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A King is Born

His Majesty King Mswati III was born at the Releigh Fitkin Memorial Hospital on April 19, 1968.

In fact, four children were born at the hospital on that day.

There were two boys and two girls.

One of the baby boys was the King, the son of Inkhosikati Ntombi Tfwala, a beautiful young woman form the north of Swaziland. Inkosikati LaTfwala was one of the youngest Emakhosikati of King Sobhuza II.

After she and her baby boy were discharged from the hospital they went to live at one of King Sobhuza II's Residences Etjeni near Masundwini palace.

King Sobhuza II because preoccupied with deciding the name of his new son at a time when great preparations were being made for the country's independence celebrations.

Guest from over 50 countries were invited and 42 countries from all over the world has accepted the invitation. Most countries promised to be represented at the celebrations.

As King Sobhuza II was expecting Kings and heads of state from many countries, he decided to name his baby boy "Makhosetive" (King Of All Nations).

Independence came on September 6 1968 and Prince Makhosetive did not know about it as he sleep peaceful while the celebrations were underway at a newly built Somhlolo National Stadium.

He grew up a normal healthy child at Etjeni royal Residence - his up-bringing being not different from that of other children.

Prince Makhosetive was very active as a young child and many people who knew him at that age say he was full of energy and adventure-he liked challenges.

He enjoyed marching and drilling to the extent that when he was four years he wanted to became a member of the royal guard. A year later his dream fulfilled when he became the first young cadet to join the Umbutfo Swaziland Defence Force (USDF). Boys of his age later joined him.

Prince Makhosetive took his military training seriously.

When he was not at school, he spent his spare time training with he soldiers at Masundwini army barracks near Etjeni royal residence.

He was able to make friends easily and had no difficulty in mixing with other children.

He started formal schooling in 1976 at Masundvwini Royal School which was established by King Sobhuza II and Inkhosikati LaMasuku in 1965 to teach royal children,.

Besides his exemplary performance at school, Masundvwini remembers Prince Makhosetive for his skill in the traditional Sobhuza dance. He had a Sibhaca team which participated in many occasions.

Like his father, King Sobhuza II, who was educated at Lovedale in the Republic of South Africa, Prince Makhosetive was eager for modern education.

King Sobhuza used to spend time with him, telling him about the country's progress and development.

that did not make lose his roots. He joined his Lindimpi age regiment, while he was still young.

He danced the national Incwala when he was only two years, dancing in front of King Sobhuza II.

He also joined other children in ploughing weeding and harvesting royal field at Mfabantfu. He also herded royal cattle whenever he had time.

He enjoyed hunting as a child-he hunted wild birds with his pellet gun and when he grew older, he went with King Sobhuza to Butimba, the royal hunt party at Hale.

Prince Makhosetive left Masundvwini Royal School which was also built by King Sobhuza II for royal children as he wanted them to study academic subjects as well as practical skills.

He was good in subject like mathematics, English, Science as well as Home Economics.

He took part in the 1982 Science Fair in Siteki.

Prince Makhosetive was popular at Lozitha because of his academic excellence as well as his ability to resolve problems which arose in class.

He sat for the Swaziland Primary Certificate examination in December 1982 at Phondo Royal Residence and got a First Class with merit in Mathematics and English.

When King Sobhuza II died on August 21 1982, Prince Makhosetive was away on a hunting mission given by the King and, on his return, he heard the sad news which shattered not only him, the nation but the entire world.

Indlovukazi Dzeliwe became the Queen Regent and Head of State and Prince Makhosetive and his mother went to live at Phondo Royal Residence.

Prince Makhosetive left the country in January 1983 for Sherbourne, England to continue his education school in the south of England.

This school has a high reputation for academic achievement and attracts pupils from all over the world who later go to positions of importance in professional and public life.

Prince Makhosetive studied English, Mathematics, Business Studies, Geography, Physical Science and Economics while at Sherbourne.

He visited countries in Europe when he was not busy with is studies.

He enjoyed many sports from darts to swimming and in England, he also played rugby and football,.

The Crown Prince made period visits to Swaziland to participate in rituals in preparation for his accession to the Throne.