02.06.

The only Catholic queen in present-day Africa

The only Catholic queen in present-day Africa

Queen ‘Masenate Mohato Seeiso is the wife of today’s King of Lesotho – Letsia III. – who is also a Roman Catholic by faith. Their wedding was a state spectacle, and was held at the stadium in front of supposedly as many as 40,000 people.

On June 2, 1976, Queen ‘Masenate Mohato Seeiso, the only Catholic queen in present-day Africa, was born. Namely, she is the wife of the current king of the state of Lesotho – Letsia III. – who is also a Roman Catholic by faith. They were married on February 18, 2000, at the age of 23, and he was 36. The wedding was performed by the Catholic Archbishop of Maseru (capital of Lesotho) named Bernard Mohlalisi.

‘Masenate Mohato Seeiso is the first queen in modern Lesotho history to be of bourgeois descent. For King Letsius III. she got engaged while still studying at the National University of Lesotho (this university was originally created as a Catholic educational institution).

The royal wedding was a state spectacle, and was held at a stadium in the aforementioned state capital, Maseru, in front of as many as 40,000 people. The wedding was also attended by South African politician Nelson Mandela. Of course, King Letsie III. as a Catholic he is monogamous (he has only one wife).

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