King of Swaziland - Mswati III
“I want to stress to you that political parties remain banned up until the people of Swaziland say so.”
– King Mswati III, August 2007

The Kingdom of Swaziland is located between South Africa and Mozambique. Mswati III of Swaziland is the last absolute monarch in Sub-Saharan Africa. He was born on the 19th April 1968 as the second of 67 sons of the elderly King Sobhuza II, and the only child of Queen Ntombi Tfwala, one of the kings 70 wives. Mswati's birth name was Makhosetive - King of Nations. Four months after his birth, Swaziland obtained independency from Britain.

King Sobhuza II died in 1982 and the 14 years old prince Makhosetive was chosen to be the next king. Whilst Makhosetive continued his education in England and South Africa, two wives of King Sobhuza II served as regent; Queen Dzeliwe Shongwe from 1982-1983 and Queen Ntombi Tfwala from 1983-1986. Makhosetive was crowned Mswati III - King of Swaziland on 25th April 1986 at the age of 18. He thus became the youngest ruling monarch in the world. Together with his mother, titled Indlovukazi - Great She Elephant, he rules the country.

Mswati III currently has 27 children from his first 13 wives and wives-to-be: Inkhosikati LaMatsebula, Inkhosikati LaMotsa, Inkhosikati LaMbikiza, Inkhosikati LaNgangaza, Inkhosikati LaHwala, Inkhosikati LaMagwaza, Inkhosikati LaMasango, Inkhosikati LaGija, Inkhosikati LaMagongo, Inkhosikati LaMahlangu, Inkhosikati LaNtentesa, Inkhosikati LaDube, Inkhosikati LaNkambule.

For additional information on King Mswati III of Swaziland, visit the Swaziland Wikipedia entry, the website of the Swaziland Government as well as the The Swaziland Tourism Authority.

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