Swaziland - Personal background

The present monarch, King Mswati III, known as Crown Prince Makhosetive prior to ascending the throne, was born in Swaziland on 19 April 1968 to Queen Ntombi. Prince Makhosetive was one of possibly as many as 200 children born to King Sobhuza II, who ruled Swaziland from 1921 for 60 years. Mswati was educated in South Africa and Europe. With Sobhuza's death in August 1982, Prince Makhosetive was chosen heir-apparent. Prince Makhosetive was 16 at the time, and was attending a private school in Dorset, England.

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