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April 14, 2018 – H.M. Yuhi VI, Head of the Royal House of Rwanda, visited Casale Monferrato (Italy) from 13 - 15 April to attend the Ball, dedicated to the 100thanniversary of the end of the last war of Italian Risorgimento: The First World War. Ana Bagration-Gruzinsky and Nugzar Bagration-Gruzinsky At the reception, H.M. Yuhi VI delivered a speech, full text of which can be found below: Your Imperial and Royal Highnesses; Your Excellencies; Ladies and Gentlemen; It pleases us…
December 20, 2017 -- In honour of Yuhi VI's birthday, a new digital book has been released of images from the reigns of Mutara III and Kigeli V, when the land now known as the country of Rwanda was part of Ruanda-Urundi. Gakondo Royal Images
December 14, 2017 -- A question has arisen regarding the current status of Mr. Cassani Pironti as a representative of the Royal House of Rwanda. While His Late Majesty Kigeli V lived, a structure was in place for representatives of the Royal House in parts of the world where English was not the primary language. Mr. Pironti served in this capacity as a representative for supporters who primarily spoke Italian. However, Yuhi VI revised this structure and has centralized the…
December 3, 2017 -- British newspaper The Times published today this article about H.M. Yuhi VI: Room for the King of Rwanda on the guest list, Harry?
November 17, 2017 -- H.M. Yuhi VI and a senior adviser attended a gathering of imperial, royal, and noble persons in Palermo, Italy, for the presentation of the Dr. Otto von Habsburg award to H.R.H. Prince Leka II Zogu, the head of the royal House of Albania. Also attending the event were H.I.R.H. Archduchess Monika von Habsburg, Princess of Hungary, Duchess de Santangelo; H.I.R.H. Archduke Josef Karl Habsburg-Lothringen, the head of the Imperial and Royal House of Austria-Hungary; H.R.H. Dom…
October 27, 2017 -- H.M.Yuhi VI, Head of the Royal House of Rwanda, along with a senior adviser to the Royal House, visited Rome from 3 - 5 October. Arriving on the 3rd, they were received by H.E. Professor Dr. med. Annette Schavan, the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Holy See, at a reception held in Germany's embassy. On 4 October, His Majesty visited St. Peter's Basilica and attended Mass at H.H. Pope Saint John Paul…
October 17, 2017 -- To honour the one-year anniversary yesterday of the death of His Late Majesty, two Masses were held. The first was in Fátima, a special place revered by His Late Majesty in Portugal. A second Mass was held in the Sanctuary Church of the Blessed Sacrament in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
October 16, 2017 -- To memorialize the sad one-year anniversary of His Late Majesty King Kigeli V's death, a new book has been composed on the role of nobiliary and chivalric distinctions in the modern world. The author, Stewart Addington Saint-David, wrote Honor and Devotion for release on this day as a tribute to the late King. The book may be viewed here: Honor and Devotion
September 8, 2017 -- Thoughts and prayers are extended for those suffering in the Caribbean islands, particularly Antigua and Barbuda, from the effects of Hurricane Irma. H.M. Yuhi VI and his staff pray that Florida and other states will be spared significant devastation.
September 8, 2017 -- The honours of Benedikt Gellrich are revoked for cause.
June 29, 2017 -- To honour what would have been His Late Majesty's 81st birthday today, a new memorial edition of his biography is released. This may be downloaded on the following file: Umwami Online Memorial Edition
June 4, 2017 -- Yuhi VI and his advisers express deep sorrow for the victims and their families in the attack on London Bridge. He mourns along with his fellow British citizens.
May 22, 2017 - H.M. Yuhi VI and the advisers of the Royal House express their thoughts and prayers for his fellow residents of Manchester. No words can comfort those who lost loved ones, including beloved children, but Manchester residents, and all others affected, are in our hearts today. 
May 10, 2017 -- H.M. Yuhi VI is pleased to continue the tradition of his uncle, H.M. King Kigeli V, in supporting the education of Rwandans. In recent weeks, the Foundation again provided a scholarship to a Rwandan student studying in France. The King Kigeli Foundation also wishes to express sincere appreciation to all donors, particularly The Coeta and Donald Barker Foundation, Saint Lazarus Relief Fund (a registered 501(c)(3)), and to Ratu Muda Karen Cantrell. The Rwandese student is an…
April 7, 2017 -- H.M. Yuhi VI was honoured to receive the Grand Cross of the FK HuDM Order of Merit, which is under the patronage of H.I.R.H. Andrea Maria von Habsburg-Lothringen, Archduchess of Austria, Hereditary Countess of Neipperg, etc. The FK HuDM is a fraternal organization in Germany. H.M. Yuhi VI and the advisers of the Royal House of Rwanda greatly respect the contributions of the Habsburg Imperial and Royal House in the history of Europe, and he is…
March 30, 2017 -- Updated guidance and clarification of the Honours system of the de jure Kingdom of Rwanda, with Yuhi VI as Head of the Royal House, is now ready for publication.
