Queen Mantfombi Dlamini passed away unexpectedly last Thursday. Born a Swazi princess, the daughter of King Sobhuza II and sister of King Mswati III, she married King Goodwill Zwelithini in 1973 and and was queen consort of the Zulu Nation from 1977 to 2021. When her husband died in March, she served as queen regnant.
We have not admired the intricately beaded headdresses worn by Zulu queens here before- they really are striking.
Our condolences are extended to the Zulu royal family.
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