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Monday, 4 June, 2001, 11:25 GMT 12:25 UK
King Gyanendra's address: Full text
King Gyanendra
King Gyanendra promised to investigate the deaths
The text of King Gyanendra's first address to the nation as monarch, carried by Nepalnews.com website on 4 June 2001.

Beloved citizens, I am extremely saddened to tell you that His Majesty King Dipendra is no more with us.

In his tenure as king, we as prince regent had addressed you earlier.

In that address, we had referred to the tragic incident at the royal palace on Friday 19 Jestha 2058 (1 June 2001), but there were constitutional and legal difficulties in expressing what had actually transpired.

Now that the situation has changed, we will make an investigation into the incident and urgently let the beloved citizens know the outcome.

We are convinced that all Nepalis must be solemn and united in living through these tragic times.

May Lord Pashupatinath bless us all. Jaya Nepal.

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