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Princess Deokhye

The Korean Empire's last princess

Died when: 76 years 331 days (922 months)
Star Sign: Gemini


Princess Deokhye

Princess Deokhye (Korean: 덕혜옹주, Deokhye-Ongju;Japanese: 徳恵姫, Tokue-hime; 25 May 1912 – 21 April 1989) was the last princess of the Korean Empire.

She was born on May 25, 1912 at Changdeok Palace, in Seoul, as the youngest daughter of Emperor Gojong from his concubine, then known as Yang Gwi-in.

After her birth, Gojong bestowed the royal title Boknyeong on Lady Yang.Deokhye was not formally recognized as a princess by Japan until 1917, because she was not the daughter of a Queen.

In 1917, her name was formally entered into the Imperial Family's registry.Her father loved her greatly and established the Deoksugung Kindergarten for her in Junmyungdang (준명당), Hamnyeong Hall.

Girls her age from noble families attended the kindergarten.In Korea, she is called Deokhye Ongju, not Gongju.Gongju refers to the daughters of the Queen, and Ongju refers to the daughters of concubines.

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