Hirut Desta

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Princess Hirut Desta
Princess of Ethiopia
Born (1930-04-20)20 April 1930
Ethiopian Empire
Died 2014 (aged 83-84)
Spouse General Nega Tegegn
Full name
Immabet Hiruta Mariam
House House of Solomon
Father Desta Damtew
Mother Princess Tenagnework
Religion Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo
Imperial Family of Ethiopia
Imperial coat of arms of Ethiopia (Haile Selassie).svg

HIH The Crown Prince

  • HIH Princess Lideta Zera Yacob

HIH Princess Ijigayehu

  • HIH Prince Samson Fikre Selassie
  • HIH Prince Bekere Fikre Selassie
  • HIH Princess Donna Fikre Selassie
  • HIH Prince Yisehaq Fikre Selassie
  • HIH Princess Rahel Fikre Selassie
  • HIH Princess Aster Fikre Selassie
  • HIH Princess Meheret Fikre Selassie

HIH Princess Maryam Senna
HIH Princess Sehin Azebe
HIH Princess Sifrash Bizu

Princess Hirut Desta (also Princess Ruth Desta)[1][2] was the daughter of Ras Desta Damtew and Princess Tenagnework Haile Selassie, and granddaughter of Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia.[3] She was the widow of General Nega Tegegn, who was governor of the provinces of Begemder and Semien. She was described by Nathaniel T. Kenney as a "trim, most democratic of princesses," who "was not above grabbing a tool from a workman, I suspect, and showing him how to use it."[4]

Princess Hirut was educated at the School of St Clare (renamed Bolitho School), Penzance, Cornwall, and Clarendon School, Abergele, North Wales.

She was imprisoned by the Dergue from 1974 until 1988. Princess Hirut Desta died in London aged 84 in 2014, and her funeral was conducted at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa.[5]


  • President of the Committee for the Restoration of the Churches of Lalibela.


National honours[edit]



  1. ^ "Princess Tenagneworq" (obituary), in The Telegraph, London, 16 April 2003.
  2. ^ Barbara W. Olson, Gondar, Ethiopia: 1971-1975 Guests in the Ethiopian Highlands and Children of Zemecha, AuthorHouse, 2011, p. 350.
  3. ^ Royal Ark
  4. ^ Kenney, "Ethiopian Adventure", National Geographic Magazine, vol. 127 (April 1965), p. 560.
  5. ^ "Ethiopia Observer". http://www.ethiopiaobserver.com/ethiopias-princess-hirut-dies-aged-84/.  External link in |website= (help)