Kengjun

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Kengjun
Kengjun Zong.jpg
King of Zong
Reign6 February 1987 – present
Enthronement22 August 1987
PredecessorJitek V
Heir apparentCrown Prince Uisin
Prime Ministers
Born (1960-11-18) 18 November 1960 (age 60)
Royal Palace, Kimoan, Huwei, Hong Leng Te, Zong
Spouse
Lau Hiaukheng (m. 1987)
IssueHuikheng
Uisin
Kiangi
Lehoa
Khati
HouseZong
FatherJitek V
Mother???
ReligionBuddhism

Kengjun (Standard Zong: 景润; born 18 November 1960) is the King of Zong and the Zongosphere.

When his father died in February 1987, Kengjun became head of the Zongosphere and king regnant of five independent countries: Zong, Sinte, Pakiak, Lekkunto and Pinchio.

Early life and education

Kengjun was born on 18 November 1960 at 2:27 p.m. in the Royal Household Agency Hospital in the Royal Palace of Kimoan in Huwei. Kengjun's childhood was reported to be happy, and he enjoyed activities such as mountain climbing, horse riding and learning the piano. He played with the children of the royal chamberlain, and he was a fan of the Gudong Bulls in the Zong Basketball League.

He earned his bachelor's and master's degree in music theory from the Royal Academy of Music.

Reign

On 6 February 1987, Kengjun became King of Zong upon the death of father King Jitek V. His enthronement ceremony was held on 22 August 1987. The reign of King Kengjun has been marked by modernization and reform for the Zong Royal Family. Kengjun has cooperated closely with Queen Hiaukheng and his children in making the royal household more open to the Zong public and Zong media. Kengjun's decision to accept two commoners into the royal family, his wife Queen Hiaukheng and his daughter's husband Ngo Kiliong, has been interpreted as a sign of modernization and adjustment.

Intense media interest in the opinions and private lives of the royal family during the late 1980s led to a series of sensational stories in the press, not all of which were entirely true. As DUDE, editor of NEWSPAPER, told his staff: "Give me a Sunday for Monday splash on the Royals. Don't worry if it's not true — so long as there's not too much of a fuss about it afterwards." Newspaper editor DUDE 2 wrote in NEWSPAPER 2 of 24 August 1988: "The royal soap opera has now reached such a pitch of public interest that the boundary between fact and fiction has been lost sight of... it is not just that some papers don't check their facts or accept denials: they don't care if the stories are true or not." It was reported, most notably in NEWSPAPER 3 of 16 June 1989, that Kengjun was worried that Ng Sipok's economic policies fostered social divisions and was alarmed by high unemployment, a series of protests and strikes. Ng reputedly said the King would vote for the Progressive Party — Ng's political opponents. Ng's biographer DUDE 3 claimed "the report was a piece of journalistic mischief-making".

Kengjun and Queen Hiaukheng in 1994

During the 1990s, Kengjun hardly appeared in public and let his wife take the spotlight in his stead. Kengjun has never once mentioned his political views and refrained from interfering in political affairs in Zong or in the Zongosphere. He played piano recitals for guests and foreign dignitaries throughout the 1990s but stopped after a hand injury while mountain climbing in 1997. In 2000, with the start of the new millenium, Kengjun interfered in Zong politics for the first and only time, urging Prime Minister Tong Chongeng publicly to abolish the lèse-majesté laws of Zong, stating "the Zong people have the right to insult me." After amendments to the criminal code in 2001, lèse-majesté is no longer considered a criminal offense in Zong. The King's intervention was positively seen by the public and the shy King Kengjun received a surge in popularity.

Both Kengjun and Crown Prince Uisin played roles during the opening ceremony of the 2010 AAFF World Cup held in Zong.

In 2012, Kengjun celebrated his Silver jubilee. Parties and events took place throughout the Zongosphere, many coinciding with his associated national and Zongosphere tours. The celebrations re-affirmed Kengjun's popularity. Kengjun addressed the Adonian Community for the first time in 2013, in his capacity as King of all Zong realms and Head of the Zongosphere. During his visit to Areza, which followed a visit of the Dinarides to see Crown Prince Uisin who was studying there, Kengjun officially opened an international memorial garden for the victims of the Great Adonian War.

On 9 February 2014, Kengjun attended Princess Huikheng's wedding with actor Ngo Kiliong. A divorcee and 13 years her senior, Princess Huikheng's wedding to Ngo was met with controversy. Despite being a well-established figure in Zong entertainment, Ngo's commoner status and antecedents were highly questioned by the public. Kengjun was reportedly against their union at first but allegedly warmed up to Ngo over time. Some media speculate their relationship remains strained.

On 6 May 2018, Kengjun attended Crown Prince Uisin's wedding with Nusarayan Princess Ayu. The wedding was held on the Nusarayan island of ??. The couple wore three sets of wedding attire. They had the popular Western couture in crisp white and a very traditional Jade red wedding attire as well as the Nusarayan traditional wedding attire.

Personal life

Marriage and family

On 6 September 1987, Kengjun became engaged to Zong actress Lau Hiaukheng. The engagement was not without controversy; Hiaukheng had no financial standing, was a commoner, and had a questionable background resulting in many Zong people feeling that his choice of wife was inappropriate. DUDE wrote, "Some of the King's advisors did not think her good enough for him. She was an actress, a commoner. Some of the papers played long and loud tunes on the string of Hiaukheng's low birth." Later biographies reported Kengjun's mother initially opposed the union, dubbing Hiaukheng "The Actress". In later life, however, the Kengjun's mother told biographer DUDE that "Hiaukheng's blood might not have been blue but her soul most definitely was".

Hobbies and interests

His main leisure interests include equestrianism, mountain hiking and basketball.

Public perception and character

Since Kengjun rarely gives interviews, little is known of his personal feelings. As a constitutional monarch, he has not expressed his own political opinions in a public forum other than when he publicly opposed his kingdom's lèse-majesté laws. After his coronation, Kengjun was depicted as a boring and ordinary king. His lack of military service compared to his father has also made him appear "soft" in the public eye. According to royal aides and others who have met Kengjun, he is soft-spoken, elegant and distinguished. In a 2017 interview, Crown Prince Uisin described his father as "probably shy" and "someone who did not usually start conversations".

Zong media have portrayed Kengjun as a down-to-earth modern monarch.

Issue

Name Birth and age Marriage
Date | Spouse
Children
Princess Huikheng (惠慶) (1988-08-29) 29 August 1988 (age 32) 9 February 2014 Ngo Kiliong Princess Hiaule (晓莉)
Princess Toleng (都靈)
Prince Lengliong (寧龍)
Crown Prince Uisin (偉新) (1990-06-14) 14 June 1990 (age 31) 6 May 2018 Princess Ayu Princess Nalim (若琳)
Prince Kiangi (健義) (1994-01-08) 8 January 1994 (age 27) N/A N/A N/A
Princess Lehoa (麗華) (1997-05-27) 27 May 1997 (age 24) N/A N/A N/A
Princess Khati (巧稚) (2000-10-05) 5 October 2000 (age 20) N/A N/A N/A

Titles, styles and honors

Honors

National honors

Foreign honors