Queen Komal of Nepal

Komal Rajya Lakshmi Devi Shah (born 18 February 1951) is the wife of King Gyanendra of Nepal. She was the last Queen consort of Nepal before the Monarchy was abolished on 28 May 2008.

Queen consort of Nepal
Tenure4 June 2001 – 28 May 2008
Coronation4 June 2001
Born (1951-02-18) 18 February 1951 (age 69)
Bagmati, Kathmandu, Nepal
MonarchKing Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah
IssueCrown Prince Paras
Princess Prerana
Full name
Komal Rajya Lakshmi Devi Shah
HouseRana (by birth)
Shah (by marriage)
FatherKendra Shumsher Jang Bahadur Rana
MotherShree Rajya Lakshmi Devi Shah


Queen Komal was born in Bagmati, Kathmandu into the Rana family, the daughter of Kendra Shumsher Jang Bahadur Rana (1927–1982) and his wife Shree Rajya Lakshmi Devi Shah (1928–2005).[citation needed] Queen Komal's older sister Aishwarya was married to King Birendra of Nepal, the brother of Gyanendra. Aishwarya was killed in the palace massacre on 1 June 2001. Komal sustained bullet injuries as a result of the palace shooting and spent four weeks recovering in hospital.[1]

She was educated at St Mary's School, Jawalakhel, St Helen's Convent, Kurseong, India and Kalanidhi Sangeet Mahavidhyalaya, Kathmandu.

As a result of the massacre, Komal's husband Gyanendra succeeded to the throne following the deaths of King Birendra, Crown Prince Dipendra (who had briefly succeeded him), and Prince Nirajan. Komal thus became Queen of Nepal.[citation needed]

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. They divorced in 1991.[2] Princess Prekshya was killed in a helicopter crash on 12 November 2001.

Queen Komal married her second cousin Prince Gyanendra of Nepal on 1 May 1970 in Kathmandu, and they have two children.

Abolition of the monarchyEdit

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.[3]

On 28 May 2008, the monarchy was officially abolished, replaced by secular federal republic.[4]


  • Member of the Raj Sabha (1977).
  • Patron Association of St Mary's Alumnae Nepal.
  • Chairman of the Pashupati Area Development Trust (PADT).
  • President of the SOS Children's Villages-Nepal (2001).


  • Lady Komal Rajya Lakshmi Rana (1951–1969).
  • HRH Princess Komal Rajya Lakshmi Devi Shah of Nepal (1969–2001).
  • HM The Queen of Nepal (Shree Panch Badamaharani) Komal Rajya Lakshmi Devi Shah (2001–2008).


National Honours
Arms of Komal as dame of the Order of Isabella the Catholic
Foreign Honours


  1. ^ Nepal queen leaves hospital
  2. ^ Genealogy
  3. ^ Vote to abolish Nepal's monarchy
  4. ^ BBC NEWS | World | South Asia | Nepal votes to abolish monarchy
  5. ^ "Bilateral Relations". Archived from the original on 18 October 2015. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
  6. ^ Boletín Oficial del Estado Archived 7 April 2014 at the Wayback Machine

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Royal titles
Preceded by
Queen Consort of Nepal
Title next held by
Monarchy Abolished