Basutoland was renamed the Kingdom of Lesotho upon independence from the UK in 1966. The Basuto National Party ruled for the first two decades. King MOSHOESHOE was exiled in 1990, but returned to Lesotho in 1992 and was reinstated in 1995 and subsequently succeeded by his son, King LETSIE III, in 1996. Constitutional government was restored in 1993 after seven years of military rule. In 1998, violent protests and a military mutiny following a contentious election prompted a brief but bloody intervention by South African and Botswana military forces under the aegis of the Southern African Development Community. Subsequent constitutional reforms restored relative political stability. Peaceful parliamentary elections were held in 2002, but the National Assembly elections of February 2007 were hotly contested and aggrieved parties continue to dispute how the electoral law was applied to award proportional seats in the Assembly.

CIA World Factbook


Lesotho began printing stamps in 1966. Printing of Mary stamps began in 1972.




To view more information about a certain stamp, click on that stamp.
Pour lire les informations sur un timbre, appuyez sur ce timbre.


Adoration of the Shepherds

Adoration of the Shepherds

Adoration of the Shepherds



Sesotho Bible Centenary Mary and Child

Virgin and Child

Virgin and Child

Virgin and Child and Two Saints

Mary in a Halo on the Crescent Moon

Mary Breastfeeding Her Child

Holy Family with the Dragonfly

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Retour a Timbres Mariales



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