Happy Birthday to Queen ‘Masenate Mohato Seeiso of Lesotho, who celebrates her 45th Birthday today! The hardworking Queen who is the first commoner to marry into the Royal Family of the small African nation, Queen ‘Masenate does not have many tiara ocassions, but today, we are taking the opportunity to feature the Lesotho Diamond Fringe Tiara!
Featuring diamonds in a fringe design, this Tiara shares the motif of Tiaras in royal collections around the world, originally inspired by the Kokoshniks at the Russian Royal Court. Examples can be found in the British, Swedish, Danish, Thai, Monaco, Liechtenstein and the Greek Royal Collections. While the provenance of this piece is unknown, Queen Mother ‘Mamohato Bereng Seeiso notably wore the Diamond Fringe Tiara at the Wedding of her son, King Letsie III, and Queen ‘Masenate Mohato Seeiso in 2000.
In 2006, Queen ‘Masenate Mohato Seeiso wore the Diamond Fringe Tiara for King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand’s Diamond Jubilee Banquet in the Borommaratchasathit Maholan Hall of the Grand Palace in Bangkok. We expected to see the Tiara again at Emperor Naruhito’s Enthronement Banquet in 2019, but Queen ‘Masenate did not wear a Tiara.
The Diamond Fringe Tiara is not the only Tiara of the Lesotho Royal Family, and Queen ‘Masenate Mohato Seeiso wore a lavish Crown as well as a smaller Tiara for her Wedding to King Letsie III in 2000. Princess Senate of Lesotho was photographed in a mysterious Diamond Tiara for a series of portraits taken to mark her 18th Birthday, and has worn another tiara for a school dance in 2019.