List of monarchs of Lesotho

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King of Lesotho
Marena a Lesotho
Coat of arms of Lesotho.svg
Incumbent
Letsie III.jpg
Letsie III
since 7 February 1996
Details
Style His Majesty
Heir apparent Lerotholi Seeiso
First monarch Moshoeshoe I (as paramount chief)
Formation 1822
Residence Royal Palace, Maseru
Coat of arms of Lesotho.svg
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Lesotho

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

Succession[edit]

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)[edit]

Kings of Lesotho (1966–present)[edit]

NameLifespanReign startReign endNotesFamilyImage
Moshoeshoe II
(1st reign)
(1938-05-02)2 May 1938 – 15 January 1996(1996-01-15) (aged 57)4 October 196612 November 1990
(deposed)
Son of Simon Seeiso GriffithHouse of MoshoeshoeMoshoeshoe II of Lesotho
Letsie III
(1st reign)
(1963-07-17) 17 July 1963 (age 55)12 November 199025 January 1995
(abdicated)
Son of Moshoeshoe IIHouse of MoshoeshoeLetsie III of Lesotho
Moshoeshoe II
(2nd reign)
(1938-05-02)2 May 1938 – 15 January 1996(1996-01-15) (aged 57)25 January 199515 January 1996Son of Simon Seeiso GriffithHouse of MoshoeshoeMoshoeshoe II of Lesotho
Letsie III
(2nd reign)
(1963-07-17) 17 July 1963 (age 55)7 February 1996IncumbentSon of Moshoeshoe IIHouse of MoshoeshoeLetsie III of Lesotho

Royal Standards[edit]

See also[edit]