The Hlubi royal family is the reigning dynasty of the amaHlubi or Hlubi tribe of South Africa. The royal family includes the king, Queen, children and blood relatives. Their most famous King was Langalibalele i.
The Hlubi people or amaHlubi are a bantu ethnic group currently inhabiting parts of South Africa. They are closely related to the nguni tribes like swazi, Xhosa, zulu etc.They are said to have originated from the Congo basin and are also closely related to the bashubi tribe (bantu group) of Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania and samburu of Kenya (nilotic group). The South African government nhlapo commission refused to recognise their kingship on the basis that their kingdom was scattered during the colonial time. However they are still fighting for kingship recognition. While they claim sovereignty, some consider them to be subjects of the King of Zulu.
Ingonyama Langalibalele ii Hadebe
King or chief (Ingonyama) Langalibalele ii is the reigning monarch of Hlubi people or amaHlubi of South Africa.
He has been monarch since 1974.
The Hlubi royal dynasty and amaHlubi are still fighting for kingship recognition officially by South African government like many other tribes.
Queen Phumaphi Hadebe
Queen Phumaphi, born a princess of Eswatini formerly swaziland. They married in 1976 and were blessed with four children namely: Late Prince Bhekamahlubi Hadebe, Late Prince Mandlenkosi Hadebe, Princess Zibuyile Zamahlubi Hadebe, Prince Sondezi Hadebe.
Prince Bhekamahlubi Hadebe
Late Prince Bhekamahlubi Hadebe of Hlubi, South Africa. He was the the son and heir of King or chief (Ingonyama) Langalibalele ii of Hlubi and Queen Phumaphi. He left living sons
Princess Zibuyile Zamahlubi Hadebe
Princess Zibuyile Zamahlubi Hadebe of Hlubi, South Africa. She is the only daughter of King or chief (Ingonyama) Langalibalele ii of Hlubi and Queen Phumaphi.
Prince Mandlenkosi Hadebe
Late Prince Mandlenkosi Hadebe was another son of King or chief Ingonyama Langalibalele ii and Queen Phumaphi.
Prince Sondezi Hadebe
Prince Sondezi Hadebe of Hlubi, South Africa. He is the only surviving son of HM King King or chief (Ingonyama) Langalibalele ii of Hlubi and Queen Phumaphi.
King Langalibalele i
King or Ingonyama is King Langalibalele ii of the Hlubi people or amaHlubi of South Africa who reigned from 1839-1889. He resisted the British colonial rule and this led to him being imprisoned and on house arrest under the orders of the British government then under Queen Victoria. The kingdom was destroyed by the colonial British government.
All photos courtesy of Princess Zibuyile Zamahlubi Hadebe, HlubiRSA, Isizwesamahkubi pages
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