1907 -  H.I.M. Emperor Yung-hui [Hwang-je] [T’aehan Cheguk Sunjong Munon Munyŏng Tonin Sŏnggyŏng Hwangje Pyeha], Emperor of Korea. b. at the Ch’angdŏk Palace, Seoul, 25th March 1874 n.s., as Yi Ch’ŏk, fourth son of H.M. Emperor Kwang-mu, Emperor of Korea, GCIE, by his third wife, H.M. Empress Min Myong-song, educ. privately. Appointed as Heir Apparent 18th February, and formally invested with the title of Crown Prince Sunjong (Sun-jong Wang-se-ja), at the Injŏng-jon, Ch’angdŏk Palace, Seoul, 28th February 1875. Narrowly escaped death in the “Coffee Poisoning Plot” believed to have been instigated by the Japanese in September 1898, recovered but left impotent as a result. Promoted to be Hwang-t’ae-ja (Great Imperial Prince) with the style of His Imperial Highness, 12th October 1897. Adjutant-General of the Imperial Army and Navy 20/6/1898. Succeeded on the deposition of his father, 20th July 1907. Crowned at Seoul with the reign name of Yung-hui, 27th August 1907. Founded the Order of the Auspicious Phoenix for ladies. Deposed by the Japanese on the annexation of Korea, 29th August 1910 and thereafter known as YiWang (translated by the Japanese as ‘Great Prince Yi’, although wang actually means king) together with the title of Prince Changdeok-gung style of His Imperial Highness (ignored in Korea). His personal name of Yi Chok being translated into Japanese as Seki Ri. Field Marshal and Supreme C-in-C of the Imperial Korean Army, Admiral of the Fleet Imperial Korean Navy. Raised to the posthumous title of T’aehan Cheguk Sunjong Munon Munyŏng Tonin Sŏnggyŏng Hwangje Pyeha 24th April 1926 . Rcvd: the Grand Orders of the Golden Measure, the Auspicious Stars, and the Plum Blossom (17.4.1900), Imperial 50 Years Felicitations (1901), Forty Year Reign (1902), Crown Prince’s Wedding (1907), Enthronement (1907), and Imperial Tour (1909) Commemorative Medals, the Collar of the Supreme Order of the Chrysanthemum of (27.8.1907, GC 7.2.1901), the Red Cross Order of Merit, and Red Cross Hon Membership Gold Medal of Japan, GC of the Order of Leopold of Belgium (mil), etc. m. (first) at Pyul Palace, Andong, Seoul, 15th March 1882, H.I.M. Empress Min [Sunmyŏng-hyo Hwang-hu] (b. 20th October 1872; d.s.p. at the Kyongun Palace, Seoul, 11th December 1904, bur. at the foot of Mount Yongmasan, Yangju, and reburied in 1926 at Yu-nŭng, Kŭmgok, Namyang-ju), raised to the rank and title of Crown Princess 15th March 1882, prom to Great Crown Princess 1894, prom to Imperial Crown Princess 12th October 1897, and raised to the posthumous rank of Empress as Sunmyŏng-hyo Hwang-hu, daughter of H.E. Min T’ae-ho, Prince of Yŏŭn (Yŏŭn Puwon-gun), and Count Min in the Japanese peerage, sometime Governor of Hwanghae and Assist State Counsellor of the Right. m. (second) at the Toksu Palace, Seoul, 24th January 1907, H.I.M. Empress Yun [Sunjŏng-hyo Hwang-hu] (b. at Myongdong, Seoul, 20th August 1894, d.s.p. at Naksŏn-jae, Ch’angdŏk Palace, Seoul, 3rd February 1966, bur. Yu-nŭng, Kŭmgok, Namyang-ju), invested with the title of Imperial Crown Princess 24th January 1907, enthroned as Empress with the title of Sunjŏng-hyo Hwang-hu at Seoul 27th August 1907, and styled Dowager Princess In by the Japanese after 1926 (ignored in Korea), rcvd: GC of the Order of the Auspicious Phoenix of Korea (1907), Crown Prince’s Wedding (1907), Enthronement (1907), and Imperial Tour (1909) Commemorative Medals, GC of the Order of the Precious Crown of Japan (27.8.1907), the Red Cross Order of Merit, and Red Cross Hon Membership Gold Medal of Japan, etc, became a Buddhist nun in old age, eldest daughter of Lieutenant-General H.E. Yun T’aek-yŏng [In Toku-ei], Prince of Haepung (HaepungPuwon-gun), and Marquis In in the Japanese peerage, sometime Lord Steward and Grand Chamberlain. He d.s.p. at the Ch’angdŏk Palace, Seoul, 24th April 1926 (bur. Yu-nŭng, Kŭmgok, Namyang-ju) (succ. by his younger half-brother).
