Learn about Her Majesty Queen ‘Masenate Mohato Seeiso’s Biography
The Board of Trustees and staff of Royal Archives and Museum celebrates with Her Majesty on her 38th birthday and would like to wish Her Majesty Queen ‘Masenate Mohato Seeiso a blessed birthday and that the Lord bless her with many more years to come. O re holele ‘M’e oa rona!
Follow your Queen
The month of June marks an important day in the history of Lesotho’s Royalty. On the 02nd June 1976, Her Majesty Queen ‘Masenate Mohato Seeiso (formerly known as Miss Karabo Mots’oeneng) was born in Mapoteng in the Berea district. Upon baptism in the Roman Catholic Church, she was given the name of Anna. She is the eldest daughter in a family of five (5) of Mr. Thekiso Mots’oeneng and Mrs. ‘Makarabo Mots’oeneng.
Working towards her educational development, Her Majesty attended the Leribe English Medium Primary School and enrolled for six months at Holy Family High School. During a period 1990 and 1996, Her Majesty was enrolled at the Machabeng International School in Maseru as a boarder. In 1997, at the age of 21, Her Majesty enrolled at the National University of Lesotho (NUL) where she studied Biochemistry. It was during her studies at NUL that Her Majesty caught the eye of His Majesty. The news of her engagement to the King created excitement among students and around the NUL campus.
Her Majesty Queen ‘Masenate Mohato Seeiso was joined in holy matrimony with His Majesty King Letsie III on the 18th February 2000 at a ceremony held in Maseru. Their Majesties have been blessed with three (3) children namely; HRH Princess Senate Mohato Seeiso (b. 7/Oct/2001), HRH ‘Maseeiso Mohato Seeiso (b. 20/Nov/2004) and HRH Prince Lerotholi Mohato Seeiso (b. 18/Apr/2007).
Her Majesty Queen ‘Masenate Mohato Seeiso has social responsibilities ranging from helping the disadvantaged children, taking care of the elderly and ensuring societal development. The main charity work she is involved in, include the following:
– The Hlokomela Bana Association which assists orphaned and vulnerable children, those with disabilities and those that are affected and infected by HIV/AIDS. The charity assists these children by providing them with donated blankets, clothes, wheelchairs and food parcels.
– Her Majesty Queen ‘Masenate is the patron of the Queen’s National Trust Fund aimed at assisting needy children in terms of education. The fund was founded by the late Queen Mother ‘Mamohato Bereng Seeiso in 1985. In March 2012, Her Majesty Queen ‘Masenate Mohato Seeiso officially launched the Lesotho Royal Rose, whose proceeds are used to meet the educational needs of the disadvantage children. Many children have benefitted through this fund as their educational tuition costs have been covered by this fund.
– Her Majesty Queen ‘Masenate Mohato Seeiso acts as Regent when His Majesty King Letsie III is out of the country.