Mahisente Habte Mariam

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Princess Mahisente Habte Mariam
Princess of Ethiopia
Born (1937-02-09) 9 February 1937 (age 82)
Nekemte, Ethiopian Empire
SpousePrince Sahle Selassie
IssueErmias Sahle Selassie
Full name
Mahzente (or Mahisente)
HouseHouse of Solomon
(by marriage)
FatherDejazmach Habte Mariam Gebre-Igziabiher
MotherWoizero Yeshimebet Guma
ReligionEthiopian Orthodox Tewahedo

Princess Mahisente Habte Mariam[1](born at Nekemte on 9 February 1937) is the widow of Prince Sahle Selassie, youngest son of Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia. She is the daughter of Dejazmach Habte Mariam Gebre-Igziabiher, heir to the former Welega Kingdom of Leqa Naqamte, and later served as governor of Welega province. Her mother was Woizero Yeshimebet Guma, a prominent Welega Oromo noblewoman who was later married to Ras Mesfin Selashi, a leading Ethiopian aristocrat and close associate of Emperor Haile Selassie. Princess Mahisente is also the mother of Prince Ermias Sahle Selassie, the current President of the Crown Council of Ethiopia.[2]

Princess Mahisente worked for many years with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) before her retirement. The princess currently lives in the suburbs of Washington D.C.

Titles, styles, honours and arms[edit]

Titles and styles[edit]

  • Mahisente Habte Mariam.
  • Her Imperial Highness Princess Mahisente.


National honours[edit]

Foreign honours[edit]


  1. ^ Royal Ark
  2. ^ "Advisory Board Prince Ermias Sahle Selassie Foundation Director". TRFTRA - The Royal Foundation To Rebuild Africa. Retrieved 7 November 2010.
  3. ^ Per Nordenvall, Kungliga Serafimerorden 1748-1998 (1998). See List of Knights of the Order