[1926 - 1970] H.I.H. Crown Prince (Hwang-t’ae-ja) Yi Ŭn [Gin Ri] [Ŭimin T’ae-wang], Prince of Yŏng (YeongCh’in-hwang), GBE (c 30.9.1927). b. at the Toksu Palace, Seoul, 20th October 1897, seventh son of H.M. Emperor Kwang-mu, Emperor of Korea, GCIE, by his fifth wife, Lady Om, the Sunhon Hwang-kwi-bi, educ. Nobles’ Sch, Seoul, Gakushin Peers’ Sch, Central Military Prep Sch, Imperial Mil Acad and Staff Coll, Tokyo, Japan. Raised to the rank of an Imperial Prince (Ch’in-hwang) together with the designation of Yŏng and the style of His Imperial Highness 1900. Appointed as Heir Apparent by his brother with the title of Hwang-t’ae-ja (Great Imperial Prince) 27th August 1907. Reduced to the rank of Imperial Brother Heir (Hwang-se-je) with the style of His Highness, by the Japanese after 29th August 1910 (ignored in Korea). Succeeded on the death of his brother as Head of the Imperial House of Korea 24th April 1926 and designatedYiWang Ch’angdŏk-gung (Great Prince Yi of the Ch’angdŏk Palace), according to the Japanese Imperial system. Cmsnd as Sub-Lieut 2nd Regt of Infantry (Imperial Guards) Japanese Army 1920, prom 1st-Lieut 27/4/1920, prom Capt 1923, attached HQ General Staff 1924-1925, Lieut-Col Military Training Dept 1927, cdt 59th Infantry Regt 1931-1935, prom Col 1/8/1935, Instructor Military Staff Coll 1937-1939, prom Maj-Gen 1/7/1938, cdr 2nd Infantry Bde (Imperial Guards) 1939-1940, prom Lieut-Gen 1/12/1940, cdr Osaka dvsn 1940-1941, and Utsunomiya dvsn 1941, Army Education Dept HQ Tokyo 1941-1942, attached HQ 1st Air Corps 1942-1943, cdr 1st Air Corps 20/7/1943-1/4/1945, retd 1945. He lost his princely status in Japan as a consequence of the new Japanese Constitution, 14th October 1947. The Park government of Korea offered him the position of Ambassador to the Court of St James’s in 1960, but he refused on the grounds of ill health. Returned to Korea on 22nd November 1963 at the express invitation of the Korean government, he suffered a severe stroke as his aeroplane was about to land at Seoul International Airport and was rushed to hospital, remained bedridden for the rest of his life. Raised to the posthumous rank of King as Ŭimin T’ae-wang, 9th May 1970. Joint author of “A First Book of Korean” (1950). Rcvd: the Grand Orders of the Golden Measure, the Auspicious Stars, and the Plum Blossom, Imperial 50 Years Felicitations (1901), Forty Year Reign (1902), Crown Prince’s Wedding (1907), Enthronement (1907), and Imperial Tour (1909) Commemorative Medals, GC of the Orders of the Chrysanthemum (27.4.1920), the Rising Sun with Paulownia Flowers, and the Sacred Treasure, Taisho Enthronement (1915), Showa Enthronement (1928), and Tokyo Earthquake Rehabilitation (1930) Commemorative Medals, the Red Cross Order of Merit, and the Red Cross Hon Membership Gold Medal of Japan, GC of the Orders of Leopold of Belgium (16.10.1927), the Netherlands Lion (25.10.1927), Dannebrog of Denmark (10.11.1927), Vasa of Sweden with collar (13.11.1927), St. Olav of Norway (1927), Polonia Restituta of Poland (25.10.1927), White Lion of Czechoslovakia (14.12.1927), and SS Maurice & Lazarus of Italy (23.12.1927). m. at the Yi Palace, Toriizaka, Tokyo, 28th April 1920, H.I.H. Crown Princess (Hwang-se-ja-bin) Pang-ja (b. at the Nashimoto Palace, Kojimachi, Tokyo, 4th November 1901; d. at the Naksŏn-jae, Ch’angdŏk Palace, Seoul, 30th April 1989, bur. Yung-won, Kŭmgok, Namyang-ju), née H.I.H. Princess Masako Nashimoto, educ. Peeresses’ Sch, Miyakezaka, Tokyo, Presdt Myonghui-won (1968) and Chahaeng Assoc for mentally retarded children (1965), Chair All-Japan Ladies’ Buddhist League (1953), etc, author of “The World is One” (1973), Hon PhD Hankuk Univ of Foreign Studies, rcvd: GC of the Orders of the Precious Crown of Japan (16.12.1926, 2nd class 9.1.1919), and the Auspicious Phoenix of Korea (1922), and the Order of National Merit 1st Class of the Republic of Korea (1972), Showa Enthronement Commemorative Medal (1928), the Red Cross Order of Merit, and the Red Cross Hon Membership Gold Medal of Japan, elder daughter of Field Marshal H.I.H. Prince Morimasa, 2nd Prince Nashimoto, GCVO, by his wife, H.I.H. Princess Itsuko, Princess Nashimoto, second daughter of daughter of Major-General H.E. Naohiro, 1st Marquis Nabeshima, 14th Daimyo of the Saga clan of Hizen, Kyushu, sometime Grand Master of Ceremonies and Ambassador to Italy. He d. at the Naksŏn-jae, Ch’angdŏk Palace, Seoul, 1st May 1970 (bur. Yung-won, Kŭmgok, Namyang-ju), having had issue, two sons:
1) H.I.H. Prince (Hwang-se-son) Yi Chin [Shin Ri]. b. at the Yi Palace, Toriizaka-ku, Tokyo, Japan, 18th August 1921. Became Heir Presumptive (Hwang-se-son) at birth. He d. at the Chunmyong-jon, Toksu Palace, Seoul, 11th May 1922 (bur. Sungin-won, Ch'ongnyang-ni).
2) H.I.H. Prince (Hwang-se-son) Yi Ku [Kyu Lee], Head of the Imperial House of Korea - see below.
