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Letsie III
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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 17 July 1963 (1963-07-17) (age 58)
Scott Hospital, Morija, Basutoland (now Lesotho)
Spouse
Anna Motšoeneng (m. 2000)
Issue
Detail
Princess Senate Seeiso
Princess 'Maseeiso Seeiso
Prince Lerotholi Seeiso
Full name
David Mohato Bereng Seeiso
House Moshesh
Father Moshoeshoe II
Mother Mamohato
Religion Catholic

Letsie III (born David Mohato Bereng Seeiso; 17 July 1963) is 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. In 2000, he declared HIV/AIDS in Lesotho to be a natural disaster, prompting immediate national and international response to the epidemic.

Biography

He was educated in the United Kingdom at Ampleforth College. 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 (Diploma in English Legal Studies, 1986), Wolfson College, Cambridge (Development Studies, 1989), and Wye College (Agricultural Economics). He completed his studies in 1989, when he returned to Lesotho.

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

His coronation took place on 31 October 1997 at Setsoto Stadium. Charles, Prince of Wales attended the ceremony.

On 1 December 2016, in Rome, King Letsie III was appointed as FAO's newest Special Ambassador for Nutrition by the Organization's Director-General, José Graziano da Silva.

Marriage and children

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

  • Princess Mary Senate Mohato Seeiso, born 7 October 2001 at Maseru Private Hospital in Maseru.
  • Princess 'Maseeiso Mohato Seeiso, born 20 November 2004 in Maseru.
  • Prince Lerotholi David Mohato Bereng Seeiso, born 18 April 2007 in Maseru.

Patronages

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

Honours

National

  •  Lesotho : Grand Master of the Most Dignified Order of Moshoeshoe.
  •  Lesotho : Grand Master of the Most Courteous Order of Lesotho.
  •  Lesotho : Grand Master of the Most Meritorious Order of Mohlomi.
  •  Lesotho : Grand Master of the Most Loyal Order of Ramatseatsane.
  •  Lesotho : Outstanding Service Medal.

Foreign

  •  Italy :
    • Kingdom of the Two Sicilies Two Sicilian Royal Family: Bailiff Knight Grand Cross of Justice of the Two Sicilian Royal Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George (8 October 2013).
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