1883 - 1953
The Second Princess, daughter of King Thibaw
The Second Princess, Ashin Hteik Su Myat Paya-lat, daughter of King Thibaw, was just two years old when she accompanied her parents from Mandalay into exile in 1885. In October 1916 she eloped and married U Khin Maung Lat, a former Mandalay courtier and together they lived the rest of their lives, apparently peacefully and happily, in Kalimpong in the Himalayan foothills near Darjeeling, where they managed a small diary farm. In this little-known photograph of the couple taken by the Life Magazine photographer James Burke in 1953 they are pictured near their home.