King Zwelithini Goodwill kaBhekuzulu (b. 27 July 1948) is the reigning king of the Zulu Nation and provincial head of state of KwaZulu Natal – his sovereignty protected by the Traditional Leadership Clause of South Africa’s Constitution. His Majesty was installed as the eighth monarch of the Zulus in 1971 and is greatly beloved by his people.
As the protector of the Zulu nation, His Majesty has revived cultural events like the Umhlanga reed ceremony and Ukweshwama first fruits ceremony. He has also travelled extensively, both locally and internationally, to promote peace, goodwill, local agriculture and tourism, and is a global ambassador for the continent, the country, Thanda and the Zulu nation.
His Majesty Zwelithini Goodwill kaBhekuzulu officially opened Thanda Private Game Reserve on 22nd of May 2004. This picture shows His Majesty with Thanda's owners Christin and Dan Olofsson.