Few notable families capture our attention and affection quite like royal families. We obsess over unions such as Prince William’s marriage to Kate Middleton, we’re stunned when one abdicates like Emperor Akihito, and we’re fascinated when they’re executed like the Romanov family.

It’s no wonder that we’re totally hooked on Game of Thrones when we’ve got such captivating real-life royal drama.

Over fifteen years ago, Nepal experienced its own little “game of thrones.” A dispute between love and duty came to a head when the crown prince decided to take his rage out on his father, the King of Nepal, and nine other members of the Nepalese royal family.


On June 1, 2001, at 7:30pm, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Dipendra arrived at a regularly scheduled family gathering. While he plays billiards alone, he begins to drink Famous Grouse whiskey.

Half an hour later, he escorts the Queen Mother to a nearby room where she stopped and spoke to Princess Helen Shah. Shortly after that, he calls an aide to get “a special kind of cigarette prepared with a mixture of hashish and another unnamed black substance as per an order.”

As the night progresses, several people in attendance notice that the Crown Prince is “swaying, unable to hold himself upright.” Because of his inappropriate and embarrassing behavior, his father, King Birendra, tells him to leave the party. He is then lead to his room by his aides and tells his fiancé, Devyani Rana, that he’s going to go to sleep.

The Crown Prince, however, is not going to bed. Instead, he dresses in army fatigues: black army boots, camouflage jacket and pants, black leather gloves, black stockings, and a camo vest. He stepped outside of his bed chamber carrying weapons: a Colt M16A2 rifle, an H&K MP5K 9mm submachine gun, a Franchi SPAS-12 shotgun, and a Glock 19 9mm pistol.


Then the Crown Prince returned, fully armed. He entered the billiard room, pulled out the shotgun, and shot his father. While aides and family gathered around the wounded king, the Crown Prince’s uncle, former Prince Dhirendra, tried to calm him. Instead, the Crown Prince shot him in the chest a point-blank range.

The Crown Prince let loose after that. In less than an hour, the heir to the Nepalese throne massacred nine members of the royal family: Princess Jayanti, Kumar Khadga, Princess Sharada, Princess Shanti, (Prince) Dhirendra, Princess Shruti, Prince Nirajan, his mother Queen Aishwarya, and his father, King Birendra of Nepal.

Once finished, the Crown Prince stepped onto a small bridge over a trickling stream that ran through the palace gardens, and he shot himself six times.

While lying in the hospital in a coma, Prince Dipendra was proclaimed king. Prince Gyanedra made the claim that there had been an “accidental discharge of an automatic weapon,” which led directly to the deaths that evening. Due to “legal and constitutional hurdles,” Gyanedra was unable to accuse the now-king of murder.

On June 4th, after a three-day reign, Dipendra died. Gyanendra was then proclaimed the new king of Nepal.

It was his family’s opposition to his engagement with Rana that led to Prince Dipendra to descend into a drunken rage. It was the first chip away at the Nepalese royal family’s credibility, eventually leading to the downfall of the royal clan and the Nepalese monarchy in general.

Diprendra’s funeral was one “executed with full honors,” one certainly fit for a king. No one attended.