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Queen Ntombi

Swazi Royal Family

HM The Ndlovukati

  • HM the King
    • HRH Prince Majaha
    • HRH Princess Sikhanyiso
    • HRH Prince Lindaninkosi
    • HRH Princess Temaswati
    • HRH Princess Tiyandza
    • HRH Princess Tebukhosi
    • HRH Prince Bandzile
    • HRH Princess Sibahle
    • HRH Princess Temtsimba
    • HRH Princess Sakhizwe
    • HRH Prince Mcwasho
    • HRH Prince Saziwangaye
    • HRH Princess Makhosothando

Ntombi, Indlovukazi of Swaziland (born c. 1950), has been the Indlovukazi (Great She-Elephant) and Joint Head of State of Swaziland since 1986. She was also regent of Swaziland from 1983 to 1986. She was born Ntombi laTwala. She is the mother of King Mswati III. Template:Infobox Monarch styles

Two years prior to the death in 1982 of Ntombi's husband, King Sobhuza II, he had designated another of his wives, Queen Dzeliwe, as the Indlovukazi, to reign as joint sovereign with his future successor. But instead of recognizing one of her sons as his heir apparent, he indicated to his Loqoqo that he wanted his son by Ntombi, Prince Makhosetive Dlamini, to succeed him on the throne. In June 1982 he also extended the authority of the Loqoqo, empowering it to act as a "Supreme Council of State", free to appoint an "Authorized Person" to exercise the royal prerogative if a regent was deemed unable to do so properly. In the power vacuum that resulted from his death, Indlovukasi Dzeliwe became Queen Regent during the minority of the designated heir to the throne, but the Loqoqo, consisting mostly of King Sobhuza's senior relatives, chiefs and advisors, usurped her authority and sacked Sobhuza's prime minister, Prince Mabandla Dlamini, whom Loqoqo members apparently feared would strip them of their new role. Once Prince Makhosetive Dlamini attained his majority and officially became king, his mother would then be expected to be designated as the new Indlovukazi.[1]

However, Queen Dzeliwe was placed under house arrest in 1983. Following a 9-day period during which Swaziland was ruled by Prince Sozisa Dlamini, Ntombi was selected as queen regent.

In 1986, when he turned 18, Makhosetive was crowned King Mswati III. Upon becoming king, as was the custom, he declared his mother to be the Indlovukazi (a title roughly corresponding to Queen Mother, literally translated as Great She-Elephant) and, as such, Joint Head of State. As Queen Mother, Ntombi is seen as the spiritual and national head of state, while her son is considered the administrative head of state.[2][3][4]

Ntombi laTwala's image has been widely disseminated in the West since her inclusion in Andy Warhol's portrait series during her exercise of the regency for her son, as one of four Reigning Queens, along with Queens Beatrix of the Netherlands, Margrethe II of Denmark and Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.[5]


Regnal titles
Preceded by
Queen Dzeliwe
(Queen Regent)
Queen Regent of Swaziland
Succeeded by
Mswati III
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