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House of Shabangu-Saksoure
Shabangu uhlanga lesiTjhaba

House of Shabangu Coat of Arms

Head of Family Kharakhte Saksoure III
Founded Unknown
Family Palace Isizinda Isigodlo
Nation Ibutho
Related Dynasties House of Silongo (Ibutho), House of Mabena (Ibutho), House of Saksoure (Cobura), House of Sidibé (Talmoria), House of Nordenburg (Talmoria and Aslistan), House of Leone (Rildanor)
Political Ideology African Nationalism (Olimi weZulu: Esintsundu Sizwe Amandla)
Political Position Conservative
Colors Vert & Sable
Motto By God's Grace (isiZulu: umusa kaNkulunkulu)

The Ibutho Royal Family was the ruling dynasty of Ibutho. It consisted of the Monarch (isiZulu: Inkosi) and the Monarch's blood and conjugal relatives with the ranks of Queen Mother (isiZulu: Indlovukazi), Queen (isiZulu: Inkosikazi), and Prince (isiZulu: umNtanenkosi and umNtwana).


Blood RoyalsEdit

Under Shabangu House Law, blood relatives of the Monarch were said to be, 'of the blood royal undoubted' (isiZulu: Ngokungangabazeki egazini 'wasebukhosini). The appendage, 'undoubted,' was in reference to the House of Shabangu's matrileneal succession whereby descendants of male dynasts were barred from ascension to the throne. Accordingly, determination of blood relation to the Ibutho Monarch for dynastic purposes depended on dynasts' relations to the Monarch's mother and her matralineal descendants and antecedents. The Monarch's matralineal blood relatives were members of the Royal Family from birth if born with the titles Prince, Queen Mother, Queen Regnant, or King, or from accession if succeeding to the same titles.


Portrait Dignity Rank Name Date of Accession Relationship to Monarch Blood Right to Rank
Kharakhte Saksoure III, King of Ibutho, Lord of Cobura
Magnificence King Kharakhte Saksoure III 3927 Incumbent Eldest Son of Queen Khethiwe The Queen Mother
Queen Khethiwe The Queen Mother
Magnificence Queen Mother Khethiwe 3927 Mother Eldest Living Daughter of Queen Ethwasa II The Queen Mother
Mohammed II, King of Talmoria, Prince of Ibutho, Prince of Cobura
Royal Highness The Prince Mohammed II, King of Talmoria 3930 Son Child of the Monarch
HRH The Prince Bathandwa of Southern Kwelakubo
Royal Highness The Prince Bathandwa 3821 1st Cousin Son of King Bathandwa
Highness Prince du Sang de Rildanor Menzi 3821 1st Cousin Once Removed

Direct descendant of King Negus of Rildanor: Dignity and membership in the Royal Family granted to son of The Prince Bathandwa during his father's Pretense to the Throne following the Ibutho Civil War; Assented to and sustained by Magnificence's Pleasure during reign of King Kharakhte Saksoure III


Blood Royals Prior to 3643Edit

Prior to King Mlungisi's introduction of matrilineal succession in 3643, membership in the Royal Family was determined by patrilineal relation to the Monarch. Though barred from succession by the change, dynasts qualifying under the old succession law were not stripped of titles and remain members of the Royal Family as a result. The last dynast to whom this status applied, HRH The Princess Thabisa, daughter of Inkosi Shabangu the Elder, died in 3654.

Royals By MarriageEdit

Following constitutional reforms in 3644, spouses of blood Princes were granted courtesy use of their spouses' rank prefixed by gendered honorifics, i.e., Mrs. Prince HUSBAND'S NAME, and Mr. Princess WIFE'S NAME. Wives of the King enjoy continued use of the rank Queen (isiZulu: inkosikazi yenkosi), though the amendment revoked Queen Slindile's use of the rank Queen Mother due to her son Prince Zonke's disqualification from the succession. The amendment did not specify titles for spouses of Queens Regnant and the Queen Mother. Such consorts would presumably continue use of previously-granted courtesy ranks if their spouses were previously Princesses, or employ titles newly-granted by the incumbent Monarch. This speculation has not been tested however, since the only spouse to whom it would apply, Queen Mother Ethwasa I's husband, died before his wife's accession.

The 3644 amendment granting courtesy use of titles for Prince-rank spouses referenced only opposite-gender spouses. The palace and government have implemented no policy regarding Prince Zonke's same-sex spouse, Phila Mathebula, so his Royal Family membership status and use of any related titles is uncertain.

Mrs. Prince Xhegu and Mrs. Prince Felokwakhe have continued courtesy use of thier husbands' ranks since their deaths. This practice would presumably be extended to future widowed and widower Royal consorts.

