|Prince Taw Phaya|
|Head of the Royal House of Konbaung|
|Tenure||1956 – 2019|
|Predecessor||Myat Phaya Lat|
|Born||22 March 1924|
Maymyo, British Burma
|Died||12 January 2019 (aged 94)|
Pyin U Lwin, Myanmar
(m. 1944; died 2019)
|Issue||5 sons, 2 daughters:|
|Father||Ko Ko Naing|
|Mother||Myat Phaya Galay|
|Burmese royal family|
Prince Edward Taw Phaya (Burmese: တော်ဘုရား, (22 March 1924 – 12 January 2019), also known as Tun Aung) was the Pretender to the Throne of Burma (abolished in 1885). He was the second son of Princess Myat Phaya Galay, the fourth daughter of King Thibaw and Queen Supayalat. Upon the death of his aunt Myat Phaya Lat in 1956, he became the Head of the Royal House of Konbaung.
He attended high school at St. Patrick's High School, Moulmein and St. Paul's School in Rangoon. He worked as director of Thibaw Commercial Syndicate (TCS) Co. Ltd in 1951 from 1962. He was also Vice President of Association for Buddhism as the National Religion in 1958.
On 4 May 1944, he married his first cousin, Princess Phaya Rita, daughter of Prince Kodawgyi Naing and Princess Myat Phaya, who was the third daughter of Burma's last king, Thibaw Min and the sister of his mother.
In 2017, Taw Phaya and his elder sister Hteik Su Phaya Gyi, nephew Soe Win, niece Devi Thant Sin appeared as the main characters of We Were Kings, a documentary film by Alex Bescoby and Max Jones. The film premiered in Mandalay on 4 November 2017 at the Irrawaddy Literary Festival and also screened in Thailand at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand. The film is about Myanmar's history, but also about the descendants of the last kings of Burma who lived unassuming lives in modern Myanmar, unrecognized and unknown.
Taw Phaya had five sons and two daughters:
- Richard Taw Phaya Myat Gyi (born 14 May 1945). Heir and second in line to the throne.
- David Taw Phaya Myat (born 1 April 1947).
- Edward Taw Phaya Myat Nge (born 27 April 1948 - died 14 November 1955).
- Joseph Taw Phaya Myat Aye (born 19 March 1950).
- Paul Taw Phaya Myat Thaike (born 19 February 1954).
- Ann-Marie Su Phaya Lay (born 10 September 1952).
- Rose-Marie Su Phaya Naing (born 21 April 1956).
|Ancestors of Taw Phaya|
- Kennedy, Phoebe, Burmese dictator lives like a king, laments the nation's last royal, published in The Independent, 12 March 2010
- "The Konbaung Dynasty (part 19)". Royal Ark. Retrieved 2012-02-15.
- Jim Pollard (10 February 2018). "The right to remember Myanmar's last king". Asia Times.
- Zuzakar Kalaung (2 November 2017). "We Were Kings: Burma's lost royal family". The Myanmar Times.
- "သီပေါမင်းနဲ့ စုဖုရားလတ်တို့ရဲ့ နောက်ဆုံးမြေးတော် တော်ဘုရား ကွယ်လွန်" (in Burmese). Duwun. 12 January 2019.
Taw PhayaBorn: 22 March 1924
Myat Phaya Lat
| Heir to the Burmese Throne
1956 – 2019