Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 6, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
38-THE LETHBRIOQE HERALD Wednesday, Mirch 6, 1974 Ramshackle villa home for Vietnam's queen HUE, South Vietnam (AP) She is almost bald and wi- zened but her eyes still sparkle and one forgets she is 85 when she draws up her frail frame to its full four feet 10 inches. The was once queen of all of Vietnam. That memory has helped her bear the sorrows THE BETTER HALF that have descended upon her and her country in the nearly 50 years since her husband left her a widow and abandoned his only son to a changing world that eventually forced him into exile. Today Vietnam's Queen Mother Hoang Thi Cue lives in a ramshackle old French villa By Barnes wanted to get you something a little sportier, but their tiger-striped bikini briefs only go up to size 42." on a Hue Her days are spent in prayer. Perhaps it is a blessing that her failing hearing permits only occasional motorbike back- fires and distant artillery bursts to intrude upon her solitude. But from the moment the queen mother enters the room, she is in command. She walks slowly but erect. Her speech is whisper-soft but firm. Her tone is unmista- kably royal. She was the wife of Em- peror Khai Dinh. One child was born of the marriage, a son, Bao Dai. She lived in The Citadel, the official residence of the royal family located on the west bank of the Perfume River and modelled after the Forbidden City in Peking. When Khai Dinh died in 1926, Bao Dai assumed the throne, but by then Vietnam's emperor was a figurehead un- der the domination of the French Still, the royal family kept up its mandarin traditions and the Vietnamese people paid them homage. When the Japanese invaded Indochina in 1940, the royal family remained. After the Japanese defeat in August, 1945, the Communist Viet Minn forces proclaimed the Democratic Republic of Viet; nam and ordered Bao Dai to abdicate. But the French, who re- turned to Vietnam in early 1946, regained control of most of the population centres When negotiations with the Viet Minn broke down, the first Indochina war erupted. It lasted eight years and re- sulted in the division of North and South Vietnam. After the July, 1954, Geneva Conference, the South became the state of Vietnam with Bao Dai as its titular head. But in October, 1955, South Vietnam became a republic, President Ngo Dinh Diem seized the reins and Bao Dai took his wife, two sons and three daughters to Paris. Now alone, the queen mother surrounds herself with blurred old photographs of the loved ones from her past. The South Vietnamese gov- ernment gives her about monthly to live on and rela- tives say this keeps her in food for about 10 days. The blood relations, whose shabby clothes also reflect their in- come, refused to divulge other income sources but it is believed scattered royalists contribute small amounts. She is a vegetarian and eats sparingly. She has seven ser- vants, but their presence is not reflected in the upkeep of her house or small weed- choked garden. An American-built sedan is at her disposal, but she says she travels only to her former home at the crumbling citadel and to the tombs on numerous religious holidays. "I am very sad, ex- ceedingly said the old woman, speaking through an interpreter. "When I was young, Hue was so nice. Then it was ruined. I'm very glad it is being reconstructed and I wish for it to be beautiful again. "I read the Bible and pray to Buddha and have no other activities except to wish for peace." Throughout both Vietnam wars, the queen mother re- fused to abandon Hue despite its almost total destruction during the January, 1968, Communist Tet offensive. 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