Queen Ratna of Nepal

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Queen Ratna
Presley & Mahendra (1).jpg
Elvis Presley with Queen Ratna and King Mahendra, Los Angeles, 1960
Queen consort of Nepal
Reign 13 March 1955 – 31 January 1972
Predecessor Kanti
Successor Aishwarya
Spouse Mahendra of Nepal
Full name
Ratna Rajya Laxmi Devi Shah
House Rana dynasty (by birth)
Shah dynasty (by marriage)
Father Hari Shamsher Jang Bahadur Rana
Mother Megha Kumari Rajya Laxmi
Born (1928-08-19) 19 August 1928 (age 86)
Kathmandu, Nepal
Religion Hinduism
Nepalese Royal Family

HM The King
HM The Queen


HM The Queen Mother

  • HRH Princess Shova
    • HRH Princess Puja
    • HRH Princess Dilasha
    • HRH Princess Sitashma

HRH Princess Jyotshana

Ratna Rajya Laxmi Devi Shah (born 19 August 1928) was Queen consort of Nepal from 1955 to 1972 and Queen Mother from 1972 to 2008 when the royal family were stripped of all titles and privileges. She was technically the Grand Queen Mother[citation needed] of Nepal for three days following the Nepalese royal massacre in 2001.

She is the second wife of King Mahendra of Nepal (1920–1972). Queen Ratna belongs to the aristocratic Rana family and is the daughter of Late Honorary General Hari Shamsher Jang Bahadur Rana and his wife, Megha Kumari Rajya Laxmi.

Life[edit]

Ratna's older sister Indra had married Crown Prince Mahendra in 1940 but died in 1950. Two years later, Ratna married Mahendra. There were no children by this marriage; Mahendra already had three sons and three daughters by Indra. She became Queen Consort after Mahendra's father King Tribhuvan died in 1955.

In 1972 Mahendra suffered a fatal heart attack while hunting in Chitwan National Park. Ratna thereby became Queen Mother.

Public work[edit]

  • Colonel in Chief Corps of Artillery 02/05/1956.[1]
  • Nepal Children’s Organisation (Bal Mandir).[2]

The former Queen Mother was famous for her social work helping children in Nepal. The Nepalese monarchy was abolished in 2008 after the Constituent Assembly election.[3]

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 1928 – 1952: Lady Ratna Rajya Lakshmi Devi
  • 1952 – 1955: Her Royal Highness The Crown Princess of Nepal
  • 1955 – 1972: Her Majesty The Queen of Nepal
  • 1972 – 2001: Her Majesty The Queen Mother of Nepal
  • 1–4 June 2001: Her Majesty The Queen Grandmother of Nepal[citation needed]
  • 4 June 2001 – 2008: Her Majesty The Queen Mother of Nepal
  • 2008 – present: Her Majesty Queen Ratna of Nepal (titular)

Honours[edit]

National honours[edit]

  • Nepal Pratap Bhaskara.
  • Order of Ojaswi Rajanya.
  • Tribhuvan Order of the Footprint of Democracy (02/05/1956).
  • Order of the Footprint of Nepal (16/12/1962).
  • Ati-Suvikhyata Sewalankar Padaka Medal.
  • King Mahendra Investiture Medal (02/05/1956).
  • King Birendra Investiture Medal (24/02/1975).
  • Commemorative Silver Jubilee Medal of King Birendra (31/01/1997).
  • King Gyanendra Investiture Medal (04/06/2001).

Foreign honours[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Kanti
Queen Consort of Nepal
1955–1972
Succeeded by
Aishwarya