Princess Ndonsa, Heir Presumptive

HRH Princess Ndonsa, Heir Presumptive

The line of succession to the Ibutho throne is the ordered list of people eligible to succeed to the throne of Ibutho izulu. The succession is regulated by the Constitutional Reform: Succession, Membership in the Royal Family, and Styles Act of 3645. Passed in response to HM King Mlungisi's 3643 Lauza, the Act limits monarchical succession to matralineal descendants and antecedents of Queen Nomvula The Queen Mother, as determined by male-preference uterine, religion, and legitimate marriage.

Determination of EligibilityEdit

Male-Preference UterineREdit

  • Uterine: Nephews succeed Uncles; Sons succeed Mothers; male-line descendants are always disqualified
  • Birth Order: Older Nephews always come before younger Nephews; Older Sons always come before younger Sons
  • Proximity: Descendants of older Sisters always come before descendants of younger Sisters
  • Gender: Nephews always come before Nieces in the same line except as below; Sons always come before Daughters in the same line except as below; Rules applying to one gender apply equally to the other except as regards male-line descent and gender preference
  • Collateral Pairing: Once any sibling succeeds, Gender Preference is abandoned for Gender Pairing: the Regnant is paired to the eldest Sister and her descendants, the next eldest Brother is paired to the next eldest Sister and her descendants, and so on; Sisters paired to senior Brothers always come before Brothers paired to junior Sisters; Paired Sisters always come before unpaired Brothers
  • Exhaustion: Descendants of a paired Sister always come before such Sister; Descendants of a Sister with no Brothers always come before such Sister; Brothers and Sisters always come before Uncles and Aunts; the active lineAL always comes before collateral lines


Legitimate MarriageEdit

  • Sovereign Permit: Historically, Ibutho nationals were barred from marriage without express consent of the monarch. Since the 3643 Lauza reforms, this policy applies only to Royals and the izinDuna.
  • Isicoco: Ibutho monarchs historically granted the Isicoco to nationals who had completed military conscription. Under Ibutho law, marriage was disallowed prior to or during military service. Since the 3643 Lauza reforms, this policy applies only to Royals and the izinDuna.
  • Spousal Sympathy: Anyone who marries a spouse not In Sympathy with the Inkolo Esintsundu Sizwe Syncretic faith is permanently excluded from the succession.

Historical and Hypothetical ExamplesEdit

Eligibility Prior to 3643Edit

Under ancient Ibutho law, succession was by agnatic primogeniture and limited to male descendants of the Ranking House. The Ibutho nobility, historically polygamous, determined House Rank based on date of legitimate marriage. In reverse order, the House Ranks were Right-Hand House, Left-Hand Houses, Great House.

Right-Hand HouseEdit

The Wife first-wed always lead the Right-Hand House. Descendants born to this House were barred from succession except by depletion of collateral lines within the Great House and all Left-Hand Houses. The Eldest Son of the Right-Hand served as Guardian of the Great House Heir. The Right-Hand House was responsible for the execution of state rituals and preservation of the monarch's heritage.

The Great HouseEdit

The Wife wed at the pinnacle of the monarch's power lead the Great House. The Eldest Son within the Great House was born Heir Apparent. All other Sons within the Great House ranked behind the Eldest Son by primogeniture. The Wife of this House succeeded to the title Queen Mother upon her Son's succession. Because Kings often wed Great House wives late in their reigns, such wives tended to be significantly younger than their husbands and the heirs to the throne they birthed often succeeded to the throne before adulthood as a result. The reigning monarch as of 3650, HM King Mlungisi, himself succeeded to the Shabangu throne by right of the Great House.

Left-Hand HousesEdit

When the monarch wed three or more Wives, such Wives each led a Left-Hand House. All Left-Hand Houses were junior to the Great House and senior to the Right-Hand House. Between themselves, the Left-Hand Houses were ranked in descending order from the Wife first-wed immediately after the Great House Wife to the last-wed Wife, and thereafter in descending order from the Wife last-wed immediately before the Great House Wife to the first-wed Wife.


These laws of succession were operative in the House of Shabangu estates and throughout Ibutho with few exceptions until the mid-37th century. Prompted by the death and incapacitation of his second and eldest Sons respectively, and disqualification by illegitimate marriage, desertion of office, and expatriation of his youngest Son and Heir Apparent, The King abandoned the House Ranking system in favor of his Sister's Sons in 3643.

Line of successionEdit

The list below of persons eligible to succeed The King is limited to Queen Nomvula The Queen Mother's matralineal descendants and matralineal descendants of Queen Nomvula's matralineal antecedents in the nearest collateral line, namely, the other eligible descendants of Queen Nomvula's mother (numbered 6 + ). Descendants and antecedents not eligible to succeed by reason of death and/or disqualification are listed in italics.

Dynasts' position in the line of succession may change as a result of events such as births or deaths.

Line of Succession Prior to King Andile's AccessionEdit

The Line of Succession Prior to King Andile III's Accession is the line of succession as it operated during the reign of King Andile III's predeccessor, King Mlungisi. Until King Mlungisi's death, then-Prince Andile was the person first eligible to succeed. However, he was directly followed in the list by his brother Prince Ncelebana rather than by the current heir, Princess Ndonsa. This is due to the rule of Collateral Pairing which had not yet been activated for then-Prince Andile and his siblings as none of them had yet acceded to the throne.

When Princess Ndonsa begins a family, she will be directly followed in the line of succession by her own children. This is due to Princess Ndonsa's gender, on account of which her children will be born Blood Royal Undoubted and will be eligible to succeed to the throne as a result. This is in contrast to King Andille III's and King Mlungisi's children who are exluded from the line of succession due to being born only Blood Royal.

Legend and notes:

R All listed familial relationships mean blood relation to the reigning monarch except 'Uncles' and 'Mothers' in the Uterine provision, which refer to the reigning monarch himself or herself, and 'sibling' in the Collateral Pairing provision, which refers to any sibling of a person eligible to succeed.
AL Active Line means the person most recently eligible to succeed and their descendants, or the deceased person who would have been most recently eligible to succeed had they lived and their descendants
Small Gold Crown The incumbent sovereign.
15px-Simple silver crown.svg Previous sovereigns.
1 - 3 Rank in Line of Succession prior to 3643 Lauza Reforms.
PD Excluded by patralineal descent.
MwI Married without Isicoco.
F Excluded by reason of female gender under pre-Lauza Succession Law.
NM Not members of the Royal Family due to not bearing the rank of Prince. Therefore identities unknown as of 3650.

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