Kigeli V

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Date of Birth June 29, 1936
Place of Birth Rwanda
Date of Death Oct 16, 2016 (80)
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Kigeli V of Rwanda

Kigeli V Ndahindurwa was the last ruling King of Rwanda, from 28 July 1959 until the abolition of the Rwandan monarchy on 25 September 1961, shortly before the country acceded to independence from Belgium. After a brief period of moveabouts after leaving Rwanda, the titular King lived in exile during the final part of his life in the town of Oakton, Virginia, United States. In exile, he was known for heading the King Kigeli V Foundation, an organisation promoting humanitarian work for Rwandan refugees. He was also notable for his activities in maintaining the dynastic, cultural heritage of his formerly reigning royal house, including noble titles, dynastic orders of chivalry and other distinctions. After the king's death, a successor was said to be shortly revealed. In January 2017, it was announced that Yuhi VI of Rwanda would succeed him. Yuhi VI is the nephew of both the late King Kigeli V and the previous King Mutara III, as well as a grandson of King Yuhi V of Rwanda.

Predecessor: Mutara III of Rwanda
Successor: Yuhi VI of Rwanda (in pretense)
Born: June 29, 1936, Kamembe, Ruanda-Urundi
Died: October 16, 2016, Washington D.C, U.S.
Burial: 15 January 2017, Nyanza District, Rwanda
Clan: Abanyiginya
Father: Yuhi V of Rwanda
Mother: Mukashema Bernadette
Religion: Roman Catholicism

About Kigeli V

Member of the abolished Rwandan monarchy who was the country's king from 1959 to 1961.

Before Fame

He studied at the Nyangezi College in the Republic of the Congo.

Achievement

The monarchy was overthrown in 1961 after a coup and he lived in Washington D.C. after appealing for political asylum in 1992.

Family Life

He is the younger brother of King Mutara Rudahigwa.

Associations

He engaged in political talks with President Paul Kagame about returning to Rwanda.

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  • Grand Crosses of the Order of the Queen of Sheba
  • Rwandan exiles
  • Rwandan kings
  • Recipients of the Order of Solomon
  • Rwandan emigrants to the United States
  • Rwandan human rights activists
  • Rwandan monarchy
  • Knights Grand Cross of the Order of the Immaculate Conception of Vila Viçosa
  • Tutsi people
  • Pretenders to the Rwandan throne
  • Rwandan Christian pacifists
  • Humanitarians
  • Leaders ousted by a coup
  • Roman Catholic monarchs
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Latest information about Kigeli V updated on February 23, 2021.

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