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King Sobhuza II Memorial Park

Lobamba, Museum, Place of Interest

King Sobhuza II Memorial Park


When King Sobhuza II was four months old his father, the king, died. This led the elders of the Swazi people to decide that he was to become king. By the age of 22 he had gone to university and took up the mantle of King Sobhuza II. Believing in a no war solution and having the personal phrase of “I have no enemy” King Sobhuza brokered the independence of Swaziland from the British. In 1968 the British left Swaziland and gave it back to the Swazi nation. This meant that Swaziland was independent and its own kingdom.
 
Sadly at the age of 83, one month after his birthday King Sobhuza II died. He had the longest reign that any king in the whole of Africa has ever had and he was an inspiration to his entire nation. To pay honour to his memory the King Sobhuza II memorial site was made. Indie the memorial area there is a 10 feet statue of King Sobhuza II which is surrounded by four shields, this symbolises that he was an important part in the Swazi culture. There is also a torch that shows that the king’s spirit lives on. Everything in the memorial area can be photographed except for the mausoleum, it is considered disrespectful to take pictures of this building. The Memorial Park is open to any visitors and there is only a small entrance fee for entry into the park.