Letsie III of Lesotho

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Letsie III
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King of Lesotho
Reign 7 February 1996 – present
Coronation 31 October 1997
Predecessor Mamohato (Regent)
Moshoeshoe II
Heir apparent Lerotholi Seeiso
Prime Ministers
Reign 12 November 1990 – 25 January 1995
Prime Ministers
Born (1963-07-17) 17 July 1963 (age 54)
Scott Hospital, Morija, Basutoland (now Lesotho)
Spouse Anna Motšoeneng (m. 2000)
Senate Seeiso
Lerotholi Seeiso
Full name
David Mohato Bereng Seeiso
House House of Moshesh
Father Moshoeshoe II
Mother Mamohato
Religion Roman Catholicism
Royal family of Lesotho
Coat of arms of Lesotho.svg

Letsie III (born David Mohato Bereng Seeiso; 17 July 1963) is the current king of Lesotho. He succeeded his father, Moshoeshoe II, when the latter was forced into exile in 1990. His father was briefly restored in 1995 but soon died in a car crash in early 1996, and Letsie became king again. As a constitutional monarch, most of King Letsie's duties as monarch of Lesotho are ceremonial.[1] In 2000, he declared HIV/AIDS in Lesotho to be a natural disaster, prompting immediate national and international response to the epidemic.[2]


He was educated in the United Kingdom at Ampleforth College.[3] From there he went on to study at the National University of Lesotho where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Law. He then went on to study at the University of Bristol (Diploma in English Legal Studies, 1986), Wolfson College, Cambridge (Development Studies, 1989), and Wye College (Agricultural Economics). He completed his studies in 1989, when he returned to Lesotho.[4]

He was installed as the Principal Chief of Matsieng on 16 December 1989.

His coronation took place on 31 October 1997 at Setsoto Stadium. Charles, Prince of Wales attended the ceremony.[5]

On 1 December 2016, in Rome, King Letsie III was appointed as FAO’s newest Special Ambassador for Nutrition by the Organization’s Director-General, José Graziano da Silva.[6]

Styles of
King Letsie III of Lesotho
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Reference style His Majesty
Spoken style Your Majesty
Alternative style Sir

Marriage and children[edit]

King Letsie married in 2000 to Karabo Motšoeneng, with whom he has two daughters and one son:


  • Patron of the Prince Mohato Award (Khau ea Khosana Mohato).


National honours[edit]

Foreign honours[edit]



  1. ^ "Lesotho profile". BBC News. Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
  2. ^ National AIDS Commission, Lesotho. COORDINATION FRAMEWORK FOR THE NATIONAL RESPONSE TO HIV AND AIDS. Publication. 2007. Accessed November 25, 2017. http://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/---ed_protect/---protrav/---ilo_aids/documents/legaldocument/wcms_126753.pdf.
  3. ^ Soszynski, Henry. "LESOTHO". members.iinet.net.au. Retrieved 4 June 2017. 
  4. ^ "His Majesty King Letsie III". Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the Kingdom of Lesotho. Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
  5. ^ País, Ediciones El (1 November 1997). "LA CORONACIÓN DE LETSIE III". Retrieved 4 June 2017. 
  6. ^ "FAO - Noticias: King Letsie III of Lesotho appointed FAO's newest Special Ambassador for Nutrition". www.fao.org. Retrieved 4 June 2017. 
  7. ^ a b c d "Televisión Camagüey, Cuba". Televisión Camagüey, Cuba. Retrieved 4 June 2017. 
  8. ^ "Kingdom of Lesotho". Retrieved 4 June 2017. 
  9. ^ "Outstanding Service Medal". Retrieved 4 June 2017. 
  10. ^ "Catholic King Letsie III of Lesotho invested into the Constantinian Order - Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George". 8 October 2013. Retrieved 4 June 2017. 

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Letsie III of Lesotho
Born: 17 July 1963
Regnal titles
Preceded by
King of Lesotho
Succeeded by
Moshoeshoe II
King of Lesotho
Heir apparent:
Lerotholi Seeiso