Sara Gizaw

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Princess Sara Gizaw
Dowager Duchess of Harar
Born (1929-01-01) 1 January 1929 (age 89)
Spouse Prince Makonnen, Duke of Harar
Issue Prince Petros Wossen, Duke of Harar
Prince Mikael
Prince Dawit
Prince Taffari
Prince Beede Mariam
House Solomon
Father Gizaw Abera
Religion Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo

Princess Sara Gizaw, Dowager Duchess of Harar is the widow of Prince Makonnen,[1] Duke (Mesfin) of Harar and second son of Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia.


She was born in 1929. Her father was Gizaw Abera, a former Nibure Id of Axum, and her paternal grandfather was Dejazmach Abera Tedla.

She was educated at the Royal Infirmary Nursing School of Edinburgh.

She is the mother of five sons, Paul Wossen Seged Makonnen, Mikael Makonnen, Tefferi Makonnen, Beede Mariam Makonnen and the late Dawit Makonnen (also known as Makonnen Makonnen). In her day, Princess Sara was renowned as one of the most beautiful women at the Court of the Emperor of Ethiopia.[citation needed] She was widowed in 1957 when her husband, the Duke of Harar, was killed in a car accident.[2] She often accompanied the Emperor on foreign visits, and acted as one of his official hostesses along with Princess Tenagnework after the death of Empress Menen.[citation needed]

Princess Sara was imprisoned with the other women of the Imperial Family of Ethiopia in 1974, and was released from prison in 1988.[1] She currently resides in Addis Ababa.[citation needed] Princess Sara's eldest son, Prince Paul Wossen Seged (current titular Duke of Harar) is second in line to the Ethiopian throne, and is expected eventually to become heir presumptive as the current claimant, Crown Prince Zera Yacob Amha Selassie has no legitimate son.

Titles, styles and honours[edit]

Styles of
Princess Sara
Reference style Her Imperial Highness
Spoken style Your Imperial Highness
Alternative style Ma'am

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 1 January 1929 - 10 February 1946: Sara Gizaw
  • 10 February 1946 - 13 May 1957: Her Imperial Highness Princess Sara, The Duchess of Harar
  • 13 May 1957 – Present: Her Imperial Highness Princess Sara, The Dowager Duchess of Harar


National dynastic honours[edit]

Foreign honours[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Ethiopia Frees 7 Relatives of Haile Selassie". The New York Times. Reuters. 22 May 1988. Retrieved 11 November 2010.
  2. ^ Paul B. Henze, Layers of Time (New York: Palgrave, 2000), p. 260
  3. ^ Pinimg
  4. ^ Pinimg
  5. ^ Flickr
  6. ^ Per Nordenvall, Kungliga Serafimerorden 1748-1998 (1998). See List of Knights of the Order
  7. ^ Royal Ark
  8. ^ Royal Ark

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