Sentebale Celebrates the Royal Wedding
The Duke of Sussex jointly founded Sentebale with Prince Seeiso in 2006, and for the Sentebale team, his wedding was an important moment for celebration, and shone a spotlight on charities, causes and communities around the world.
In Lesotho, the team held a traditional wedding day celebration at the Mamohato Children’s Centre, complete with Basotho blankets, ITV, who filmed the celebrations as part of their Royal Wedding coverage, set up screens so the team could watch the event live!
Whilst the team dressed up in bold, bright Basotho fabrics, students from St Bernadette Resource Centre for the Blind (a community partner supported by Sentebale) and local herd boys also joined in the party spirit with singing and dancing.
Palesa Mphohle, Lesotho Country Director, said: “it’s important and meaningful to share in the happiness of the day and seize the moment together – it is an honour to share in the joy that this occasion brings to all of us at Sentebale. We sincerely share the warmth he is now feeling and we can only wish them the best.”
Sebabatso Raliengoane, Youth Hub Co-ordinator, said: “For us, Prince Harry is like family, he is one of us. If Prince Harry had not set up Sentebale, we as a team would not be working together every day. We therefore thought it imperative to celebrate his wedding to celebrate his work to date, and in anticipation of the work that will follow.”
We were delighted that some of the team were invited to join in the very special celebrations in Windsor at the weekend, including Malineo ‘Ma’ Motsephe and Ntoli (pictured below), Tholo and Mutsu, who have all been part of Sentebale’s work in Lesotho since the beginning.
Our guests from Lesotho, who were named some of the ‘best dressed’ by the Telegraph, were among the first to greet the newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex as they left St George’s Chapel on Saturday.
During the Royal Wedding week, the Botswana team celebrated the wedding in Gaborone with the British High Commissioner, Ms Katy Ransome and the US Ambassador, Earl R. Miller, at an event focusing on the work the Duke and Duchess of Sussex do to support youth, women’s empowerment, health, and the Armed Forces.
On the day of the wedding, Head of Programmes K.T. and Let Youth Lead Advocate Bakang were interviewed on Duma FM to talk about the important work that Sentebale is doing for young people affected by HIV in the country.
Congratulations to the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex, from everyone at Sentebale!