NEPAL: The Young King

"I shall probably never return," said Nepal's ailing, 48-year-old King Tribhubana when he left his 8,500,000 Nepalese subjects last October to seek medical treatment in Europe. Last week, when Tribhubana died of a coronary occlusion in Zurich, the gloomy prophecy was fulfilled. Accompanied by his youngest son and the two Queens he had married when he was only 13, the King's body was brought home to Katmandu, the capital high in the Himalayas where he was crowned at the age of five.

Despite his long reign, Nepal's late King had actually ruled over his country for only a few...

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