Queen 'Mamohato of Lesotho

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Queen Mamohato
Queen Consort of Lesotho
Tenure 15 January 1996 – 7 February 1996
Predecessor None
Successor 'Masenate
Tenure 10 March 1990 – 12 November 1990
Tenure 5 June 1970 – 5 December 1970
Born Tabitha 'Masentle Lerotholi Mojela
(1941-04-28)28 April 1941
Tebang, Mafeteng
Died 6 September 2003(2003-09-06) (aged 62)
Mantsonyane, Thaba-Tseka
Spouse Moshoshoe II
Issue King Letsie III
Prince Seeiso
Princess Constance
Father Lerotholi Mojela
Religion Roman Catholicism

Queen 'Mamohato Bereng Seeiso (née Princess Tabitha 'Masentle Lerotholi Mojela) (28 April 1941 – 6 September 2003)[1] served as the Regent Head of State of Lesotho on three occasions: 5 June to 5 December 1970, 10 March to 12 November 1990 and 15 January to 7 February 1996.[2]

Biography[edit]

The queen was born at Tebang, located in the District of Mafeteng.[3] She was the youngest child of Lerotholi Mojela (1895-1961), Chief of Tsakholo.[4]

The princess was sent to study at Bath Training College of Home Economics in the United Kingdom.[3]

A year after the death of her father, she married Moshoeshoe II.[3] During her reign, she helped improve children's education in Lesotho.[3]

The queen died while at a Catholic retreat for the Catholic order of Saint Cecilia at the Auray Mission [5] in Mantsonyane on September 6, 2003.[6] There is a hospital named for her, the Queen 'Mamohato Memorial Hospital.[7]

The queen, known as the Mother of the Nation'' created Hlokomela Bana in the 1980’s to provide care and support for some of the most vulnerable children in Lesotho. Hlokomela Bana, which means “Take Care of Children” in Sesotho, works closely with principal chiefs to identify what support can be best provided to those who have lost their parents or are living with disabilities.[8]

Family[edit]

She was the wife of King Moshoshoe II and the mother of King Letsie III, Prince Seeiso and Princess Constance Christina 'Maseeiso.

Titles[edit]

  • 1941-1962: Princess Tabitha 'Masentle Lerotholi Mojela.
  • 1962-1966: HRH Princess 'Mamohato Bereng Seeiso of Lesotho.
  • 1966-1996: HM Queen 'Mamohato Bereng Seeiso, The Queen of Lesotho.
    • 5 June - 5 December 1970, 10 March - 12 November 1990, 15 January - 7 February 1996: HM Queen 'Mamohato Bereng Seeiso, The Queen Regent of Lesotho
  • 1996-2003: HM Queen 'Mamohato Bereng Seeiso, The Queen Mother of Lesotho.
Preceded by
New title
Queen consort of Lesotho
1966–1996
Succeeded by
'Masenate

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Queen Mother of Lesotho, Mamohato Bereng Seeiso Dies". South African History Online. 6 September 2003. Retrieved 4 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "Royal Deputy Heads of State in the 20th and 21st Century". Worldwide Guide to Women in Leadership. Retrieved 4 January 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Orbituary of the Late Queen Mother Her Majesty, 'Mamohato Bereng Seeiso". Government of Lesotho. Retrieved 4 January 2016. 
  4. ^ Rosenberg, Scott; Weisfelder, Richard F. (2013). Historical Dictionary of Lesotho. Scarecrow Press, Inc. pp. 351–352. ISBN 9780810879829. 
  5. ^ News24
  6. ^ "Everyone Came to Hear What Lead to her Death". Government of Lesotho. 17 September 2003. Retrieved 4 January 2016. 
  7. ^ "Lesotho Lessons Learned: Mamohato Hospital". GPOBA. Retrieved 4 January 2016. 
  8. ^ Sentebale