[1970 - 2005] H.I.H. Prince (Hwang-se-son) Yi Ku [Kyu Lee] [Hoeŭn Hwang-t’ae-son], Head of the Imperial House of Korea. b. at the Kitashariakawa Palace, Kioi-cho, Kojimachi-ku, Tokyo, Japan, 29th December 1931, younger son of H.I.H. Crown Prince Yi Ŭn, Prince of Yŏng, GBE, by his wife, H.I.H. Crown Princess Pang-ja [Masako], elder daughter of Field Marshal H.I.H. Prince Morimasa, 2nd Prince Nashimoto, GCVO, educ. Gakushin Peers' Sch, Tokyo, Japan, Center Coll, Danville, Kentucky, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass, USA (M.Sc. Architecture 1957). Became Heir Presumptive (Hwang-se-son) at birth. Employed as an architect with with I.M. Pei & Assocs in Manhattan, New York 1958-1960 and in Hawaii 1960-1963, where his work included the design of the East-West Center (EWC) at the Univ of Hawai’i at Manoa. Took US Citizenship in 1959 after having been made stateless by the Japanese Constitution of 14th October 1947. Resumed Korean nationality and returned to Korea on a permanent basis in November 1963. Lecturer in Architecture at Seoul National University and Yonsei University 1964-1970. Succeeded his father as Head of the Royal House of Korea, 1st May 1970. Raised to the posthumous title of Prince Imperial Hoeŭn (Hoeeun Hwangtaeson), 22nd July 2005. Head of the Grand Orders of the Golden Ruler, the Auspicious Stars and the Plum Blossoms, the Taeguk Order of Merit, and the Orders of the Purple Falcon, Eight Trigrams and Auspicious Phoenix. Governor of the Yi Royal Family Association 1970-2005. Presdt Yong Ch’in-hwang Memorial Foundation 1970-2005. Presdt & CEO Sinhan Hangeop Co Ltd 1974-1979, Vice-Presdt Trans Asia Engineering Ltd, etc. Mbr Royal Asiatic Soc (Korea Branch), etc. m. at St George’s Church, New York City, USA, 25th October 1958 (never recognised by the Yi Family Council) (sep. 1974, div. at Seoul, 1982) Yi Chuah [Julia Lee Mullock] (b. at Meansville, Pennsylvania, USA, 18th March 1923), educ. Franklin Sch of Professional Artists, New York, and Radcliffe Coll, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, served in the US Navy during WWII, naturalized as aKorean citizen 1983, MD Julia Lee’s Workshop, settled in Hawaii since 1995, daughter of a miner from Pennsylvania of Ukrainian origin. He d. from heart failure, at the Akasaka Prince Hotel, Tokyo, 16th July 2005 (bur. Yung-won, Kŭmgok, Namyang-ju), having adopted a daughter (never recognised by the Yi Family Council):
1) Eugenia Unsuk Lee [Eun-sook]. b. 1959, educ. Seoul Foreign Sch, Korea, and in Massachusetts, USA. Adopted by Prince Yi Ku and Julia Mullock in 1969. m. and settled in Hawaii.
 H.I.H. Prince (Hwang-sa-son) Yi Won, Head of the Imperial House of Korea. b. at Hyehwa-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, 23rd September 1962, as Yi Sang-hyŏp, elder son of Yi Kap [Ch’ung-gil], educ. Sangmun High Sch, Seoul, New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) (BA Broadcasting), New York, USA, and Sungkyunkwan Univ (SKKU) Sch of Education (MA Hum), Seoul. Employed as an inturn with Home Box Office (HBO) in the USA before returning to Korea as a television producer with Diamond Broadcast Planning and Production Business, with Beauty TV and the popular dance group HOT Season, Public Rlations Officer to Chung Ju-yung, sometime shipping manager with the Hyundai corporation, and Gen Mngr Hyundai Home Shopping Products Dvsn 2001-2003. Adopted by Prince Yi Ku and renamed Yi Won, before 1981. Formally recognised by twenty-one senior members of the Imperial clan as the adopted heir and successor, under the terms of Prince Yi Ku testament and adoption agreement, 19th July 2005. Invested as Head of the Imperial House of Korea with the designation of Hwang-sa-son, 22nd July 2005. Governor of the Yi Royal Family Association since 2005, and Chair Royal Family Council since 2005. Consultant International Delphic Council (IDC) since 2009. Head of the Grand Orders of the Golden Ruler, the Auspicious Stars and the Plum Blossoms, the Taeguk Order of Merit, and the Orders of the Purple Falcon, Eight Trigrams and Auspicious Phoenix. Governor of the Yi Royal Family Association since 2005, and Chair Royal Family Council since 2005. Consultant with the International Delphic Council (IDC) since 2009. m. (?) Cho Tŭng-hak. He has issue, two sons: