(The Kingdom of Eswatini)
Mswati III (Makhosetive) King of Swaziland (Raleigh Fitkin Memorial Hospital, Swaziland, April 19th, 1968).
Son of King Sobhuza II (1938-1996) and Ntombi laTfwala (ca. 1950) - the present Ndlovukazi.
Succeeds his father King Sobhuza II (1899-August 21st, 1982).
April 25th, 1986.
Siyinqaba (We are the fortress).
(list might be incomplete) - the wives are titled "Inkhosikati":
1. (Queen) LaMatsebula - ritual wife.
2. LaMotsa - ritual wife
3. (1986) LaMbikiza (1969) née Sibonelo Mngomezulu
4. (1987) LaNgangaza née Carol Dlamini (1970/71)
5. LaHwala née Putsoana Hwala (ca. 1974) - left the king in 2004
6. LaMagwaza née Delisa Magwaza (ca. 1974) - left the king in 2004
7. (2000) LaMasango née Senteni Masango (ca. 1981)
8. (1998) LaGija née Angel Dlamini (ca. 1979)
9. (2002) LaMagongo née Nontsetselo Magongo (ca. 1984)
10. (2002) LaMahlangu née Zena Soraya Mahlangu (1984)
11. (2005) LaNtentesa née Noliqhwa Ayanda Ntentesa (1981)
12. (2005) LaDube née Nothando Dube (1988?)
13. (2007) LaNkambule née Phindile Nkambule
(bride 2007) Colile Nosipho Magagula "Titi" (1989)
(bride 2013) Sindiswa Dlamini
Children (list might be incomplete):
(by 1) Prince Sicalo Dlamini
(by 1) Prince Maveletiveni Dlamini
(by 2) Prince Majahonkhe Dlamini (1991)
(by 2) Prince Buhlebenkhosi Dlamini
(by 2) Prince Lusuku Dlamini
(by 3) Princess Sikhanyiso Dlamini (1987)
(by 3) Prince Lindaninkosi "Lindani" Dlamini (1989)
(by 4) Princess Temaswati Dlamini (1988)
(by 4) Princess Tiyandza Dlamini (1992)
(by 4) Princess Tebukhosi Dlamini (1994)
(by 5) Princess Sibahle Dlamini
(by 5) Prince Bandzile Dlamini (1990)
(by 5) Princess Temashayina Dlamini (1994)
(by 6) Princess Temtsimba Dlamini (1992)
(by 6) Princess Sakhizwe Dlamini (1999)
(by 7) Princess Sentelweyinhosi Dlamini (2000)
(by 7) Princess Sibusezweni Dlamini (2003)
(by 8) Princess Yenziwe Dlamini (2003)
(by 9) Prince Mcwasho Dlamini (2002)
(by 10) Prince Saziwangaye Dlamini (2004)
(by 12) Princess Makhosothando Dlamini (2005)
(by 12) Prince Betive Dlamini (2007)
(by 12) child (2009)
(by 13) Princess Buhlebetive Dlamini (2007)
The King (iNgewenyama) is a symbol of unity and the eternity of the Swazi nation. The succession to the throne is hereditary. The crown prince, or Umntfwana, can only accede the throne when he has reached the age of eighteen years. The King traditionally must reign together with his mother, the Ndlovukazi. The Ndlovukazi is acting as Queen Regent in case of absence from Swaziland or any other cause of unability of the king to perform his functions. The Ndluovukazi is assisted and advised by the Umntfwanenkhosi Lomkhulu-in-Libandla (senior prince), who heads the king's advisory council.
The first two wives of a Swazi king are chosen for him by the national councillors. These two wives have special functions in rituals and their sons can never claim kingship. The first wife must be a member of the Matsebula clan, the second of the Motsa clan. A king can only marry his fiancées after they have become pregnant. Until then they are brides (liphovela). The King is expected to marry a woman from every clan in order to cement relationships with each part of Swaziland. The wives are often chosen at the traditional yearly reed dance (Umhlanga). He can thus have many wives. The King's successor can only be appointed by a special traditional council, Liqoqo, and can not be chosen by the King himself. The Liqoqo also decides which wife will be the Indlovukazi. Her son will automatically become the next king. The Indlovukazi has to be of good standing and can't be a Nkosi-Dlamini or a ritual wife. She preferably has only one son.
The King's Office
P.O. Box 1
Kingdom of swaziland
There are two royal residences, the one of the king and the one of the Ndlovukazi. The residence of the king is the administrative headquarters. The residence of the Ndlovukazi (umphakatsi) is the national capital and the spiritual and ceremonial home of the nation. Here the important national events take place.
According to its constitution Swaziland is a unitary, sovereign, democratic Kingdom. According to international standards the country is an absolute monarchy. Swaziland was a British protectorate from 1902 to 1968. It became an independent country on September 6th, 1968. Swaziland is a member of the Commonwealth.
The founder of the royal family is Dlamini I, who is the first known King of Swaziland. He was a member of the Bembo-Nguni tribe that left the Cape to explore the region which is now Swaziland in 1723. He was succeeded by (among others) Mswati I, Ngwane II, Dlamini II, Nkosi II, Mavuso I, Magudulela, Ludvonga, Dlamini III, Ngwane III, Ndvungunye, Sobhuza I, Mswati II, Ludvonga II, Mbandzeni, Ngwane V, Sobhuza II and Mswati III. King Sobhuza II died in 1982, after a nominal reign of 82 years and 9 months (of which 21 years unter regency). Sobhuza's widow Queen Dzeliwe became regent of Swaziland, as there was no king selected yet. She was placed under house arrest in 1983. Prince Sozisa Dlamini gained power for nine days. Then Ntombi laTfwala became regent, and shortly afterwards her son Mswati III was selected as crown prince. He became king as soon as he had turned 18 years old. Ntombi laTfwala then became the Indlovukazi.