March 22, 2017 -- H.M. Yuhi VI and the staff of the Royal House of Rwanda extend their condolences to the victims and their families of the attack in London today outside the Houses of Parliament. Prayers will continue to be made to give the grieving families peace and comfort in this difficult time.
March 10, 2017 -- Yuhi VI, Head of the Royal House of Rwanda, wishes to formally congratulate H.R.H. Prince Davit Bagration-Mukhrani on the presentation of the Grand Collar of the Eagle of Georgia to H.M. Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The Collar was graciously received on The Queen's behalf by T.R.H. The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester at Kensington Palace on the 8th of March 2017. Prince Davit’s Royal House and the Royal House of Rwanda…
February 15, 2017 -- It is with deep sadness that H.M. Yuhi VI and the Chancellery of the Royal House express condolences to H.R.H. Dom Duarte Pio, Duke of Braganza, and the other members of the Royal family of Portugal for the death of H.R.H. D. Infante Henrique, Duke of Coimbra. A letter is being prepared by the Royal House.
February 9, 2017 -- From February 2nd through February 5th, H.M. Yuhi VI, Chancellor Benzinge, and Mr. Ben Benzinge visited Portugal to strengthen fraternal ties with some other Royal Houses. H.M. Yuhi VI, H.R.H. Princess Owana Ka'ohelelani Kehekili Mahealani-Rose La'anui Salazar, and Portuguese Chancellor Carlos Evaristo observe H.R.H. Dom Duarte, Duke of Braganza, as he signs the paperwork to become the Regent of the Prester John Institute. During the visit, a wreath was laid by Yuhi VI at the memorial…
January 15, 2017 -- The Prester John Institute, working in accord with the Crown Council of Rwanda, has issued the following statement: "CLARIFICATION - The Prester John Institute being aware of various misleading comments circulating and having been contacted by Royal Patrons and Members with requests for clarification regarding the Proclamation of the new Head of the Royal House of Rwanda and the Acclamation and Treatment of H.R.H. Prince Emmanuel Bushayija as His Majesty King Yuhi VI, Hereby informs the…
January 15, 2017 -- His Late Majesty was laid to rest at Nyanza, Rwanda, at the burial site of his elder brother, H.M. King Mutara III. Nyanza is also where His Late Majesty had his enthronement as Mwami. A video link to some of the ceremony is below: Video Highlights of His Late Majesty's Funeral The Film is Courtesy of Kigali Today TV The Prester John Institute, of which His Late Majesty was a founding member, had the following insightful…
January 12, 2017 -- Various news outlets are covering the announcement of H.M. Yuhi VI. The following are a representative sample: Royal Central The Times The Sun The Telegraph The Mirror BBC A number of events in Fatima, Portugal, that show honour to both His Late Majesty Kigeli V and the newly proclaimed H.M. Yuhi VI may be seen on video: Videos of Various Events Attended by H.M. Yuhi VI in Portugal
January 12, 2017 -- A video has been released from yesterday, January 11, wherein the memorial to H.M. King Kigeli V was officially blessed and inaugurated with relics of His Late Majesty. The memorial is at Ourém Castle Portugal, Headquarters of the Prester John Institute, of which His Late Majesty was Regent and a founding Member. Blessing and Inauguration of Memorial to H.M. King Kigeli V
January 12, 2017 -- A video of a funeral Mass organized by the Prester John Institute and held on January 11, 2017 in Fatima, Portugal, a location deeply revered by H.M. King Kigeli. The funeral Mass was attended by H.M. Yuhi VI; H.R.H. Dom Duarte, Duke of Braganza; other members of the Royal House of Portugal; S.E. Chancellor Dr. Carlos Evaristo; S.E. Chancellor Boniface Benzinge, and other supporters. Funeral Mass for H.M. King Kigeli V of Rwanda H.R.H. Dom Duarte,…
January 12, 2017 -- A video from January 9, 2017, has been released wherein Chancellor Boniface Benzinge announces the successor to His Majesty King Kigeli V: Declaration of Successor to H.M. King Kigeli V and Creation of Crown Council Chancellor Boniface Benzinge is authorised to perform this function, as the abiru have done for hundreds of years, as His Late Majesty declared in 2006: The current Secretary General is Guye Pennington, and the current Deputy Secretary General is Craig Paterson.…
January 9, 2017 -- His Late Majesty King Kigeli V's body arrived in Rwanda today, and he was greeted by some members of the Royal family. It has been a difficult period for members of the Royal family, especially given the different perspectives held regarding His Late Majesty's burial wishes, but it is hoped that healing can now begin and the Royal family can unite behind His Late Majesty's successor, H.R.H. Prince Emmanuel (titular King Yuhi VI). A video of…
January 9, 2017 – The Chancellery and Royal Council of the de jure Kingdom of Rwanda are pleased to announce the successor to H.M. King Kigeli V, the last king to reign in Rwanda. Traditionally, this is announced by the abiru, the traditional secret guardians of the Mwami’s secrets, including the knowledge of the heir, at the burial of the previous king. However, given that the Chancellery, Royal Council, and some members of the Royal family do not have custody…
