Descendants of Myanmar’s Last King Mark His Exile by Britain

More than a century after the British expelled Myanmar’s last king, descendants held an emotional ceremony in Mandalay’s Golden Palace today in a watershed moment for a country rediscovering its royal heritage after decades of colonialism and military rule. The last scions of the Konbaung dynasty gathered in the former seat of royal power as […]

Myanmar’s Royal Legacy

When you visit the home of the long-lost heir to the Burmese throne, you’re not supposed to sit on a chair. Nor are you to sit on the wooden bench, above which hang black and white family portraits, including an image of Queen Supalayat and King Thibaw, the last in a line of absolute rulers. […]

Lost kingdom: Myanmar’s forgotten royals

In a modest Yangon apartment, the granddaughter of Myanmar’s last king lives poor and unrecognised by her neighbours — a far cry from the power and riches of her ancestor. Princess Hteik Su Phaya Gyi said the childhood days when her family had a bevy of servants and retained some of its royal status were […]