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Wednesday, 27 June, 2001, 19:22 GMT 20:22 UK
Nepal queen leaves hospital
Royal funeral in Nepal
The killings of the royals shocked Nepal
Nepal's new Queen has been discharged from hospital four weeks after sustaining bullet injuries in a palace shooting.

A palace statement said Queen Komal was discharged after doctors found her recovery satisfactory.

She was named queen after King Gynendra ascended the throne earlier this month following the murder of King Birendra, Queen Aishwarya and seven other members of the Nepalese royal family in a palace massacre.

An official report into the killings concluded that Crown Prince Dipendra, who later shot himself, was the lone gunman.

"Her majesty the queen is recovering and her health condition is quite good," state radio said quoting the palace.

Crown Prince Dipendra
An official report blamed Crown Prince Dipendra
Nepal's Prime Minister, Girija Prasad Koirala, and other officials, were present at the Birendra Military Hospital to greet Queen Komal as she left.

Three other members of the royal family are still recovering from the shooting.

They are Princess Shova, King Gyanendra's youngest sister, Kumar Gorakh Rana husband of the king's late niece Princess Shruti, and the king's cousin Ketaki Chester.

Palace massacre

Nepal is still coming to terms with the events of 1 June when Crown Prince Dipendra allegedly shot down his parents and other family members.

It is said the shootings followed an argument the prince had with the king and queen over his choice of bride.

An official report into the killings said that Prince Dipendra was intoxicated by a combination of alcohol and drugs when he carried out the shootings.

Despite the investigation panel's findings, many people in Nepal remain dissatisfied with the conclusions.


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