Flag of the Chinese Empire under the Qing dynasty (1889-1912), details per the restoration of Beiyang fleet researcher, 2 May 2015, Original work: 1889. Own work. [Public domain in US, not everywhere]
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Puyi (Chinese: 溥儀; February 7, 1906 – October 17, 1967), courtesy name Yaozhi (曜之), was the last emperor of China as the eleventh and final Qing dynasty monarch.
He became Qing emperor at the age of two in 1908, but was forced to abdicate on February 12, 1912, during the Xinhai Revolution. His era name as Qing emperor, “Xuantong” (Hsuan-tung), means “proclamation of unity”.
He was later installed as the ruler of the Japanese puppet state of Manchukuo during World War II.
He was briefly restored to the throne as Qing emperor by the loyalist General Zhang Xun from July 1 to July 12, 1917.
He was first wed to Empress Wanrong in 1922 in an arranged marriage.
In 1924, he was expelled from the palace and found refuge in Tianjin, where he began to court both the warlords fighting for hegemony over China and the Japanese who had long desired control of China.
In 1932, after the Japanese invasion of Manchuria, the puppet state of Manchukuo was established by Japan, and he was chosen to become the chief executive of the new state using the era name of “Datong” (Ta-tung).
Now my bit -
Qing is pronounced ching.
Puyi received standard Confucian education, reported his progress to his “mothers”, five former imperial concubines led by Empress Dowager Longyu, and had a British tutor, Reginald Johnston.
Wanrong, his wife, died at 39 (1906-1946) and had an American tutor, Isabel Ingram.
A 1987 film, The Last Emperor, starring John Lone, directed by Bernardo Bertolucci, won many awards. It was filmed in the Forbidden City in China and in Italy, so visually beautiful, but I would have liked a more personalized story.
1924 reel of Puyi and Wanrong – fascinating
1987 interview with John Lone – engaging