Princes in the Official Named Line of Succession to the Imperial Throne in Order of Presidence (Part 1)

Crown Prince Zera Yacob

His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Zera Yacob Amha Selassie
His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Zera Yacob Amha Selassie

Crown Prince Zera Yacob was born in 1953 in Addis Ababa, to his parents, then Crown Prince Asfaw Wossen Haile Selassie, and Crown Princess Medferiashwork Abebe Damtew. He was the youngest child, and only son of the then Crown Prince. Prince Zera Yacob attended and graduated from Eton College and Cambridge University in Great Britain. He was named “Acting Crown Prince” and Heir Presumptive to the Imperial throne of Ethiopia in 1974 by his grandfather Emperor Haile Selassie, following his father Crown Prince Asfaw Wossen’s severe stroke a year earlier. It had been feared that the Crown Prince would not live long, and so the line of succession was clarified by this act. Following the Ethiopian Revolution of 1974, and the murder of Emperor Haile Selassie in 1975, Prince Zera Yacob remained Heir Presumptive, and his father Heir Apparent. Neither Prince recognized the Derg’s proclamation of Crown Prince Asfaw Wossen as “King Designate” in 1974. Prince Zera Yacob was named Heir Apparent by his father when the Crown Prince assumed the title and name of Emperor Amha Selassie I, in exile, in April of 1989. Following the fall of the Ethiopian monarchy, Prince Zera Yacob completed his studies at Cambridge in the mid-seventies and went on to work as a banker in the United States. He returned to London to be closer to his parents in the early seventies when the Imperial Family was under great stress due to the deploying of assasins by the Derg to hunt them down. He was later married to former Princess Nunu Getaneh, and had a daughter, Her Imprial Highness Princess Lideta Zera Yacob, but was subsequently separated and divorced from his wife. Prince Zera Yacob accompanied his father Emperor Amha Selassie when he moved to Virginia in 1989, but later returned to England and resided for a time in Manchester. He has since returned to Ethiopia permanently. Crown Prince Zera Yacob has been regarded as head of the Imperial Family of Ethiopia since the death of his father in February 1997. He is first in line to succeed to the Imperial Throne. His Imperial Highness is the Soveriegn of Ethiopia’s old Imperial Orders, and is the founder and Soveriegn of the Imperial Ethiopian Order of Saint Mary of Zion.

Duke of Harrar

His Imperial Highness Prince Wossen Seged Makonnen (informally known as Prince Paul) is the eldest son of the late Prince Makonnen Haile Selassie Duke of Harrar, and Her Imperial Highness Princess Sara Gizaw Duchess of Harrar. He was born in 1947 in Addis Ababa. Prince Wossen Seged has been titular Duke of Harrar since the death of his father, Prince Makonnen in 1958. His Imperial Highness is currently Heir Presumptive of his cousin Crown Prince Zera Yacob, and second in line to the Ethiopian throne. His Imperial Highness was imprisoned by the Derg from 1974 until 1989.

Prince Mikael Makonnen (Made Yesus)

His Imperial Highness Prince Mikael Makonnen is the second son of the late Prince Makonnen Haile Selassie Duke of Harrar, and Her Imperial Highness Princess Sara Gizaw Duchess of Harrar. He is married to Princess Asrat Amha. His Imperial Highness is third in line to the Imperial Throne. His Imperial Highness was imprissoned by the Derg from 1974 until 1989.

Prince Yokshan Dawit and Prince Joel Dawit

Their Imperial Highnesses Prince Yokshan Dawit and Prince Joel Dawit are the elder and younger sons respectively, of the late Prince Dawit (Makonnen)Makonnen and his wife Her Imperial Highness Princess Adey Abeba Imiru Zeleke. Their father Prince Dawit was the third son of the late Prince Makonnen Duke of Harrar, and Her Imperial Highness Princess Sara Gizaw Duchess of Harrar. He died in exile in 1989. Prince Yokshan (born in 1978) is the fourth in line for the Imperial throne, and Prince Joel (born in 1982) is fifth in line.

Part 2