Lesotho Independence Day

Lesotho Independence Day

October 4
Formerly Basutoland, the Kingdom of Lesotho was formally granted its independence from Great Britain on this day in 1966. It had been a British colony since the 1860s.
Before the flag-changing ceremonies at midnight to symbolize Lesotho's new autonomy, a colorful procession took place as King Moshoeshoe II (b. 1938) paraded in full regalia leading 100 chiefs into the capital city of Maseru.
CONTACTS:
Lesotho Embassy
2511 Massachusetts Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
202-797-5533; fax: 202-234-6815
www.lesothoemb-usa.gov.ls
SOURCES:
AnnivHol-2000, p. 167
NatlHolWrld-1968, p. 186
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