June Rose Bellamy

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June Rose Bellamy
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Native name ရတနာနတ်မယ်
Born 1932 (age 84–85)
Burma
Other names June Rose Babo Yadana MariaLucia
Known for great-granddaughter of Prince Kanaung Mintha, ex-wife of Ne Win

June Rose Bellamy, also Yadana Nat-Mei (Burmese: ရတနာနတ်မယ်; lit. Goddess of the Nine Jewels), born 1932, was the fourth wife of Burmese dictator Ne Win.

June Rose was the great-granddaughter of a Burmese prince (Prince Kanaung Mintha, also known as Prince Limbin, son of King Tharrawaddy); her mother was the daughter of Princess Hteiktin Ma Lat (ထိပ်တင်မလတ်), of the deposed Konbaung dynasty, and her father was Herbert Bellamy, an Australian orchid collector long settled in Burma. In 1963 June Rose met Ne Win, Burma's new military ruler, in Europe, where she was living. Ne Win suggested she come back to Burma, but she was unwilling to leave Italy. On a later visit he proposed. They married in 1978, but the marriage lasted only five months.[1] June Rose now teaches International and Italian cooking in Florence, as well as carrying on charitable work, through Rangoon-based doctors, putting young Burmese students through medical school.[2]

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