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History of King’s Birthday in Lesotho

The Kingdom of Lesotho, which is enclaved within South Africa, is a hereditary constitutional monarchy. His Royal Highness Prince David Mohato Bereng Seeiso was born at the Scott Hospital in Morija on July 17th 1963 and was the eldest son of Moshoeshoe II, who became King when Lesotho gained its independence from Britain in October 1966.

Moshoeshoe II didn’t hide his opposition to the apartheid rule in South Africa, and this led to him being deposed twice, with Letsie III replacing him from 1990 until 1995. Moshoeshoe II died in a car crash in January 1996, bringing Letsie III back as King. His coronation took place on October 31st 1997, in Maseru. Like most constitutional monarchies, the King has limited powers and his role is mainly ceremonial.

According to the Government of Lesotho, King Letsie III has a keen love for agriculture. He spends most of his leisure time visiting his family cattle posts. His favourite sporting activities include horse riding, squash, tennis and rugby. He likes music; especially classical and traditional music. On this public holiday, schools and most businesses will be closed.

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