HER MAJESTY INDLOVUKAZI
Her Majesty the Queen Mother (Indlovukazi) of the Kingdom of Swaziland has been the Indlovukazi (Great She-Elephant) since 1986. She was born Ntombi Tfwala and she is the Mother to His Majesty, King Mswati III. As per Swazi custom, Her Majesty became Queen Mother when His Majesty King Mswati III was crowned as king of Swaziland. Prior to that, the Queen Mother was Regent of Swaziland from 1983 until 1986. In essence, the “Indlovukazi” is the Mother of the Swazi nation, and as part of her traditional role, she rules together with His Majesty the King.
In accordance with Swazi law and Custom and the Constitution, until a king is installed and has publicly assumed the functions and responsibilities of a king, or during any period when, by reason of absence from Swaziland, or any other cause, unable to perform the functions of his office, those functions are performed by the Queen Mother, acting as Queen Regent.