List of monarchs of Lesotho

This article list the monarchs of Lesotho (also known as Basutoland until 1966).

King of Lesotho
Marena a Lesotho
Coat of arms of Lesotho
Incumbent
Letsie III
Letsie III
since 7 February 1996
Details
StyleHis Majesty
Heir apparentLerotholi Seeiso
First monarchMoshoeshoe I (as paramount chief)
Formation1822
ResidenceRoyal Palace, Maseru

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)

Kings of Lesotho (1966–present)

NameLifespanReign startReign endNotesFamilyImage
Moshoeshoe II
(1st reign)
2 May 1938 – 15 January 1996 (aged 57)4 October 196612 November 1990
(deposed)
Son of Simon Seeiso GriffithHouse of MoshoeshoeMoshoeshoe II van Lesotho
Letsie III
(1st reign)
17 July 1963 (age 55)12 November 199025 January 1995
(abdicated)
Son of Moshoeshoe IIHouse of MoshoeshoeLetsie III
Moshoeshoe II
(2nd reign)
2 May 1938 – 15 January 1996 (aged 57)25 January 199515 January 1996Son of Simon Seeiso GriffithHouse of MoshoeshoeMoshoeshoe II van Lesotho
Letsie III
(2nd reign)
17 July 1963 (age 55)7 February 1996IncumbentSon of Moshoeshoe IIHouse of MoshoeshoeLetsie III

Royal Standards

Royal Standard of Lesotho (1966-1987)

Royal Standard of Lesotho 1966–1987.

Royal Standard of Lesotho (1987-2006)

Royal Standard of Lesotho 1987–2006.

Royal Standard of Lesotho

Royal Standard of Lesotho from October 4, 2006.

See also

List of Prime Ministers of Lesotho

This is a list of Prime Ministers of Lesotho since the formation of the post of Prime Minister of Lesotho in 1965, to the present day.

A total of five people have served as Prime Minister of Lesotho (not counting one Acting Prime Ministers and two Chairmen of the Military Council). Additionally, three persons, Ntsu Mokhehle, Pakalitha Mosisili and Tom Thabane, have served on two non-consecutive occasions.

The current Prime Minister of Lesotho is Tom Thabane, since 16 June 2017.

List of ambassadors of China to Lesotho

The Chinese ambassador in Maseru is the official representative of the Government in Beijing to the Government of Lesotho.

In 1966, Lesotho became independence.

From October 31, 1966 to May 14, 1983 and from April 5, 1990 to December 24, 1993 the governments of Taipei (Republic of China) and Maseru maintained diplomatic relations.

From April 30, 1983 to April 7, 1990 the governments in Beijing and Maseru maintained diplomatic relations.

Since January 12, 1994 the governments in Beijing and Maseru maintain diplomatic relations.

List of ambassadors of Lesotho to the United States

The Mosotho ambassador in Washington, D. C. is the official representative of the Government in Maseru to the Government of the United States.

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