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KATHMANDU, NEPAL: King Gyanendra (C) and Queen Komal (R) of Nepal acknowledge greetings from the country's dignitaries before their departure for Jakarta, at the Tribhuvan International Airport, in Kathmandu 20 April 2005. King Gyanendra is scheduled to address the Asian-African Summit in Jakarta on 22 April 2005. King Gyanendra's participation at the summit would be his first in an international forum since he took over direct power and imposed a state of emergency in Nepal on 01 February. AFP


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mybags said:
Crown Princess Himani reminds one of Princess Alexandra of Denmark in a way.
Yes, especially her smile. She also reminds me of Datin Faezah of Brunei. CP Himani is certainly pretty.
iseestudio said:
I was wondering if they put eyeliner on the little Princess Purnika's face or it is her natural look. Or is it the culture to emphasize eyes even for little girls?
I think it is kohl. I'm not familiar with the Nepalese culture but I've seen toddlers in Pakistani magazines sport the same "smokey-eye" kinda look. :D I think this custom extends to some Arab countries as well.
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Nepalese King Gyanendra is accompanied by his wife Queen Komal as he arrives at a tea reception in honour of his 59th birthday in Kathmandu, 06 July 2005. Gyanendra dissolved parliament and took power in the Himalayan Kingdom 01 February, leaving him as the head of a Council of Ministers and leaving the country without Parliament and Prime Minister


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Crown Prince, Princess arrive in Tokyo
21st century belongs to multiparty democracy: Crown Prince
King Gyanendra celebrates his 59th birthday
Nepal king parties as nation yearns for peace
King graces reception
Strengthen either monarchy or democracy, not both: Dr. Giri
King should give up post of chairman: Thapa
Nation without king unimaginable: Bista
Crown Prince and Princess in Hong Kong
Crown Prince and Princess leave for Japan
FM to broadcast news about King’s birthday
Nepalese crown prince to visit Japan 4 July
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Nepalese Crown Prince Paras Bir Bikram Shah Dev and his wife Crown Princess Himani Rajya Laxmi Devi Shah visit the Nepalese Pavillion at the 2005 World Exposition during the Nepalese National Day on July 7, 2005 in Nagakute, Aichi Prefecture, Japan.


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Thank you mandyy and rchainho for the lovely pictures and the interesting articles .
King grants audience to Thapa
His Majesty King Gyanendra who is on an unofficial visit to the Eastern Region granted an audience to former Prime Minister and chairman of Rastriya Janashakti Party (RJP) Surya Bahadur Thapa in Dhankuta Saturday.
Thapa flew to Dhankuta, his hometown, by a chartered helicopter to ‘welcome’ the monarch who was there Saturday afternoon. Reports said the King granted Thapa a brief audience.
HRH Princess ****asma opens art exhibition
KATHMANDU, Aug. 6: Her Royal Highness Princess ****asma Rajya Laxmi Devi Shah inaugurated a group art exhibition, organised on the occasion of the auspicious birthday of His Majesty the King, at a function here today.
HM King to address the UN next month
His Majesty King Gyanendra is expected to address the upcoming United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on September 16, a news report said.
A formal announcement to this effect is yet to be made.
Nepalese king expands his cabinet
Nepal king under fire over coup
Former US Senator Tom Daschle has launched a scathing attack on Nepal's king, who seized power in February.
King appoints Lamsal in JC
Crown Prince, Princess return home
King’s experiments have failed: Speaker Ranabhat
Crown Prince, Princess in Bangkok
Royal News Nepals Prince Paras Tour Bangkok
Crown Prince meets with South Korean president
Roh receives Nepalese crown prince to discuss ties
NRN Japan delegation meet Crown Prince and Princess
King Gyanendra expands his council of ministers
Nepali king reshuffles cabinet
Their Royal Highnesses grace reception

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Nepal king's offer of dialogue rebuffed
HRH Crown Prince gives away prizes, medals
King of Nepal opens 5th SAARC Information Ministers Conference
Nepali King ready for dialogue with political parties
King returns to capital
Storm in Nepali Congress over monarchy Himalayan News Service Kathmandu, August 28:
With the Nepali Congress general convention just two days away, today’s NC central committee meeting ended without reaching a consensus on the agenda of monarchy. It will continue tomorrow. The agenda, that will passed by the central committee during the meet, will be presented at the general convention.
Princess Prearana presents citizens’ award
HM King warns administrators of action
His Majesty King Gyanendra on Saturday warned that top administrative officials of the Mid-western Region would be subjected to stern departmental action should they fail to shift all regional government offices to Surkhet.
[font=Verdana,Arial]King Gyanendra visits Dang
[/font][font=Verdana,Arial]RSS [/font][font=Verdana,Arial][font=Verdana,Arial]TULSIPUR, [/font][font=Verdana,Arial]Aug 26 - [/font][font=Verdana,Arial]King Gyanendra has called on the people's representatives to comprehend the essence of the February 1 proclamation, which, the King said, was aimed at strengthening and giving maturity to democracy and at eliminating terrorism. [/font][/font]

