Coronation of King Birendra and Queen Aishwarya of Nepal on this day in 1975, which started with a ritual bathing ceremony which led to the crowning with the Emerald Crown and the Nepalese Diamond Tiara at an auspicious 8:37 a.m in the Temple of the Hanuman Dhoka Palace, followed by a Procession on Elephants through the streets of Kathmandu. King Birendra and Queen Aishwarya were killed with 10 other members of the Nepalese Royal family in 2001, by their eldest son, Crown Prince Dipendra. The Nepalese monarchy, the last surviving Hindu Kingdom, was abolished in 2008.
Royal Guests included the Prince of Wales, Crown Prince Akihito and Crown Princess Michiko of Japan, Crown Prince Vong Savang of Laos, Prince Henrik of Denmark, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester (wearing the Gloucester Necklace Tiara), Prince Bhanubandhu Yugala of Thailand, Prince Gholam Reza Pahlavi and Princess Manijeh of Iran, Princess Dechen Wangmo Wangchuck of Bhutan, Lord Mountbatten, Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, the Chogyal Palden Thondup Namgyal of Sikkim, Tengku Ahmad Rithauddeen Tengku Ismail of Kelantan, Raja Jigme Prabal Bista of Mustang, Maharaja Madhavra Scindia and Maharani Madhavi Raje Sahib Scindia of Gwailor, and First Lady Imelda Marcos of the Philippines.
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