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Shwebomin was born in 1942 and is a pretender to the throne of Burma, which was abolished in 1885.[1] The last monarch to rule Burma was King Thibaw Min who was exiled in 1885. Shwebomin is not found in Burmese historical sources.

Pretender claim

Shwebomin claims that he is a distant relative of the Bagan line of Burmese kings through Sinbyushin, Lord of the White Elephant, of the Konebaung dynasty in the maternal line.[2] However, as Crisp points out, royal descent in Burma does not go through maternal lines.[2]

According to the Thibaw Min family, descendants and Burmese historians, Prince Taw Phaya is the only surviving grandson of King Thibaw. Interviews with family and descendants of king Thibaw did not mention the existence of another pretender and Burmese mainstream sources give Taw Phaya as the sole surviving grandson.[3]

Shwebomin's name and royal pretension are virtually unheard of inside Burma and also not very well-known among overseas Burmese communities.[no citations needed here] Historians researching Burmese history do not mention Shwebomin. On a website, the name was absent in the complete Konbaung website genealogy as well.[4] A alleged historian named Joseph Crisp concludes that Shwebomin is a "total fake".[2] In contrary the book The King in Exile, written by Sudha Shah, about the royal family of Burma, it lists Shwebomin as Crown Prince in the epilogue 3.[1]


Shwebomin stated in an interview that he earned a degree in mechanical engineering and a masters in thermodynamics, also that 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.[5]Template:Verify credibility


According to the interview with Shwebomin on Defining Movement, at the age of 13, he left Burma due to the oppression of the Burmese Junta that took control of the country.[note 1] He was sent to the United Kingdom for his safety and to continue his education.[6]

Shwebomin is a lecturer[note 2] and dean of the business school[note 3] at East London College, Leytonstone, England.[6]Template:Verify credibility[7]Template:Verify credibility

He is a patron to the Philip Green Memorial Trust.[8]

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.[9]


Shwebomin would like to see a constitutional monarchy in Burma with democratic institutions.

  • My aim is to bring democracy to Burma with me as king[10]
  • 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.[11]

He has advocated the removal of the military juntaTemplate:Which in Burma[no citations needed here] and his return as King under a Constitutional Monarchy.[6]

Royal Burma Society

In 1982, he established the Royal Burma Society, which stated its mission as to give assistance to Burmese people, refugees located in Thailand and a YMCA orphanage in Yangon.[2][5][12]


  1. Although he allegedly left Burma at the age of 13 (1955), Burma had no military rule before 1958.
  2. East London College does not have professors, only lecturers "ELC Quality Assurance Manual V3.0". East London College. 29 September 2011. p. 6. 
  3. As of September 2011 Ram Kallapiran was the head of the East London College Business School "ELC Quality Assurance Manual V3.0". East London College. 29 September 2011. p. 5. 


  1. "Leadership & Selflessness : Interview with Prince Shwebomin, Crown Prince of Burma (Exiled). London". The Defining Moment. Retrieved 2010-11-13. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Crisp, Joseph A., II. [ "Modern Royal Pretenders Around the World"]. Archived from the original on 2006. 
  3. Champeon, Kenneth (July 2003). "The Last Queen of Burma". The Irrawaddy. Retrieved 14 December 2013. ; Khin Maung Soe (November 2006). "Burma’s Tomb Raiders". The Irrawaddy. Retrieved 14 December 2013.  Neither of these sources mentions Taw Phaya.
  4. Genealogy of the Konbaung Dynasty
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Power Vs. Moral Authority : Interview with Prince Shwebomin, Crown Prince of Burma (Exiled). London". The Defining Moment. Retrieved 2010-11-13. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Amin, Dipti (2004-01-12). "East End exile for Burmese prince". Hounslow And Brentford Times. Archived from the original on 27 July 2010. 
  7. Amin, Dipti (12 January 2004). "East End exile for Burmese prince". Guardian (Waltham Forest Guardian, Chingford Guardian, Wanstead & Woodford Guardian, and Epping Forest Guardian). Archived from the original on 7 August 2011. 
  8. "The Philip Green Memorial Trust : Patrons". The Philip Green Memorial Trust. Retrieved 2010-11-13. 
  9. "Press Screening: Stephen Desmond's documentary, 'The Jaweed Al Ghussein Story'". The Foreign Press Association. 2009-07-02. Retrieved 2010-11-13. 
  10. "Richard Kay's column". Daily Mail. 2008-08-14. Retrieved 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."" 
  11. "Jewish veterans bow to warrior's memory". Washington Times. 2010-04-22. Archived from the original on 12 August 2010. ""It lifts my spirits because we are fighting for democracy and freedom today in Burma," said Crown Prince Shwebomin of Burma." 
  12. "Exiled prince of Burma gets royal treatment at ceremony". Richmond and Twickenham Times. 2006-01-06. Archived from the original on 27 September 2010. 

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