Nepali King hopes guerrillas to come to national mainstream printResizeButton(); Nepali King Gyanendra said Wednesday he hoped the guerrillas would come to the nation's mainstream if they had love for their nation, Radio Nepal reported Thursday. The king made the remark while granting a collective audience to the district development committee chairmen and vice chairmen of the five districts of Karnali Zone in mid-western Nepal.
King visits Kailali
Nepal king tours rebel areas after landmine blast
KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Maoist rebels blew up a police vehicle in western Nepal on Monday, killing four policemen, as King Gyanendra began a tour of an area further to the west, officials said.The Maoists, who have been fighting to replace the constitutional monarchy with a communist republic for the past nine years, set off a mine under the police vehicle near the town of Butwal, 300 km west of Kathmandu.
Colourful events mark Queen Mother's birthday

RSS KATHMANDU, Aug. 21: News reports have been received here from various parts of the country of a variety of programmes being organised yesterday to mark the 78th auspicious birthday of Her Majesty Queen Mother Ratna Rajya Laxmi Devi Shah and the 41st National Children’s Day.
Mysterious king divides Nepal
Enigma: Even his friends don't really understand him; his many enemies just want him gone. By Matthew McAllester Newsday
A crowd protests against King Gyanendra on Tuesday in Katmandu, Nepal. The king seized power in February, dismissing the government. (Binod Joshi/The Associated Press )
People of various professions and human rights activists protest against King Gyanendra in Katmandu, Nepal, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2005. King Gyanendra has seized power on Feb. 1 this year, dismissing the democratically elected government. (AP Photo/Binod Joshi) KATMANDU, Nepal - From the branch of a roadside tree in a village far from Nepal's capital swung a straw-filled, white cotton effigy of a man.
Queen Mother praised as children’s patron By Our Correspondent
KATHMANDU, Aug. 9: The 78th auspicious birthday of Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ratna Rajya Laxmi Devi Shah that coincides with the 41st Children’s Day will be marked starting August 19 for three days with different programmes across the nation.

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The Kings with the information ministers, 29-8-2005

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Nepali king expresses condolence over US hurricane disaster
Nepal party drops constitutional monarchy pledge
KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's largest political party on Thursday dropped a 60-year-old written pledge to uphold constitutional monarchy, seven months after King Gyanendra seized complete power in the impoverished Himalayan kingdom.
Seeing enemies everywhere
The palace is so fixated on the past it can’t see a future with a political party that has consistently stood for reconciliation with the monarchy. The Nepali Congress is still regarded by royal hardliners as the most resistant roadblock to a powerful kingship.
Indian leaders urge King to reinstate democracy
Crown Prince opens DNPWC silver jubilee function Personalities contributing to conservation honoured
KATHMANDU, Aug. 31: His Royal Highness Crown Prince Paras Bir Bikram Shah Dev inaugurated the silver jubilee function of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC) Wednesday. Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Himani Rajya Laxmi Devi Shah was also present at the function.
Monarchy risks writing itself out of Nepal’s future: ICG
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The King and Queen are on a trip from November 12 - December 2 that will take them to Bangladesh, Tunisia, Burundi, Nigeria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.
King Gyanendra of Nepal in Army uniform attends Army Day in Kathmandu, 26 February 2006. The King reviewed two recently-formed battalions and new military hardware in the capital as the army predicted victory against Moaist rebels.

