A long line of Zulu Kings

1781 to 1816 Senzangakhona
1816 to 1828 Shaka
1828 to 1840 Dingane
1840 to 1872 Mpande
1872 to 1879 Cetswayo
1879 to 1916 Dinizulu
1916 to 1933 Maphumazana
1933 to 1968 Cyprian Bhekezulu
1968 to Date His Majesty King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu

 

Royal Protocol

ARRIVAL

On arrival His Majesty is met at the door by the main host, accompanied by one or two people.
People welcoming His Majesty do not extend their hands for a handshake, but His Majesty does.
His Majesty is not touched or hugged.

By the time His Majesty and his entourage are escorted to the hall, everybody should be seated.

The Praise Singer announces the entry of His Majesty, his entourage, and the hosts.  His Majesty walks in front flanked by his host and security.
The Praise Singer walks about 1 metre ahead of the King.

Everybody stands up when His Majesty enters the venue.  After His Majesty has taken his seat, all females take their seats.  Men remain standing until the Praise Singer hails the King.

His Majesty, the King is the last (except in the presence of the State President) to be ushered into the venue and first to leave.  This therefore, necessitate for the provision of a holding area to allow fir the smooth observing of this protocol, especially if a meal is involved after the function.

People do not walk about when the Praise Singer recites.

SEATING

If invited His Majesty sits on the right hand of the host.
If His Majesty is traveling with a Queen, she sits next to him on his right.

ADDRESSING THE KING

His majesty the King is addressed as, HIS MAJESTY THE KING, HIS MAJESTY, ISILO, INGONYAMA, HLANGALOMHLABATHI, ISILO SAMABANDLA.
It is not allowed to refer to His Majesty the King by his first names.
His Royal Highness is used commonly to refer to the Queens, and other members of the Royal Family.

HAIL THE KING

The sequence of hailing the King is:-

WENA WENDLOVU!
WENA WENDLOVU!
BAYEDE!


The Praise Singer will lead the sequence.
The Audience follows the same sequence.
It is not necessary for every speaker to hail the King in this same sequence; they may simply address him as HIS MAJESTY or in one of the following terms HIS MAJESTY THE KING, ISILO, INGONYAMA, HLANGALOMHLABATHI, ISILO SAMABANDLA.
The Queens are addressed as HER ROYAL HIGHNESS or NDLUNKULU.
The Kings’ wives are addressed as the Queens or in zulu NDLUNKULU NOT WIFE.
The Praise Singer is referred to as INYOSI not IMBONGI, this is in respect of one of the Kings’ first names.

DECORATION / DRAPING

Black cloth is not allowed.
Royal colours are Royal Blue and Royal Maroon.
People sitting closer to the King are not allowed to sit with their backs to His Majesty.

THE KINGS’ ADDRESS

His Majesty is invited by a special selected person to the podium after having briefly presented.
The King speaks towards the end of the programme.  No one speaks after His Majesty has spoken, except the one who gives a vote of thanks or makes announcements, with some exceptions as demanded by circumstances.

EATING

No cameras while King is eating.
It is not allowed to disturb the King while breaking bread.
Up and down movements from the Kings’ table while the King is seated is not allowed.
Those breaking bread with the King do not leave the room/hall until his Majesty leaves.

GENERAL CONTACT

His Majesty is not touched or hugged.
The seats next to His Majesty must always be occupied.  If the host goes to the podium the next person must go and sit nearest to the King.
His Majesty may not be asked any questions about his children or queens.

INTERVIEWS

It is not generally allowed to conduct interviews with the King.
His address will be made available to members of the media who may not be able to record His Majesty while addressing the audience.

The host will communicate changes and amendments to the programme/procedure only to the designated official, not to His Majesty the King directly.