- Mantfombi Dlamini is the wife of recently deceased Zulu Nation King, Goodwill Zwelithini
- Currently, Queen Mantfombi is the leader of the Zulu nation until the rightful king steps into the position for the future
- Briefly.co.za looks at a few quick and super interesting facts about the Zulu nation queen
Mantfombi Dlamini, also known as the Queen of the Zulu Kingdom, has become very much talked-about over the last few weeks after the passing of her husband King Goodwill Zwelithini, who was buried last week.
After the King's passing, it was decided that Mantfombi would serve as the interim leader of the Zulu Kingdom up until the rightful king steps into position. It just so happens that her first-born son seems to be the chosen one for the position.
Growing up a Swazi princess, Mantfombi was betrothed to King Zwelithini. The two of them then married in 1977 and she became his great wife - meaning that her boy children would be considered first to take the throne.
While she is the great wife, the King had five other wives and a whopping 28 children, an eNCA article reports. Each wife also reportedly lives in a royal palace of their own which is naturally filled with servants who cater to their every need.
Wiki reports that King Zwelithini and Mantfombi have eight children together, five sons and three daughters.
Briefly.co.za previously reported that the Zulu royal family would reportedly be meeting with the late King Goodwill Zwelithini's lawyers on Wednesday to discuss who will be his successor. Sources have revealed that the royal household confirmed that Queen Mantfombi Dlamini will be regent.
Queen Mantfombi is the person who will reportedly appoint the late Zulu monarch's successor from one of her sons. Prince Misuzulu Zulu is Queen Mantfombi's firstborn son and may be the person who succeeds the King.
Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi stated that further updates concerning the meeting on Wednesday, 24 March will be made public. SABC News reported that Queen Mantfombi is the daughter of King Sobuza and the sister of King Mswati of eSwatini.
SowetanLIVE reported that the King's successor will come from Kwakhangelamankengane, thus making Prince Misuzulu the most obvious choice.
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