Sunday, October 10, 2010

Aung San Suu Kyi: the unseen photo album

 New Year’s Day, 1972, Chelsea registry office in London .
Aung San Suu Kyi and Michael Aris married, aged 26 and 25 respectively.

 Aung San Suu Kyi at her wedding reception, following a Buddhist blessing at a family friend’s London home.

Aung San Suu Kyi on the snowy slopes of a mountain in Bhutan in 1971. 
Further up the hill, at Taktsang temple, Michael had proposed to her.

The future Nobel laureate riding a mule up a mountain in Bhutan , 1971

Her husband-to-be, Michael Aris, riding a yak in Bhutan , where he was a tutor to the royal family, 1971

Aung San Suu Kyi’s mother, Daw Khin Kyi, meets her grandson, 
Alexander, for the first time on a family visit to Rangoon . 
Michael Aris stands at the back. 1974

A family picnic in Grantown-on-Spey. Aung San Suu Kyi with her husband (with the beard) and two sons Alexander and Kim. 
The woman in the back wearing the headscarf is Mathané Fend, 
a famous pre-war singer who was Aung San Suu Kyi's most trusted friend and confidante, her 'emergency aunt'.

1970/1980 on the lawn of her father-in-law’s house in Grantown-on-Spey , Scotland , 
Aung San Suu Kyi plays with her two sons, Alexander (in the braces) and Kim.

Aung San Suu Kyi’s husband, Michael Aris, an academic and specialist in Tibetan and Himalayan Studies, in his study at St John's College, Oxford.

From 1973 to 1988, Aung San Suu Kyi devoted her time and energy to motherhood in Oxford where her husband was an academic.

Having a barbecue on a family holiday to the Norfolk Broads in the early 1980s

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