Prince Edward Taw Phaya (Burmese: တော်ဘုရား; also known as Tun Aung, 22 March 1924 – 12 January 2019) 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.[1] Upon the death of his aunt Myat Phaya Lat in 1956, he became the Head of the Royal House of Konbaung.[2]

Taw Phaya
Prince Taw Phaya
Head of the Royal House of Konbaung
Tenure21 July 1962 –
12 January 2019
PredecessorMyat Phaya
SuccessorSoe Win
Born(1924-03-22)22 March 1924
Maymyo, Burma, British Raj
Died12 January 2019(2019-01-12) (aged 94)
Pyin U Lwin, Myanmar
Phaya Rita
(m. 1944; died 2019)
Issue5 sons, 2 daughters:
  • Richard Taw Phaya Myat Gyi
  • David Taw Phaya Myat
  • Edward Taw Phaya Myat Nge
  • Joseph Taw Phaya Myat Aye
  • Paul Taw Phaya Myat Thaike
  • Ann-Marie Su Phaya Lay
  • Rose-Marie Su Phaya Naing
FatherKo Ko Naing
MotherMyat Phaya Galay


Six siblings of Taw Phaya

Taw Phaya was born on 22 March 1924 in Maymyo, British Burma to Ko Ko Naing, a former monk, and Princess Myat Phaya Galay who was the fourth daughter of King Thibaw and Queen Supayalat.

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 from 1951 to 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. She was the 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.

Taw Phaya family was not involved in politics, but supported the military caretaker government's anti-communist mission in 1959. The military officials focused on the Taw Phaya family to be used in the operation and invited them to come to Shwebo, which was the beginning of the Konbaung dynasty. After seeing local women spreading their hair to welcome the Taw Phaya family, the Tatmadaw thought it could compete with them for power. As a result, the military later ignored the royal family.[3]

Documentary filmEdit

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.[4] 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.[5]


Taw Phaya died on 12 January 2019 at his Pyin Oo Lwin Residence.[6] After his death, his eldest son, Richard Taw Phaya is presumed to be the Head of the Royal House of Konbaung, although no confirmation has been made since.


Taw Phaya had five sons and two daughters:[citation needed]

  • Richard Taw Phaya Myat Gyi (born 14 May 1945), He married two times, he first married at Rangoon in May 1962 to Hteik Su Margaret Phaya Htwe (b. at Rangoon, 20 August 1927; d. from a brain haemorrhage, at Maymyo, 21st June, 2003), his paternal aunt, younger daughter of U Ko Ko Naing, by his wife, H.R.H. Princess (Ashin Hteik Suhpaya) Mayat Phaya Galay. m. (second) at Rangoon, 1993, Myint Myint Aye. He had issue, one son by his first wife:
    • Maung Aung Khine (b. 1962)
  • 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).[citation needed]



  1. ^ Kennedy, Phoebe, Burmese dictator lives like a king, laments the nation's last royal, published in The Independent, 12 March 2010
  2. ^ "Thai soap angers family of Myanmar's last king". Yahoo! News. 12 March 2017.
  3. ^ "သီပေါနောက်က တော်ဘုရားများ". BBC News (in Burmese). 10 February 2019.
  4. ^ Jim Pollard (10 February 2018). "The right to remember Myanmar's last king". Asia Times.
  5. ^ Zuzakar Kalaung (2 November 2017). "We Were Kings: Burma's lost royal family". The Myanmar Times.
  6. ^ "သီပေါမင်းနဲ့ စုဖုရားလတ်တို့ရဲ့ နောက်ဆုံးမြေးတော် တော်ဘုရား ကွယ်လွန်" (in Burmese). Duwun. 12 January 2019.

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Taw Phaya
Born: 22 March 1924
Royal titles
Preceded by Heir to the Burmese Throne
1962 – 2019
Succeeded by