January 6, 2017 -- Following the death and Requiem Mass that was celebrated for His Late Majesty King Kigeli V of Rwanda at the Roman Catholic Parish he attended in Virginia, USA, it is now confirmed that a half-sister of His Late Majesty, backed by the current government of Rwanda, filed suit in a U.S. court against two of His Majesty's nephews, the nephews being supported by the Chancellery and Royal Council (established by His Majesty), for possession of the…
January 3, 2017 -- The Imperial House of Ethiopia, under Crown Council President H.I.H. Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie, has issued a public statement regarding persons misrepresenting to the public that they speak for the Imperial House when they do not. The Royal House of Rwanda continues to support the Imperial House and Prince Ermias. To now show this support, the Royal House makes public that disciplinary actions have been performed, and honours, where given, have been revoked.
December 18, 2016 -- His Late Majesty received notice that he was to receive the President's Volunteer Service Award, also known as the Lifetime Achievement Award, for his non-profit work in the United States a few months ago. Regrettably, the paperwork did not arrive until after his death. Nonetheless, His Late Majesty's advisers wish to share this civil award granted on behalf of U.S. President Barack Obama: In addition, Albizu University in Miami, Florida, accredited by the Middle States Association…
December 9, 2016 -- Efforts continue by His Late Majesty's advisers to honor the de jure Kingdom of Rwanda. Audio recordings have been found within Hugh Tracey's International Library of African Music that includes music of the Kingdom of Rwanda from 1952. This music was during the reign of H.M. King Mutara III, and it was seven years before H.M. King Kigeli V became Mwami. Within this work, which includes several Royal drum rhythms, praise songs, a hunting song, a…
November 17, 2016 -- A number of solemn Masses have been held for His Late Majesty King Kigeli V around the world. On October 31, a traditional Mass in Latin was held for His Majesty at St Athanasius Roman Catholic Church, and His Late Majesty's body was present. Out of respect for the sanctity of the service, no pictures were taken of the Mass. His Late Majesty was honored by the attendance of T.I.H. the Prince and Princess Ermias of…
November 15, 2016 -- The following is an update on His Late Majesty’s burial arrangements. His Majesty’s long-term wish during life was to return to Rwanda as the King, a statement he made many times publicly on many radio interviews, including in his last video interview before his death, under the dignity of an anointed king that he was. This is in accordance with the General Assembly of the United Nations Resolutions number 1580 and 1579 of December 20th, 1960,…
October 25, 2016 -- Given the number of requests for information received, clarification is needed regarding the succession customs practiced for hundreds of years. In full accord with Rwandan tradition, the heir and new head of the royal family of Rwanda will be announced at the burial of His Late Majesty. This is a separate and distinct event from holy masses performed in honor of His Majesty, some of which have already occurred and will continue in the future. Questions…
October 21, 2016 -- His Late Majesty's final video interview, conducted by the Olga Papkovitch, CEO & Founder of PopImpressKA Art Couture & Journal, has been released in an uncut version. It was not known to be His Majesty's last interview when it was conducted, but his love for the Holy Church and the people of Rwanda are evident in the conversation. The interview may be viewed by clicking on the below link: Interview with H.M. King Kigeli V
October 17, 2016 -- Several parties have expressed interest in assisting with any final expenses. His Late Majesty's staff is touched by the overwhelming kindness and generosity of supporters and well-wishers in this time of grief. His Late Majesty vigorously supported self-betterment through education, so any donations to educational institutions that support Rwandan students in His Majesty's name would be greatly appreciated. For any supporters who specifically wish to help off-set final expenses of His Late Majesty, donations will be…
October 16, 2016 -- It is with a very heavy heart that we announce that His Majesty King Kigeli V Ndahindurwa, the last King of Rwanda, died early this morning. He was a devout and dedicated believer and the last anointed African Roman Catholic king to reign over a full country. Funeral details, the heir to the Royal throne of Rwanda, and related details are being discussed and will be announced in good order. His Majesty, born as Jean-Baptiste Ndahindurwa…
October 5, 2016 -- His Majesty was featured in an interview for a humanitarian issue of PopImpressKA Journal, a magazine that highlights art and creative endeavors. His Majesty and Chancellor Benzinge were honored to be involved in this publication, and they offer thanks to Olga Papkovitch and her staff for their efforts. Thanks also are extended to Paul Borrow-Longain and Secretary General Guye Pennington.
