NEPAL (Kingdom)

LOCATION: Asia (border with India) AREA: 145,040 km² REVENUE: Rs 150 lakhs (1911)POPULATION: 5,580,000 (1900) RELIGION: Hindu
TITLE: H.M. King (Maharajadhiraja) DYNASTY/LINEAGE: Shah SEAT: Kathmandu ANNEXATION: 11th June 2008

HM King GYANENDRA Bir Bikram Shah DevPRESENT HEAD OF HOUSE: HM King GYANENDRA Bir Bikram Shah Dev, 11th and last King of Nepal (2001/2008), Head of the Royal Family of Nepal since 2008.
born 7th July 1947, briefly King of Nepal 1950/1951, Regent of Nepal for three days in June 2001, educated at St Joseph's College in Darjeeling, India, and graduated from Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu in 1969; Member of the World Wildlife Fund since 1997, patron of the Britain-Nepal Society, Supreme Commander of the Royal Nepalese Army, patron of the Royal Nepal Academy, patron of the Royal Nepal Academy of Science and Technology, chair of the King Mahendra Trust for Nature Conservation, the Lumbini Development Fund, the Pashupati Area Development Fund and Chancellor of Tribhuvan University and Mahendra Sanskrit University, appointed Chairman of the Advisory Committee in 1975, Member of the state council in 1977, served as the member and chairman of the Royal Regent Council and Royal Representative Council, chairman of the editorial board of "Ram Jham,"  awards and decorations include, Sovereign of all Orders of the Kingdom of Nepal, Ati Suvikkyat Sewalankar, 1968; Subha Rajyabhishek Padaka, 1956; Bishesh Sewa Padaka, 1971; Subha Rajyabhishek Padaka, 1975; Tesro SAARC Shikhara Sammelan Smriti Padaka,1988; Gaddi Aarohan ko Rajat Mahotsav Padaka, 1971; Vishista Seva Padaka, 1999; The Grand Cross Order of the House of the Orange (The Netherlands), 1967; Nishan-e-Imtiaz (Pakistan), 1970; Grand Cordon of Yugoslav Flag, First Class (Yugoslavia), 1974; Order of Labour (Democratic People's Republic of Korea), Knight Grand Cordon of the Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant (Thailand), 1979; Grand Cross of the National Order of Merit (France), 1983; Knight Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George (G.C.M.G.) (United Kingdom), 1986; The Order of the Golden Arc (The Netherlands), 1986; Grand Gwanghwa Order of Diplomatic Service - Merit (Republic of Korea), 1987; Grand Cross Isabel La Catolica (Spain), 1987; The Grand Cross (Germany), 1996. He also writes lyrics under the pen-name G. Shah, married 1st May 1970 in Kathmandu, HM Queen Komal Rajya Laxmi Devi Shah, born 18th February 1951 in Kathmandu, (daughter of Lt.Gen. Shri Kendra Shumsher Jung Bahadur Rana), and has issue.
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: An independent state, situated on the north-eastern frontier of India. Under the Rana prime ministers there was a council, consisting of the relations of the king, the raj guru, the generals, and a few other officials known as kajis and sirdars and bhardars, which were consulted on all important business, and which formed a court of appeal for disputed cases from the courts of law. Rulers were... OTHER MEMBERS:
1. "Blood Against the Snows. The Tragic Story of Nepal's Royal Dynasty" by Jonathan Gregson, London: Fourth Estate, 2002; p.78
2. "Life Of Maharaja Sir Jung Bahadur GCB, GCSI Of Nepal" by General Pudma Jung Bahadar Rana. 1909
3. NOTE - File I B(S) Aug 1918 247-250 Selection of the two daughters of Rajkumar Arjun Singh of the house of Raja Anrup Singh of Chatara, Barhgaon, District Sitapur-Oudh, as brides for H.H. the Maharajadhiraj of Nepal - ref. IOR/R/1/1/840 - date: 1918