Queen Komal of Nepal

Queen Komal of Nepal

Infobox Monarch
name =Komal
title =Queen Consort of Nepal

caption =
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full name =Komal Rajya Laxmi Devi Shah
predecessor =Queen Aiswarya
successor =
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heir =
queen =
issue =Crown Prince Paras
Princess Prerana
consortreign =June 1, 2001 - May 28 2008
spouse =Gyanendra of Nepal
dynasty =House of Rana
date of birth =birth date and age|1951|18|2|mf=y
place of birth =Kathmandu, Nepal
date of death =
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Queen Komal Rajya Laxmi Devi Shah (born February 18, 1951) is the Queen consort of King Gyanendra of Nepal. She was the last Queen consort of Nepal before the Monarchy was abolished on May 28, 2008.


Queen Komal was born in Kathmandu into the Rana family, the daughter of Kendra Shumsher Jang Bahadur Rana (1927-1982) and his wife Shree Rajya Laxmi Rana (1928-2005).

Queen Komal's older sister Aiswarya was married to King Birendra of Nepal the brother of Gyanendra. Aiswarya was killed in the palace massacre on the 1 June 2001 which was carried out by her son Dipendra. Komal sustained bullet injuries as a result of the palace shooting and spent four weeks recovering in hospital. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/1410793.stm Nepal queen leaves hospital] ]

As a result of the massacre Komal's husband Gyanendra had succeeded to the throne following the deaths of King Birendra, Crown Prince Dipendra who had briefly succeeded him and Prince Nirajan meaning Komal became Queen of Nepal. Komal's younger sister Prekshya also married into the Shah dynasty marrying Gyanendra and Birendra's brother Prince Dhirendra who was killed in the palace massacre, Princess Prekshya was killed in a helicopter crash on November 12, 2001.

Queen Komal married Gyanendra on May 1 1970, they have two children.

*Crown Prince Paras (born 1971)
*Princess Prerana (born 1978)

Abolition of the monarchy

The Nepalese Parliament voted on 28 December as part of a peace deal with former Maoist rebels, 270-3 in favour of abolishing the monarchy. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7163034.stm Vote to abolish Nepal's monarchy] ]

On 28 May 2008, the monarchy was officially abolished, replaced by secular federal republic. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/7424302.stm BBC NEWS | World | South Asia | Nepal votes to abolish monarchy ] ]


External links

* [http://www.nepalmonarchy.gov.np/ Royal Court of Nepal]
* [http://www.4dw.net/royalark/Nepal/nepal.htm Royal Ark]

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