02.06.

1976: The Only Catholic Queen in Today’s Africa

1976: The Only Catholic Queen in Today’s Africa
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On this day in 1976, Queen ‘Masenate Mohato Seeiso, the only Catholic queen in today’s Africa, was born.

In fact,  ‘Masenate is the first queen in the modern history of Lesotho who was of common birth.  is the wife of the reigning king of Lesotho – Letsie III – who is also a Roman Catholic.

They were married on 18 February 2000, when she was 23 and he 36 years old. The wedding was conducted by the Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Maseru (the capital of Lesotho) named Bernard Mohlalisi.

‘Masenate Mohato Seeiso is the first queen in the modern history of Lesotho who was of common birth.

She  was engaged to King Letsie III of Lesotho while she was still a student at the National University of Lesotho (originally founded as a Catholic University College).

‘Masenate and Letsie`s royal wedding was a national spectacle and it was held at the stadium in the state capital Maseru, reportedly in front of 40,000 people.

The wedding ceremony was also attended by South African politician Nelson Mandela. Of course, King Letsie III, as a Catholic, is monogamous.

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