List of monarchs of Eswatini

This article lists the monarchs (Ngwenyamas) of Eswatini (known as Swaziland for most of its history). The King of Eswatini (also known as Ingwenyama) rules alongside the Queen Mother (also known as Ndlovukati). The role of the king has historically been as the head or father of the nation while the Queen Mother is the spiritual leader of the nation.[1]

Ancient Kings / Chiefs of the Swazi people (pre–1745)

  • Mkhulunkosi
  • Qomizitha
  • Sukuta
  • Madlasomo
  • Ndlovu
  • Ngwekati
  • Mawawa
  • Sidvwabasilutfuli
  • Sukumbili
  • Mbokane
  • Gebase
  • Kunene
  • Nkabingwe
  • Madlabane
  • Hhili
  • Dulunga
  • Dondobola
  • Sihuba
  • Mlangeni
  • Msimudze
  • Mbhondlo
  • Tembe
  • Sikhulumaloyo
  • Langa Samuketi
  • Nkomo: 1200–1300
  • Khabako: 1300–1355
  • Nkosi I: 1355–1400
  • Ngwane I: 1400–1435
  • Dlamini I (Matalatala): 1435–1465
  • Mswati I: 1480–1520
  • Ngwane II: 1520–1550
  • Dlamini II: 1555–1600
  • Nkosi II: 1600–1640
  • Mavuso I: 1645–1680
  • Magudulela: 1685–1685
  • Ludvonga I: 1685–1715
  • Dlamini III: 1720–1744

Kings of Swaziland (1745–1906)

  • Ngwane III: 1745–1780 (The first King of modern Swaziland)
  • LaYaka Ndwandwe (Queen Regent): 1780
  • Ndvungunye (Zikodze, Mavuso II): 1780–1815
  • Lomvula Mndzebele (Queen Regent): 1815
  • Sobhuza I (Somhlolo): 1815–1839
  • Lojiba Simelane (Queen Regent): 1836–1840
  • Mswati II (Mavuso III): 1840–1865
  • Tsandzile Ndwandwe (Queen Regent): August 1865 – June 1875
  • Crown Prince Ludvonga II (Macaleni) – Never became King
  • Dlamini IV (Mbandzeni): 1875–1889
  • Tibati Nkambule (Queen Regent): 7 April 1889 – 1894
  • Ngwane V (Mahlokohla): January 1895 – 10 December 1899
  • Labotsibeni Gwamile Mdluli (Queen Regent): 10 December 1899 – 31 March 1906

Paramount Chiefs of the Swaziland Protectorate (1906–1968)

  • Labotsibeni Gwamile Mdluli (Queen Regent): 31 March 1906 – 22 December 1921
  • Sobhuza II: 22 December 1921 – 2 September 1968

Kings of Swaziland / Eswatini (1968–present)

NameLifespanReign startReign endNotesFamilyImage
Sobhuza II(1899-07-22)22 July 1899 – 21 August 1982(1982-08-21) (aged 83)2 September 196821 August 1982†
(13 years, 353 days)
Son of Ngwane VHouse of Dlamini
Mswati III (1968-04-19) 19 April 196825 April 1986Incumbent
(36 years, 281 days)
Son of Sobhuza IIHouse of Dlamini
"Authorized Person" during the minority of King Mswati III
Regents during the minority of King Mswati III

Timeline since 1921

Mswati IIINtfombi of EswatiniPrince Sozisa DlaminiDzeliwe of EswatiniPrince Sozisa DlaminiSobhuza II

Royal Standard

See also

References

  1. Kuper, Hilda (1980). An African Aristocracy: Rank Among the Swazi. Africana Pub. ISBN 0841905819.
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