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Crown Prince Shwebomin was born in 1942 and is a pretender to the throne of Burma.[1] The last monarch to rule Burma was King Thibaw Min and was exiled in 1885. Shwebomin claimed titles are disputed because Prince Taw Phaya is the only surviving grandson of King Thibaw Min, since the Konbaung Dynasty was the last ruling dynasty of Burma before the monarchy was abolished. In any case, his name and royal pretension are virtually unheard of inside Myanmar and also not very well-known among overseas Myanmar communities.

Education

Shwebomin earned a degree in mechanical engineering and a masters in thermodynamics. He further earned a masters degrees in business administration at Cranfield University, and later earned a masters in international relations at the University of Kent.[2]

Exile

At the age of 13, he left Burma due to the oppression of the Burmese Junta that took control of the country. He was sent to the United Kingdom for his safety and to continue his education.[3]

Shwebomin is a professor at East London College, Leytonstone, England.[3][4]

He is an philanthropist and is a patron to the Philip Green Memorial Trust.[5]

In July 2009, he was selected by the Foreign Press Association of London to introduce the film Stephen Desmond's documentary, The Jaweed Al Ghussein Story.[6]

Royal Burma Society

In 1982, he established the Royal Burma Society that gives assistance to Burmese people, refugees located in Thailand and a YMCA orphanage in Yangon.[1][2][7]

He has advocated the removal of the military junta in Burma and his return as King under a Constitutional Monarchy.[3]

Quotes

  • My aim is to bring democracy to Burma with me as king[8]
  • It lifts my spirits because we are fighting for democracy and freedom today in Burma - referring to General Orde Wingate as leader of the Chindits in Burma against the Japanese forces.[9]

References

  1. Leadership & Selflessness : Interview with Prince Shwebomin, Crown Prince of Burma (Exiled). London. The Defining Moment. Retrieved on 2010-11-13.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Power Vs. Moral Authority : Interview with Prince Shwebomin, Crown Prince of Burma (Exiled). London. The Defining Moment. Retrieved on 2010-11-13.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Amin, Dipti (2004-01-12). East End exile for Burmese prince. Hounslow And Brentford Times. Retrieved on 2010-11-13.
  4. East London College – Further & Higher Education. Eastlondoncollege.com. Retrieved on 2010-11-13.
  5. The Philip Green Memorial Trust : Patrons. The Philip Green Memorial Trust. Retrieved on 2010-11-13.
  6. Press Screening: Stephen Desmond's documentary, 'The Jaweed Al Ghussein Story'. The Foreign Press Association (2009-07-02). Retrieved on 2010-11-13.
  7. Exiled prince of Burma gets royal treatment at ceremony. Richmond and Twickenham Times (2006-01-06). Retrieved on 2010-11-13.
  8. RICHARD KAY. Mail Online (2008-08-14). Retrieved on 2010-11-13. “Forty-seven years after fleeing his native land for Britain, Burma's self-styled king-in-waiting says he has not given up hope of one day returning home. Introducing himself as Crown Prince Shwebomin, whose day job is as a dean at the East London Business School in Leytonstone, he says: "My aim is to bring democracy to Burma with me as king."”
  9. Jewish veterans bow to warrior's memory. Washington Times (2010-04-22). Retrieved on 2010-11-13. “"It lifts my spirits because we are fighting for democracy and freedom today in Burma," said Crown Prince Shwebomin of Burma.”

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