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One of the Qing royalties, Pu Ru 溥儒, was a famous artist in Taiwan. He passed away in 1963 and was buried at Yangming Mountain in Taiwan. He was the grandson of Prince Gong 恭亲王, 奕欣 (the prince who almost became the Emperor instead of Emperor Xianfeng) and the younger brother of 溥伟. He was also the elder cousin of the last Qing Emperor, Pu Yi. For Pu Ru, please see: http://baike.baidu.com/view/31333.htm

溥伟 Pu Wei was very active politically after Qing dynasty was overthrown. I remember he was one of the candidates for the throne after Guangxu Emperor. He was in his 20's and full grown. Many Qing officials wanted an older Emperor instead of a child, but Cixi thought she would still live for a while and decided on another generation of child emperor from her family (from her younger sister's family). Therefore, she picked Pu Yi instead of Pu Wei. Pu Wei was almost chosen to be the leader for the Japanese established Manchuguo instead of Pu Yi. I read these from Pu Yi's autobiography and other late Qing dynasty documents, especially a lot of interviews and autobiographies. Please see:


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