Nepal puts royal crown on display

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Photo shows the royal crown used by former monarchs of Nepal unveiled to the public at the Narayanhiti Palace Museum in Kathmandu for the first time in 10 years on Oct. 15, 2018. Xinhua

KATHMANDU (Xinhua) – After 10 years of abolition of monarchy from Nepal, the royal crown, used by former monarchs, has been kept in public display for the first time.

Amid a special ceremony, held in the Narayanhiti Palace Museum,here, on Monday, Nepali Prime Minister, KP Sharma Oli, unveiled the royal crown, one of the most important symbols of monarchy, used by kings for hundreds of years.

The exhibits included the crown, sceptre, tiara and the sword used by former royal families, exactly a decade after Nepal was declared as a federal republic.

Addressing the ceremony, the Prime Minister said that, the crown reflects the change in political system of Nepal and the rich history of the country.

“The palace museum will be developed as a history museum, that not just reflects about monarchy, but also different dynasties and periods of Nepal, culture and diversity,” he said.

The crown consists of 730 pieces of diamonds, over 2,000 pearls, studded with precious ruby and other gems and stones.

There is also no exact data about when and where the crown was made. The royal palace was converted into a museum after the abolition of 239-year-old monarchy and departure of the last King of the Shah Dynasty, Gyanendra Shah from the palace in 2008.

Although the museum was open for public from 2009, some of the priceless items, including the crown were not put for public display, due to security reasons. Now, the spectacular crown has been kept inside a special bullet-proof glass box.

Among 52 chambers in the palace, only 19 have been opened for public observation, so far, while the government has expressed its commitment to open up all soon.

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