Phindile Nkambule, 17, was revealed to the public when she took part in a traditional Reed Dance ceremony, in which girls perform before the king.
The announcement comes just weeks after Mswati III ended an official ban on sex for women under 18. The ban was aimed at curbing the spread of HIV/Aids.
According to custom, King Mswati, 37, will marry Phindile Nkambule once she becomes pregnant.
She is reported to have caught the king's eye during the main annual Reed Dance in late August, when tens of thousands of bare-breasted girls took part in a traditional rite of Spring.
Monday, September 26, 2005
GOOD TO BE KING
King Mswati of Swaziland has picked a new, young bride. The BBC reports:
Yes, it is good to be king, even when you already have 12 other wives, one spare fiancee and 27 children.