Friday, September 29, 2006

A Throne Fit For a Quasi Queen

Korea's monarchy was pretty well snuffed out in 1910, but that hasn't stopped members of the formerly royal family from crowning an 88-year-old cousin their new queen.

Around 50 descendants of King Euichin, a brother of the last king Sunjong, declared Princess Lee Hae-Won the new "Empress" of the monarchy in what they called a crowning ceremony. Attired in flowing robes of gold, Lee Hae-Won received a jewel-encrusted crown and ascended to the "Dragon Throne" during the ceremony at a downtown hotel. The throne was a stage piece borrowed from a TV station. [Link]

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