Esther Kamatari

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Esther Kamatari
Princess of Burundi
Princess Esther Kamatari.jpg
Esther Kamatari in 2009.
Born (1951-11-30) 30 November 1951 (age 66)[1]
Bujumbura, Burundi
Spouse Peter Bassez
Gilles Herbulot
Issue from first marriage:
Frédérique Bassez Kamatari
from second marriage:
Jade Herbulot Kamatari
Arthur Herbulot Kamatari
House Ntwero
Father Prince Ignace Kamatari
Mother Agrippine
Occupation model, writer, artist

Princess Esther Kamatari (born on 30 November 1951 in Bujumbura)[2] is a writer, model, and exiled Burundian princess.[3]


Esther Kamatari grew up in Burundi as a member of the royal family. She was educated at l'Ecole Nationale d'Administration du Burundi. Following independence in 1962, the king was overthrown in a military coup d'état, and the monarchy abolished in 1966. Kamatari fled the country in 1970 after her father's assassination and settled in Paris, where she became a model. An attempt to re-establish the kingdom ended with the murder of King Ntare V in 1972.

Burundi's post-independence history has been dominated by tensions between the Hutu majority and the Tutsi minority. The civil war of the 1990s in Burundi and conflicts with neighbouring countries and the plight of thousands of child-victims of war led her to become involved with the Association of the People of Burundi in France. In Burundi she is known for her humanitarian work.

A peace brokered by South Africa has made elections possible in Burundi, and Esther Kamatari and her Abahuza party, which means "bringing people together," will run on the platform of restoration of the monarchy.

Marriage and children[edit]

Esther is married to a French man named Gilles. He is a doctor. They have two children, Jade and Arthur. Esther already had a daughter, Frédérique, from a previous relationship.


  • President of Burundian Association en France (since 1990).[4]


Foreign honours


  • Kamatari, E. and Renault, M. 2001. Princesse des Rugo, mon histoire. Bayard, ISBN 2-227-13914-5



  1. ^ Esther Kamatari et Marie Renault, Princesse des Rugo. Mon histoire, Bayard, Paris, 2001, p. 16.
  2. ^ Genealogy
  3. ^ Royal Bridges
  4. ^ Royal Ark
  5. ^ Royal Ark

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