Letsie III of Lesotho

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Letsie III
Letsie III.jpg
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 52)
Scott Hospital, Morija, Basutoland (now Lesotho)
Spouse Anna Mots'oeneng
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
Coats of arms of Lesotho.svg

Letsie III (born David Mohato Bereng Seeiso; 17 July 1963) is the 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]


He was educated in the United Kingdom at Ampleforth College.[2] 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, the University of Cambridge, and the University of London. He completed his studies in 1989, when he returned to Lesotho.[3]

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

Styles of
King Letsie III of Lesotho
Coats of arms of Lesotho.svg
Reference style His Majesty
Spoken style Your Majesty
Alternative style Sir

Marriage and children[edit]

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


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


  •  Lesotho : Grand Master of the Most Dignified Order of Moshoeshoe.[4]
  •  Lesotho : Grand Master of the Most Meritorious Order of Mohlomi.[5]
  •  Lesotho : Grand Master of the Most Loyal Order of Ramatseatsane.[6]
  •  Lesotho : Outstanding Service Medal.[7][8]



  1. ^ "Lesotho profile". BBC News. Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Genealogy
  3. ^ "His Majesty King Letsie III". Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the Kingdom of Lesotho. Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
  4. ^ TV Camagüey
  5. ^ TV Camagüey
  6. ^ Kingdom of Lesotho
  7. ^ TV Camagüey
  8. ^ Outstanding Service Medal

External links[edit]

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