foreign Legion, he returned to Paris, France where he worked in a bank.[1] He spent the remainder of his life as an investment banker.

Personal life[edit]

From the late 1960s until the early 1970s, Bảo Long was the companion of Isabelle Hebey (died 1996), an interior designer, who worked on his Paris residence.[1] Though they planned to wed in June 1969,[4] after Hebey's divorce from architect Marc Delanne, the marriage did not take place.[2]

Head of the Imperial Family[edit]

In 1997, when the Emperor Bảo Đại died, Bảo Long inherited the position of head of the Nguyễn Dynasty. He remained out of politics and lived quietly in Paris.[5]

During his time as head of the Nguyễn Dynasty, Bao Long worked with Prince Bảo Vang, who was appointed Grandmaster of the Order of the Dragon of Annam in 2005. The focus of the order is on humanitarian, educational, and cultural endeavours of the people of Vietnam.[6]

Although the Vietnamese Constitutional Monarchist League wish to restore the Nguyễn Dynasty to the throne under a constitutional monarchy, as in Cambodia and Thailand, Bao Long did not support their political aspirations.[7]

Crown Prince Bao Long died at the Le Centre Hospitalier Gaston Ramon, Sens, Burgundy on 28 July 2007, with his brother, Bảo Thắng, succeeding him as head of the Nguyễn Dynasty.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Royal Ark
  2. ^ Robert Trando Letters of a Vietnamese Émigré p.27, p.141 "Bảo Long"
  3. ^ Royal Ark
  4. ^ The [Gloversville, NY] Leader Herald, 22 February 1969, page 4
  5. ^ Bao Long memorial at the Wayback Machine (archived October 26, 2009)
  6. ^ Purpose Order of the Dragon of Annam
  7. ^ Order of the Dragon of Annam

External links[edit]

Bảo Long
Born: 4 January 1936 Died: 28 July 2007
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Emperor Bao Dai
— TITULAR —
Emperor of Vietnam
30 July 1997 – 28 July 2007
Reason for succession failure:
Empire abolished in 1945
Succeeded by
Prince Bao Thang