On the night of June 1, 2001, when the Shahs were gathered for a weekly family dinner gathering at Kathmandu's Narayanhity Royal Palace, Dipendra was reportedly drinking heavily. However, he later said that he made this claim due to "legal and constitutional hurdles," since under the constitution, and by tradition, Dipendra could not have been charged with murder had he survived. A two-man committee comprising Keshav Prasad Upadhaya, the Supreme Court Chief Justice, and Taranath Ranabhat, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, carried out the week-long investigation into the massacre. Due to the lack of adequate explanations to such questions, many, including high level politicians have said that they doubt as to his guilt and have called for reinvestigation. [4] This investigation was done after Scotland Yard had actually offered to carry out a forensic investigation. [2] This is, in fact, unlikely. [13] It is also speculated that the reason for the marriage dispute over Dipendra's choice of wife was that the royal family had a position that the crown prince should not marry someone having relatives in India, as Devyani did. Moreover, Gyanendra and especially his son Prince Paras were very unpopular with the public. The Killer King? Rediff correspondent in Kathmandu . This official version is, however, questioned by many. Dipendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev (27 June 1971 – 4 June 2001) was a king of Nepal, who briefly reigned while in coma as King of Nepal from 1 to 4 June 2001. — Reuters. Nepal has a new king for now, and he is Crown Prince Dipendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev. His ascent to the throne would have been possible only if both of his nephews, Dipendra and Nirajan, were eliminated. [18] Promoters of these ideas allege Gyanendra had a hand in the massacre so that he could assume the throne himself. The prospective bride's mother, a Nepali by birth, warned her daughter that marrying the Nepali crown prince might mean a drop in her standard of living. "[11][failed verification], The widely circulated rumour is that Prince Dipendra was angry over a marriage dispute. Outline (1) His Royal Highness Crown Prince Dipendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev of the Kingdom of Nepal visited Japan at the invitation … and Nepalese, both inside Nepal and abroad, disputed the official report because many facts and evidence reported by the investigation team seemed contradictory in many aspects. Queen Aishwarya, though initially opposed the relationship due to family ties and the view that Supriya would be incompetent as a queen, as to which expressions by the Queen were heard by an aide,[14] nevertheless favored Supriya over Devyani Rana, since if Supriya became queen, the Shah dynasty would not have to share its power with the Ranas, entailing formation of an unwanted political alliance.[15]. In 1959 King Birendra enrolled at E… [15] Born on December 28, 1945 at Narayanhiti Royal Palace, King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev ruled Nepal since 31 January, 1972 to 1 June, 2001 when he was victimized in the Royal Nepalese Massacre said to be carried by his eldest son the then Crown Prince Dipendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev.King Birendra is the most internationally known Nepalese king in the history of modern Nepal. Dipendra Bir Bikram Shah - June 2-4, 2001 In 1990, Nepalese demonstrated for democracy, and King Birendra agreed to transform Nepal into a constitutional monarchy. The tears dry, the smiles fade, but the memories last forever !!.. [12] Dipendra's choice of bride was Devyani Rana, daughter of Pashupati Shamsher Jang Bahadur Rana, a member of the Rana clan, against which the Shah dynasty have a historic animosity. A commemorative postage stamp on King Dipendra of Nepal: Issued by Nepal. • Late King Dipendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev. Due to his wiping out of most of the line of succession, he became king while in a comatose state from the head wound.[2]. In Nepal in 2001, Crown Prince Dipendra Bir Bikram Shah (R) fell into a coma after killing 11 Nepalese royals, including his parents (the king and queen) and turning the gun on himself. H.R.H.Crown Prince Dipendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev of the Kingdom of Nepal will visit Japan from April 25 (Wed) to May 2 (Wed) at the invitation of the Government of Japan. Birendra's brother, Gyanendra, became king after the death of his nephew King Dipendra.[3]. 