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Amha Selassie I, Emperor of Ethiopia

(1916-1997), Foreign dignitary; son of Haile Selassie I

Sitter in 4 portraits
Born Asfaw Wossen Taffari on 27 July 1916, he became known as Crown Prince Asfaw Wossen of Ethiopia when his father, Haile Selassie, was crowned Emperor on 2 November 1930. After accession his full reign name was His Imperial Majesty Emperor Amha Selassie I, Elect of God, Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah and King of Kings of Ethiopia. He was married to Princess Wolete Israel Seyoum, with whom he had a daughter, Princess Ijigayehu. Following the Italian invasion of Ethiopia in 1936, the Crown Prince and the rest of the Imperial family went into exile. The Crown Prince and his wife separated in 1938, and eventually divorced in 1941.

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Amha Selassie I, Emperor of Ethiopia as Crown Prince Asfaw Wossen

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 14 January 1932
NPG x150144

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