Portrait Dignity Rank Name Date of Accession Relationship to Monarch Basis of Courtesy Title
Her Exalted Majesty Queen Musukebba
Magnificence Queen Consort Musukebba 3927 Wife Wife of the Monarch

Prominent Deceased MembersEdit

Portrait Dignity Rank Name Tenure Cause of Death Relationship to Monarch Basis of Rank
HRH Prince Nkonkoni The Heir Apparent
Royal Highness Prince Nkonkoni Natural Causes 1st Cousin Son of Princess Sinethemba of eMahlabatini
Andile III, King of Ibutho
Magnificence King Andile III 3672 3rd Great Uncle Eldest Son of Queen Mother Ethwasa I
Queen Ethwasa The Queen Mother
Magnificence Queen Mother Ethwasa I 3643 3rd Great Grandmother Daughter of Queen Mother Nomvula
Princess Philisile of Emahlabatini
Magnificence Queen Mother Philisile 3643 2nd Great Grandmother Daughter of Queen Mother Ethwasa I
Princess Ndonsa of eMahlabatini
Magnificence Queen Regnant Ndonsa 3653 Great Grandmother Elder Daughter of Queen Mother Philisile
Royal Highness The Prince Sibusiso 3672 1st Cousin Thrice Removed Son of King Andile III
Royal Highness The Prince Msizi 3672 1st Cousin Thrice Removed Son of King Andile III
Princess Thandekile of eMahlabatini
Highness Princess Thandekile 3655 2nd Great Aunt Daughter of Queen Mother Philisile
Highness Prince Ncelebana 3643 3rd Great Uncle Son of Queen Mother Ethwasa
The Prince Zonke
Royal Highness The Prince Zonke 3610 1st Cousin Four times Removed Son of King Mlungisi the Orderer
Royal Highness The Princess Khulelaphi 3595 1st Cousin Four times Removed Daughter of King Mlungisi the Orderer
Royal Highness The Princess Qiniso 3595 1st Cousin Four times Removed Daughter of King Mlungisi the Orderer
Royal Highness The Princess Thabisa 3595 1st Cousin Four times Removed Daughter of King Mlungisi the Orderer
Royal Highness The Princess Slindile 3595 1st Cousin Four times Removed Daughter of King Mlungisi the Orderer
Royal Highness The Princess Khwezi 3595 1st Cousin Four times Removed Daughter of King Mlungisi the Orderer
Royal Highness The Princess Aphiwe 3602 1st Cousin Four times Removed Daughter of King Mlungisi the Orderer
Royal Highness The Princess Hleziphi 3606 1st Cousin Four times Removed Daughter of King Mlungisi the Orderer
Royal Highness The Princess Phumelela 3614 1st Cousin Four times Removed Daughter of King Mlungisi the Orderer
HM King Mlungisi, Close-up
Magnificence King Mlungisi 3595-3672 Natural Causes 4th Great Uncle Son of Queen Mother Nomvula
Magnificence Queen Mother Nomvula 3595-3606 Lightning Strike 4th Great Grandmother Mother of King Mlungisi the Orderer
Magnificence Queen Consort Funani 3595-3650 Natural Causes Step Aunt Wife of King Mlungisi the Orderer
Royal Highness The Prince Felokwakhe 3595-3603 Lost at Sea 1st Cousin Four times Removed Son of King Mlungisi the Orderer
Prince Xhegu Mzwamandla
Royal Highness The Prince Xhegu 3595-3649 Infirmity 1st Cousin Four times Removed Son of King Mlungisi the Orderer
Royal Highness The Princess Thabisa 3595-3654 Natural Causes 5th Great Aunt Daughter of Inkosi Shabangu the Elder
Magnificence Queen Consort Vemvane 3595 Natural Causes Aunt-in-Law Wife of King Mlungisi the Orderer
Magnificence Queen Consort Slindile 3595 Natural Causes Aunt-in-Law Wife of King Mlungisi the Orderer
Mr. Princess Kosan 3595-3654 Natural Causes 1st Cousin-in-Law Husband of The Princess Thabisa of Southern Kwelakubo
Aida, Mrs. Prince Andile, of Aslistan
Magnificence Queen Consort Aida 3672 Wife Wife of King Andile III
Patrice, Mr. Princess Philsile
Mr. Princess Patrice 3652 Brother-in-Law Husband of Queen Mother Philisile
Mrs. Prince Jabulile 3612 1st Cousin-in-Law Widow of The Prince Xhegu
Mrs. Prince Mpumelelo 3613 1st Cousin-in-Law Widow of The Prince Felokwahke
Mr. Princess Geza 3595 1st Cousin-in-Law Husband of The Princess Slindile
Mr. Princess Chipo 3603 1st Cousin-in-Law Husband of The Princess Khwezi
Mrs. Prince Dodakazi 3633 Sister-in-Law Wife of Prince Ncelebana

Non-Royal RelativesEdit

The 3644 constitutional reforms limit the rank of Prince to the Monarch's children, heir apparent, and heirs eventual, children of the Monarch's heirs apparent and eventual, the Queen Mother's children, heir, and heirs eventual, and children of the Queen Mother's heirs apparent and eventual. As a result, many close relatives of the Monarch are excluded from the Royal Family, including all direct descendants of a male Monarch after his children, and many nephews, nieces, and cousins ranked highly in the line of succession.

Family TreeEdit

The Ibutho Royal Family as of 3938
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