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He went to England and attended Eton college for higher study. The official report submitted by the high level investigation committee formed by the then government concluded that, as the Crown Prince, he killed his family at a weekly royal family dinner on 1 June 2001, including his father Birendra, the then king. KARACHI, PAKISTAN - FEBRUARY 21: Visiting Crown Prince of Nepal Dipendra Bir Vikram Shah Dev (R) examines an automatic rifle in Pakistan ordinance factory at Wah, some 45 kilometres from Islamabad, 20 February. Birendra Bir Bikram Shah was born in December 29th, 1945. King Birendra and his son Dipendra were very popular and well-respected by the Nepalese population. The crown prince responded to the 1990 uprising, and return to an elected government, with enthusiasm while a student at Eton College, where he was finishing his studies. 1. Crown Prince Dipendra will be invited to court luncheon given by Their Majesties The Emperor and Empress of Japan. His place of birth was in Narayanhity Palace in Nepal. [14] Also, that Devyani Rana's mother, Usharaje Scindia was of Gwalior royal lineage, was not considered impressive by the Nepal royal family. Issued for : His Royal Highness Crown Prince Dipendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev was born on June 27, 1971. Nepal's Crown Prince Paras Bir Bikram Shah Dev and Princess Himani Rajyalakshmi Dev walk towards their car after their arrival in Bangalore, 25 January 2004. Website. The dead included King Birendra and Queen Aishwarya. Crown Prince Dipendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev of the Kingdom of Nepal (Outline and Results) 2 May 2001. The report also states that Dipendra himself was mortally wounded by a self-inflicted gunshot to the side of his head. Nine members of the royal family were killed in a mass shooting during a party or monthly reunion dinner of the royal family in the house. The Prince, on his first official visit... Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images Oct 8, 2012 - Official Website of Nepal Monarchy. [citation needed] A close aide of Dipendra when he was prince said of Dipendra, "He can give up the throne for the sake of his love, but he can never do this kind of thing. His wife Komal, Paras and daughter Prerana were in the room at the royal palace during the massacre. bossnepal.com/king-dipendra-bir-bikram-shah-dev-king-nepal-coma Nepal's King Birendra (R) and Queen Aishwarya (L) are seen in New Delhi in this January 25, 1999, file photo. His father was a crown prince and his mother a crown princess. Dipendra Bir Bikram Shah arrives at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi in the year 1994. Prince Charles With Prince Gyanendra Making A Speech At A Banquet In The Kings Guest Palace, Nepal. Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dipendra_of_Nepal. His Royal Highness Crown Prince Dipendra Bir Bikram Shah … Thereafter, the other invitees arrived … He did try to spare those during the shooting rampage (being a possible minor sign of him being remorseful) until the spared witnesses chased after him throughout a stairway and were shot by … While the entire families of Birendra and Dipendra were killed, nobody in Gyanendra's family died: his son escaped with slight injuries,[19] and his wife sustained a life-threatening bullet wound but survived. During his stay in Japan, H.R.H. On 13 March 1955 his grandfather King Tribhuvandied and his father succeeded to the Nepalese throne. Son of King Birendra of Nepal and Queen Aishwarya of Nepal The two princes started at the public school on the same day in 1995. According to eyewitness reports and an official investigation carried by a two-man committee made up of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Keshav Prasad Upadhaya and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Taranath Ranabhat: He received his early Education at Budhanikantha School in Kathmandu. He was the first born son to King Mahendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev and Indra Rajya Laxmi Devi. Some allege that, due to her mother's family being lower-class royals of India and her father's political alliances, Dipendra's parents objected. King Of Nepal- Dipendra Bir Bikram Shah; The eldest son of King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev, Dipendra Bir Bikram Shah was born on 27 June 1971. Birendra, other royals were DOA. Nepalese Crown Prince Dipendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev, left, stands beside Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito during a visit to the Edo-Tokyo Museum, April... Deborah Hutton and Crown Prince Dipendra of Nepal attend a Fred Hollows Foundation function on September 29, 2000 in Sydney, Australia. [16] Dipendra's residence was also eventually razed to the ground. [10] A large number of critics[who?] 2. [4] Sources of the yet unanswered questions include details such as the apparent lack of security at the event; the absence from the party of Prince Gyanendra, Dipendra's uncle who succeeded him; the fact that, despite being right-handed, Dipendra's self-inflicted head-wound was located at his left temple, and that two bullets were found to be lodged in the temple instead of one; and finally that the subsequent investigation lasted for only two weeks and did not involve any major forensic analysis. King Birendra had spent eight years studying at St Joseph's College, a Jesuit school in Darjeeling. In this file photo dated April 26 Nepalese Crown Prince Dipendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev visits the Edo-Tokyo Museum in Tokyo, Japan. Dipendra Bir Bikram Shah speaks about his visit to India. [9] The investigation concluded, after interviewing more than a hundred people including eyewitnesses and palace officials, guards and staff, that Dipendra had carried out the massacre. Issued on Jan 3, 1990. Kathmandu, Bagmati, Central Region, Nepal, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dipendra_of_Nepal. At # BudhanikanthaSchool in 1980's. Other theories allege that Dipendra was unhappy with the country's shift from an absolute to a constitutional monarchy, and that too much power had been given away following the 1990 People's Movement. He later became frustrated by his father's refusal to intervene while the Nepali politicians bickered and competed among themselves while failing to make an effective response to the rising Maoist threat. Dipendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev (27 June 1971 – 4 June 2001) was a king of Nepal, who briefly reigned while in coma as King of Nepal from 1 to 4 June 2001. Princes revered. Dipendra desired to marry Devyani Rana, whom he had met in the United Kingdom. Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev, (born December 28, 1945, Kathmandu, Nepal—died June 1, 2001, Kathmandu), king of Nepal from 1972 to 2001, 10th in the line of monarchs in the Shah Dev family.. [7] Gyanendra was appointed regent for the three days, then ascended the throne himself after Dipendra died. Birendra's own son, the 29-year-old Crown Prince Dipendra, was also proving difficult. King Birendra and Queen Aishwarya, their son Prince Nirajan, their daughter Princess Shruti, two of the king's sisters, his brother-in-law and a cousin were all killed by gunfire at the Narayanhiti royal palace in an incident which has left his eldest son and successor, Crown Prince Dipendra Bir Bikram Shah … Dipendra seemed to be very committed to wanting to murder his family and anybody into the Palace. According to eyewitness reports and an official investigation carried by a two-man committee made up of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Keshav Prasad Upadhaya and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Taranath Ranabhat: On 1 June 2001, Crown Prince Dipendra opened fire at a house on the grounds of the Narayanhity Royal Palace, the residence of the Nepalese monarchy, where a party was being held. The Commission headed by Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Keshab Prasad Upadhyay has Inferred that the Crown prince Dipendra Bir Bikaram Shah arrived at … Geni requires JavaScript! Visit to Japan of H.R.H. [17] Subsequently, Pushpa Kamal Dahal (Prachanda), the chairman of the Nepalese Maoist Party, in a public gathering claimed that the massacre was planned by the Indian intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) or the American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Current King: His Majesty King Gyanendra Dipendra's prospective bride descended, through her mother, from a competing sub-branch of the Nepali Rana clan (the Juddha Shamsher line) to that of Queen Aishwarya. On the day of the massacre, he was in Pokhara whilst other royals were attending a dinner function. On 12 June 2001, a Hindu katto ceremony was held to exorcise or banish the spirit of the dead king from Nepal. [8] A full investigation took place, and Dipendra was found to be responsible for the killing. In fact, Devyani Rana's Gwalior family is one of the wealthiest former royal families of India, and allegedly far wealthier than the Shahs