The King of the Kingdom of Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), Mswatti III, has chosen Marbella for his holidays this spring.
The monarch, who came to the throne at only 14 years old after the death of his father, lunched at El Ancla last weekend, one of Marbella’s most renowned beach clubs, reserving the entire terrace and enjoying some flamenco, alongside his huge security detail.
The king is considered one of Africa’s last absolute monarchs, and despite this does not appear to keep anything private, recently acquiring a private plane which amounted to 25 per cent of the government’s annual budget.
The kingdom’s economy relies heavily on neighbouring South Africa and international aid, being one of the smallest and poorest countries in the world, with 69 per cent of its citizens living under the poverty line and a life expectancy of only 51 years old – the same age as the king.
While on the Costa del Sol, Mswatti stayed at one of Marbella Club’s most luxurious villas along with his family, which includes 14 wives and 35 children, for whom he has built luxurious palaces in their home country.