His Majesty King Letsie III
King Letsie III is the first son of the late King Moshoeshoe
II and Queen Mother 'Mamohato Bereng Seeiso. He was born at
Scott Hospital in Morija on July 17 1963 and named Mohato
Bereng Seeiso. He was christened into the Roman Catholic
Church as David.
Majesty King Letsie III
He did part of
his primary education at Iketsetseng Private School in
Maseru from 1968 to 1972, when he completed Standard Five.
He then proceeded to Gilling Castle in the United Kingdom,
in 1973, a Roman Catholic School run by the order of St.
Benedictine in Yorkshire, where he completed his primary
education in 1976. He then proceeded to his father's Alma
mater, Ampleforth College in 1977, where he completed his
secondary and high school education in 1980.
From 1980 to 1984 he pursued his University education at the
National University of Lesotho where he graduated with a
Bachelor of Arts Degree in law.
Between 1984 and 1986 he completed a Diploma in English
Legal Studies at the University of Bristol in Britain. King
Letsie III later spent a year at the University of Cambridge
where he studied Development Studies, completing in 1989. At
the same time he enrolled with Wye College of the University
of London where he studied Agricultural Economics.
He was installed as the Principal Chief of Matsieng on
December 16, 1989. He was sworn into the Office of King on
November 12, 1990, under the new Office of the King Order
NO. 14 of 1990, promulgated on November 6, 1990. He was then
named King Letsie III after King Letsie I, the eldest son of
King Moshoeshoe I, the founder of the Basotho nation. He
abdicated on January 25, 1995, the day on which His Majesty
King Moshoeshoe 11 was reinstated.
Following the tragic death of his father King Moshoeshoe II
on January 15, 1996, King Letsie III was reinstalled as King
on February 7, 1996. His coronation took place on October
31, 1997, in Maseru.
His Majesty got engaged to Miss Karabo Anna Mots’oeneng, the
first daughter of Mr. Thekiso and Mrs. ‘Makarabo Mots’oeneng
of Leribe on October 23rd, 1999. They were joined in holy
matrimony on February 18th, 2000. Their Majesties have been
blessed with two daughters and a son: Her Royal Highness
Princess Senate was born on October 7th, 2001, Her Royal
Highness Princess ‘Maseeiso on November 20th, 2004, and His
Royal Highness Prince Lerotholi on April, 18th, 2007.
King Letsie III has keen love for agriculture. He spends
most of his leisure time visiting his family cattle posts.
He likes arable farming and enjoys country life.
His favourite sporting activities include horse riding,
squash, tennis and rugby. He likes music; especially
classical and traditional music.
His Majesty King Letsie III is the patron of Prince Mohato
Award (Khau ea Khosana Mohato), which is a service programme
of practical, cultural and adventurous activities designed
for individuals, clubs, groups and organisations having
concern for young people.
Its aims to encourage and stimulate the enthusiasm,
responsibility, enterprise and maturity of young people by
presenting their carefully constructed programmes, offering
everyone a chance to test their powers in personal
activities, recognised in series for awards.