of Nepal. Please enable JavaScript in your browser's settings to use this part of Geni. Call it a constitutional quirk or going by the word of law, but the killer heir-apparent is anointed the de jure king. With his father's ascension King Birendra became the Crown Prince of Nepal. A brahmin Durga Prasad Sapkota, dressed as Birendra to symbolise the late king, rode an elephant out of Kathmandu and into symbolic exile, taking many of the monarch's belongings with him. His motive for the murders is unknown, but there are various theories. [2], Later, upon his father's death, Dipendra was declared King of Nepal while in a coma. Life brings tears, smiles, and memories. Like Dipendra, Nirajan was revered as a demi-god in Nepal. Birendra arrives in London to start school at Eton, ... during the wedding of king Birendra and Queen Aishwarya King Birendra and Queen Aaishwarya of Nepal accompanied by H.R.H. 1)", in, Garzilli, Enrica, "Strage a palazzo, movimento dei Maoisti e crisi di governabilità in Nepal", in, Garzilli, Enrica, "A Sanskrit Letter Written by Sylvain Lévy in 1925 to Hemarāja Śarmā along with Some Hitherto Unknown Biographical Notes (Cultural Nationalism and Internationalism in the First Half of the 20th Century – Famous Indologists write to the Raj Guru of Nepal – No. • He was appointed as a British Field Marshal in 1980. While Dipendra lived, Gyanendra maintained that the deaths were the result of an "accidental discharge of an automatic weapon" within the royal palace. Prince Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev was born at the Narayanhiti Royal Palace, Kathmandu, on December 28 1945, the first son of six children of the then Crown Prince Mahendra and his … Crown Prince Dipendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev. : Famous Indologists Write to the Raj Guru of Nepal – no. Prince Nirajan, the crown prince's 22-year-old younger brother, who was shot dead, was at Eton at the same time as Prince William. The Crown Prince seemed really resentful and rageful towards his family holding grudges that aren't fully confirmed possibly because of those who feel fearful in explaining what occurred before the shooting rampage. Crown Prince Dipendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev was educated in Katmundu and in England’s prestigious Eton College, his father’s alma mater, earning a master’s in geography. The Crown Prince, who is in Pakistan on a week-long visit, holds talks today with Pakistan government officials on bilateral relations. Prince Dipendra also courted Supriya Shah, who was the granddaughter of Queen Mother Ratna's own sister. [citation needed] The Rana clan had served as the hereditary prime ministers of Nepal, with the title Maharaja, until 1951, and the two clans have a long history of inter-marriages. A government-appointed inquiry team named Crown Prince Dipendra as perpetrator of the massacre. Dipendra was proclaimed king while in a coma, but he died on 4 June 2001, after a three-day reign. https://www.idolnetworth.com/gyanendra-bir-bikram-shah-dev-net-worth-56084 Brother of Princess Shruti of Nepal and Prince Nirajan of Nepal. Another theory states that there was a higher possibility of Indian influence if he would be married to her, to which the palace objected. His Royal Highness Crown Prince Dipendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev (hereafter HRH the Crown Prince) arrived first at the venue of the gathering at Tribhuvan Sadan at 7.30 pm, it is confirmed by royal ADC Gajenda Bohara and waiters. The Crown Prince of Nepal with The Prince … Much controversy surrounds the circumstances of the massacre, and even today, with the monarchy abolished, many questions remain within Nepal about its cause. He died in hospital three days after the massacre without regaining consciousness. The Nepalese royal massacre occurred on 1 June 2001, at a house on the grounds of the Narayanhity Royal Palace, the residence of the Nepalese monarchy. He shot and killed his father, King Birendra, his mother, Queen Aishwarya, and seven other members of the royal family – including his younger brother and sister – before shooting himself in the head. [1] Dipendra slipped into a coma after shooting himself. "According to the 2046 (1990) Constitution of Nepal and the laws of succession and according to the grand traditions we declare that his majesty's eldest son, Crown Prince Dipendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev, will be the king of Nepal as of the evening of 19 Jestha 2058." 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