October 3, 2016 -- The honour for Thomas Antonius Beuvink has been removed for cause.
October 2, 2016 -- The honour for Andrew Henry George Stourton has been revoked for cause, and His Majesty's patronage of The International Academy for Genealogical and Heraldic Studies is removed. His Majesty no longer has any affiliation with this organization, and the website for IAGHS should remove all mention of His Majesty's name.
September 17, 2016 -- His Majesty was pleased to award the Grand Cross of the Royal Order of the Crown of Rwanda to his dear friend, H.I.H. Prince Ermias Sahle Selassie, President of the Crown Council of Ethiopia and grandson of H.I.M. Haile Selessie, Emperor of Ethiopia. H.I.H. Prince Ermias had previously been granted the Grand Collar of the Royal Order of the Drum and Grand Cross of the Royal Order of the Lion (the latter was also awarded to…
September 16, 2016 - His Majesty is pleased to announce his patronage of the D Foundation, a British charity whose mission is to help disadvantaged youth, often of African descent, get experience and break into artistic fields. Rwandan culture, music, and fashion will be highlighted in upcoming months, and a concert series is in development. The D Foundation is a registered charity in England & Wales, with a mission to support youth and young adults secure the skills, experience, and…
September 13, 2016 -- A question has been presented to the Foundation regarding how recipients are chosen for Orders and titles of nobility, and public clarification is warranted. The current process is comprised of a selection committee of His Majesty, his Chancellor, and the Secretary General of the Foundation, and awards are based on merit. This is a combination of past demonstrable charitable work, occupational achievement, and educational background. University degrees from the United States must be from a regionally-accredited…
June 29, 2016 -- The next award was given by a representative of H.R.H. Dom Duarte, Duke of Braganza, who presented His Majesty with the Order of Merit of the Royal House of Portugal at the rank of Grand Collar. His Majesty is honored and touched by the continued kindness of the Royal House of Portugal. H.R.H. Prince Nugzar Bagrationi-Gruzinski and his daughter, H.R.H. Princess Anna, stand and are recognized for the grant of the Order of Saint King David…
June 29, 2016 -- Prior to the official dinner, guests at the celebration of the 80th Anniversary of the Nativity of His Majesty were given a private audience in a chamber with His Majesty. His Majesty is briefed by an adviser before the guests receive entry into the private chamber. His Majesty greets Ian Paisley, MP. His Majesty begins the procession into the dining room. A wonderful surprise was the arrival of a talented opera singer, who performed several great…
June 29, 2016 -- It is the 80th Anniversary of the Nativity of His Majesty King Kigeli V of Rwanda. His Majesty's first engagement of the day was The National Liberal Club, which is part of the historic Whitehall Palace. An architectural temple was dedicated to His Majesty; the only other African to enjoy this decoration was His Majesty's friend, H.E. Nelson Mandela, the former President of South Africa. As an aside, amongst his many honours, Dr. Mandela received the…
June 28, 2016 -- His Majesty began the day with a highly enjoyable visit to Kelmscott School in East London. It was a pleasure to visit some of the classrooms and see the hard work of the administrators and teachers. His Majesty was further delighted to have students practice their French with him. His Majesty is introduced to the students in one classroom. The next stop was the City of London. His Majesty received the Freedom of the City of…
June 27, 2016 -- His Majesty's delegation met with Professor Michael Proctor FRS, the Provost of King's College in Cambridge University, and some of his senior staff. The delegation thoroughly enjoyed both the tremendous architecture at the university and also the opportunity to meet senior staff. A champagne reception was held in His Majesty's honor, and the Provost was given a custom pair of cuff links with His Majesty's heraldry on it. Author of picture: Dmitry Tonkonog In the evening,…
June 24, 2016 -- In honor of His Majesty's upcoming 80th anniversary of his nativity, H.R.H. Dom Duarte, Duke of Braganza, graciously will award the Order of Merit of the Royal House of Portugal at the rank of Grand Collar, of which the collar was received today by His Majesty's Private Secretary. This beautiful collar and the accompanying Letters Patent will be presented to His Majesty on 29 June. His Majesty is deeply touched and thankful for his friendship with…
