Basotho on Friday celebrated King Letsie III’s 52nd birthday, with a huge crowd gathering at Leribe Pitso Ground for the national commemoration.
King Letsie III was born David Mohato Bereng Seeiso at Scott Hospital in Morija on 17 July 1963—the first son of King Moshoeshoe II and Queen Mother ‘Mamohato Bereng Seeiso.
On Friday, ‘Linare’ wished His Majesty a happy birthday through song and dance, with the colourful event transforming the town into one big carnival.
Friday’s event also saw foreign nationals living in Lesotho, among them Chinese, Indians, and Nigerians, joining their local counterparts in dance—a clear testimony that the monarch is indeed, a symbol of unity.
Before calling for three cheers in honour of His Majesty, Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili, wished the monarch a happy birthday.
“Happy Birthday to you His Majesty King Letsie III. We hope you are enjoying your special day and wish you many many more years,” Dr Mosisili said amid thunderous applause from the huge crowd.
His Majesty, who did not give any speeches during Friday’s ceremony, could be seen surveying his subjects with the loving gaze of a devoted father, while his family was also at hand to enjoy the festivities.
In addition to the Leribe party, other districts of the country also marked His Majesty’s birthday with senior government officials leading the commemorations.
King Letsie III is married to Queen ‘Masenate Mohato Seeiso and the Royal couple has been blessed with two daughters—Princess Senate (13) and Princess ‘M’aSeeiso (10)—and one son, Prince Lerotholi (8).