Lesotho Independence Day is celebrated on October 4. This public holiday commemorates the independence of the Kingdom of Lesotho from Great Britain in 1966. Lesotho (then Basutoland) became a single entity in 1822. It was united by King Moshoeshoe I. In the 1860s, Moshoeshoe fought a series of wars with Boer settlers, who tried to colonize his lands. Having lost a great portion of his territory, Moshoeshoe asked Queen Victoria for help. She agreed to establish British protectorate over Basutoland in 1858.
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The Board of Trustees and staff of Royal Archives and Museum will celebrate His Majesty's 58th birthday on the 17th July next year.King's Birthday is a public holiday in Lesotho, observed on July 17th each year. This day celebrates the birth of King Letsie III, who was born on this day in 1963. 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.