The Royal Massacre took place 20 years ago today. On the night of June 1, 2001, a massacre took place within the Narayanhiti palace, which included the then-King Birendra Shah.
The massacre claimed the lives of the King, Queen Aishwarya, Prince Dipendra, Princess Shruti, and Prince Nirajan Shah. More than a dozen members of the court and family perished in the attack.
The assassination of a member of the royal family, including the country’s king, at a sensitive location like the royal palace, which was heavily guarded, remains a mystery. Even though the investigating committee decided that Yuvaraj Dipendra murdered all of his family members before killing himself by shooting himself in the head, the public still does not believe this.
Because of his liberal reputation, King Birendra was immensely popular among the people. After his assassination, his brother gained the throne, although he could not keep Nepal’s monarchy for long.
One side claims that the Royal Massacre marked the end of Nepal’s monarchy and sowed the seeds of the republic. The monarchy came to an end on May 28, 2008, just seven years after he became king. Gyanendra is the last of Nepal’s Shah dynasty kings.