List of Kings of Lesotho
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List of Kings of Lesotho

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This page contains a list of paramount chiefs and kings of Lesotho

Contents

  • 1 Succession
  • 2 Kings/Paramount Chiefs of Lesotho Basutoland, 1822–1966
  • 3 Kings of Lesotho 1966–present
  • 4 Royal Standards
  • 5 See also

Succession

The Succession to the throne of Lesotho is laid down in Chapter V of the African kingdom's constitution The current King is Letsie III

Chapter V Article 45 of Lesotho's constitution reads that:

1 The College of Chiefs may at any time designate, in accordance with the customary law of Lesotho, the person or the persons, in order of prior right who are entitled to succeed to the office of King upon the death of the holder of, or the occurrence of any vacancy in, that office and if on such death or vacancy, there is a person who has previously been designated in pursuance of this section and who is capable under the customary law of Lesotho of succeeding to that office, that person or, if there is more than one such person, that one of them who has been designated as having the first right to succeed to the office shall become King 2 If, on the death of the holder of, or the occurrence of any vacancy in, the office of King, there is no person who becomes King under subsection 1, the College of Chiefs shall, with all practical speed and in accordance with the customary law of Lesotho, proceed to designate a person to succeed to the office of King and the person so designated shall thereupon become King

Kings/Paramount Chiefs of Lesotho Basutoland, 1822–1966

  • Moshoeshoe I: 1822 – 18 January 1870
  • Letsie I: 18 January 1870 – 20 November 1891
  • Lerotholi Letsie: 20 November 1891 – 19 August 1905
  • Letsie II: 21 August 1905 – 28 January 1913
  • Nathaniel Griffith Lerotholi: 11 April 1913 – July 1939
  • Simon Seeiso Griffith: 3 August 1939 – 26 December 1940
    • Gabasheane Masupha regent: 26 December 1940 – 28 January 1941
    • Mantsebo Amelia 'Matsaba regent: 28 January 1941 – 12 March 1960
  • Moshoeshoe II: 12 March 1960 – 4 October 1966

Kings of Lesotho 1966–present

Name
Lifespan
Reign start
Reign end
Notes
Family
Image
Moshoeshoe II
1st reign
1938-05-022 May 1938 – 15 January 19961996-01-15 aged 57 4 October 1966 12 November 1990
deposed
Son of Simon Seeiso Griffith House of Moshoeshoe
Letsie III
1st reign
1963-07-17 17 July 1963 age 53 12 November 1990 25 January 1995
abdicated
Son of Moshoeshoe II House of Moshoeshoe
Moshoeshoe II
2nd reign
1938-05-022 May 1938 – 15 January 19961996-01-15 aged 57 25 January 1995 15 January 1996 Son of Simon Seeiso Griffith House of Moshoeshoe
Letsie III
2nd reign
1963-07-17 17 July 1963 age 53 7 February 1996 Incumbent Son of Moshoeshoe II House of Moshoeshoe

Royal Standards

See also

  • Line of succession to the Lesotho throne
  • List of Prime Ministers of Lesotho
  • Lists of office-holders

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