Dipendra of Nepal
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|Dipendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev|
Crown Prince Dipendra wearing Nepalese Daura Suruwal in 1998.
|King of Nepal|
|Reign||1–3 June 2001|
|Father||Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev|
|Mother||Aishwarya Rajya Laxmi Devi Shah|
27 June 1971|
Narayanhity Royal Palace, Kathmandu, Nepal
|Died||3 June 2001
King Birendra Military Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal
Dipendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev (27 June 1971 – 3 June 2001) was the thirteenth King of Nepal. He reigned from 1 to 3 June 2001 whilst in a coma following an incident in which he fatally shot his father (the reigning king) and other family members.
King Dipendra received his early education at Budhanilkantha School, Kathmandu. Later, he attended the Eton College in England. After Eton, he attended the Tribhuvan University in Nepal and later joined the Military Academy, Kharipati, Nepal. He studied Geography at Tribhuvan University for his master's degree and was a PhD student in the same University. He had military training from Academy of Royal Nepalese Gurkha Army, and piloting training from civil aviation Department.
Dipendra was interested in the fields of social service and had a keen enthusiasm for sports. He used to attend various national and international sports ceremonies where Nepalese players participated. Dipendra became a keen karateka when he was studying in England and had received black belt around age of twenty. He was a patron of the National Sports Council and Nepal's Scouts.
Dipendra also wrote articles that were published in Nepalese periodicals. His writings were often on the motifs of nationhood and nationality.
Motive for murder
Official reports state that Dipendra massacred his own family members including both his parents because of anger over a marriage dispute. Dipendra's choice of bride was Devyani Rana, daughter of Pashupati Shamsher Jang Bahadur Rana, a member of the Rana clan. According to the official account, Dipendra was denied his choice of a wife by his mother Queen Aishwarya, and so he massacred his family in a much-publicised incident after indulging in a drinking binge. Among the dead were his father King Birendra, mother, brother, and sister. Dipendra survived comatose for three days, and was proclaimed King in his hospital bed. He died of his injuries on 3 June, after a three-day reign, and was succeeded by Prince Gyanendra.
- National Honours
- Sovereign of the Order of Nepal Pratap Bhaskara
- Sovereign of the Order of Ojaswi Rajanya
- Sovereign of the Order of Nepal Taradisha
- Sovereign of the Order of Tri Shakti Patta
- Sovereign of the Order of Gorkha Dakshina Bahu
- Most Glorious Mahendra Chain
- King Birendra Investiture Medal (24/02/1975)
- Commemorative Silver Jubilee Medal of King Birendra (31/01/1997)
- Foreign Honours
- Denmark : Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Dannebrog (17/10/1989)
- Germany : Knight Grand Cross Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (1997)
- Japan : Knight Grand Cordon of the Order of the Chrysanthemum (12/04/2001)
|Ancestors of Dipendra of Nepal|
- Murder and intrigue in Katmandu (World Tibet News Network)
- Trapped in tradition (Frontline:India's National Magazine)
Dipendra of NepalBorn: 27 June 1971 Died: 3 June 2001
|King of Nepal
1–4 June 2001
|Crown Prince of Nepal
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