April 29, 2016 -- A royal delegation, on behalf of His Majesty, traveled to Malta to support one of our charitable partners. A highlight of the meeting was a visit with the head of state of Malta, Her Excellency Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, the President of Malta. Chancellor Benzinge is third from the left, while President Preca is center left. The delegation also met H.R.H. Don Leopold Nisnoni, the 4th Raja of Kupang and 21st Liurai of Sonbai Kecil (in…
March 9 , 2016 -- His Majesty and the King Kigeli Foundation are delighted to announce the award of a sizeable scholarship to a Rwandan student (name withheld for privacy) studying architecture in France. The King Kigeli Foundation also wishes to express sincere appreciation to all donors, particularly Fashion Group International of the Desert Communities - Regional Director Jack Williams and HOLSJ - United States Grand Priory - Christopher A. Chambers, Chancellor. The left two pictures are recent, while the…
February 8, 2016 -- His Majesty is pleased to receive the following royal portrait: This portrait was commissioned by a supporter.
January 1, 2016 -- In the birth of a new year, His Majesty issued the following statement for all Rwandans: New Year's Message
November 15 , 2015 -- Fraternal ties were developed with H.R.H. Prince Nugzar Bagrationi-Gruzinski and his royal House. His Majesty presents his compliments to H.R.H. Prince Nugzar and his heir, H.R.H. Princess Anna. Update on January 19, 2016 -- Given a number of questions from the public, the below clarifies the exchange: Recently, having been approached by His Royal Highness Prince Nugzar Bagrationi-Gruzinski, with the intent of establishing fraternal ties, His Majesty accepted his friendship and so recognized the aforementioned…
October 10 , 2015 -- A ball was held in support of U.S. servicemembers, and His Majesty was a distinguished guest of honor. Unfortunatley, a last-minute complication prevented His Majesty from attending in person, but he was instead represented at the event by S.E. Comte Dr. Paul Dreschnack, GCDR, GCCR, GCCCR, GCLR. Attendees pay respect for the honor guard representing all of the U.S. defense forces. Dr. Dreschnack receives a portrait on behalf of His Majesty. He then discusses charitable…
September 9 , 2015 -- Congratulations were sent to H.M. Queen Elizabeth II in honor of her historic length of reign. Her Majesty continues to inspire with service and dedication to her peoples around the world. Letter of Congratulations to H.M. Queen Elizabeth II His Majesty received a kind, personal letter back from the Chief Secretary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
June 24, 2015 -- In recent weeks, Guye Pennington was appointed as the new Secretary General for the King Kigeli Foundation and Private Secretary to His Majesty. His undergraduate work is in finance at the University of Louisville, his Masters in Business Administration is from Indiana University, and he completed the American Banking Association's Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin.
H.I.H. Prince Ermias watches H.M. King Kigeli award the Order of the Lion at the rank of Grand Cross to The Hon. Lady Blanka Rosentiel, the Honorary Consul of Poland March 3, 2007 -- A benefit for displaced Ethiopian and Rwandan refugees was held at the Hyatt Regency in Miami, Florida. H.M. King Kigeli V and H.I.H. Prince Ermias of the Ethiopian Crown Council lent their royal and imperial support, and the event was further honored by the attendance of…
H.E. Chancellor Boniface Benzinge, His Majesty King Kigeli V, and H.I.H. Prince Ermias pose for a formal picture. January 27, 2007 -- His Majesty, Chancellor Boniface Benzinge, and Alex Montague attended a ball devoted to Polish tradition and celebration in the Grand Ballroom of the Surf Club in Surfside, Florida. His Majesty was also able to visit with his friend, H.I.H. Prince Ermias of Ethiopia.
His Majesty with T.R.H. the Duke and Duchess of Bragança as well as the Bishop of Sao Tome (taken at the Duke’s palace in Lisbon, Portugal) December 31 , 2006 -- An opportunity to visit the holy sites of one’s faith can often be the highlight of a lifetime. His Majesty the King recently fulfilled this long-held wish through a visit to Portugal and Spain. With Chancellor Boniface Benzinge, Secretary General Alex Montague, and his wife, Maria Montague, with the…
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