#2: King Gyanendra of Nepal and Queen Komal
#3: Crown Prince Paras (L) and Princess Hemani

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#2-4: AP
#5: Reuters


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Crown Princess Himani with her daughter Purnika at Royal Nepal Golf course in Kathmandu, Nepal on Saturday, 11 March 2006. Her husband Crown Prince Paras, the only son of King Gyanendra, participates in the Pakistan Ambassadors Cup Golf Tournament. The seven political parties and maoists are demanding a Constituent Assembly which shall decide about the future of Monarchy

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Crown Prince Paras accompanied by Crown Princess Himani is embarking on a visit to Austria on the invitation of Federal Chancellor of the Republic of Austria, Wolfgang Schusel. Crown Prince Paras is scheduled to address a programme to be organised at Zoo Schonbrunn on 22 March

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Photos from July of 2005
South Korean President Roh Moo-Hyun poses with Nepalese Crown Prince Paras Bir Bikram Shah Dev and Crown Princess Himani Rajya Laxmi Devi Shah at the presidential house on July 15, 2005 in Seoul, South Korea. Nepalese Crown Prince Paras is in Seoul on a four day visit.
From Getty images

Nepal King calls for general elections

Friday, April 14, 2006 (Kathmandu):

Nepal's King Gyanendra has promised general elections in the Himalayan kingdom next year.

The move is being seen as the first step towards restoring democracy in a country that has witnessed nothing but violence over the last year.

It is also being considered a victory of sorts for students, activists and the seven-party opposition alliance in the country that has been fighting for democracy.
Nepal's Monarchy in Crisis

Boy for girl in royal tragedy
April 13, 2006
Poornima Joshi...Devyani Rana, whose name must figure in any mention of the Kathmandu palace massacre, is ready to get married.

...Five years after Crown Prince Dipendra, said to be driven by love for Devyani, killed the king and queen and five other members of his family in an incident that shocked the world...

...Devyani, who belongs to the Rana clan that ruled Nepal till 1951, also has Congress connections. The late Madhavrao Scindia was her mother Usharaje’s younger brother.
Nepal parties reject king's offer

Nepal's main political parties have rejected an offer by King Gyanendra to participate in talks which the king says could pave the way for elections.

Nepalis describe protest chaos

Violent clashes between police and anti-monarchy protesters are continuing across Nepal as thousands of people defy the curfew.

King Gyanendra, it's time to bow down
By Dhruba Adhikary

...King Gyanedra, who ascended the throne in the aftermath of a mysterious palace bloodbath in June 2001, which took the life of Birendra, initially said that he wanted to play a "constructive role" in the political sphere.

After a coup attempt 14 months ago, he unveiled a roadmap he said would put Nepal on track to democracy in three years. His subsequent steps, however, went in the opposite direction, and his ambition to appear to be the head of a powerful monarchy led him to where he is now.

The formation of an all-party interim government would be a good start.
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Quite the serious issue.

If HM the King cannot come to be seen as a uniting figure instead of the power hungry autocrat, then another coup d'état shall no doubt be viewed as the likely & only alternative, in which case the Nepalese monarchy may, some time very soon, find itself associating greatly with its deposed counterparts.

And considering the last overthrow from constitutional to absolutism was executed in 2005...Its looking pretty gloomy.

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Nepal's Devyani Rana, once the girlfriend of crown prince Dipendra who shot dead nine members of his family and himself in a spectacular regicide in 2001, will marry into an Indian political dynasty, reports said

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Margrethe II said:
Quite the serious issue.

If HM the King cannot come to be seen as a uniting figure instead of the power hungry autocrat, then another coup d'état shall no doubt be viewed as the likely & only alternative, in which case the Nepalese monarchy may, some time very soon, find itself associating greatly with its deposed counterparts.

And considering the last overthrow from constitutional to absolutism was executed in 2005...Its looking pretty gloomy.


I sincerely the monarch would seriously consider & do what's best for the people, not himself. The Nepalese people has suffered enough from his regime.

ps. i hope i'm not too political, but this is as far as i could comment..
Unfortunately, the current monarch and his heir both seem to have very little concern for anything beyond their own agenda. If the monarchy in Nepal fails, it could be because there is no one suitable who can command the respect and admiration of the people (like King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother were able to do in England).

purple_platinum said:
I sincerely the monarch would seriously consider & do what's best for the people, not himself. The Nepalese people has suffered enough from his regime.

ps. i hope i'm not too political, but this is as far as i could comment..
Nepal's king caves in to opposition and calls for new prime minister

KATHMANDU (AFP) - Nepal's King Gyanendra caved in after two weeks of pro-democracy protests and asked the opposition to name a new prime minister in a speech to the nation

"We return the executive power of the country to the people," he said on state-owned Nepal televison on Friday.
"We request the seven-party alliance to recommend a name for the post of prime minister who will have the responsibility to run the government."

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King Gyanendra, right, swears in Girija Prasad Koirala, left, as prime minister during a ceremony at Narayanhiti Royal Palace in Kathmandu on Sunday, April 30, 2006. Koirala, president of Nepal's Congress Party, will lead a new all party government which is expected to resolve Nepal's ongoing political crisis

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