The king of Swaziland, a landlocked country near the southeastern tip of Africa, looked every bit the young man-about-town yesterday as he strolled along the Inner Harbor's promenade with Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke.
King Mswati III's visit was brief: a stop at the National Aquarium, an exchange of gifts with the mayor at the World Trade Center -- a book and a City that Reads paperweight for a tray and banner -- and then the stroll. Dressed in a fashionably cut, mustard-colored, double-breasted suit, the king caused a stir as he and the mayor walked along the promenade, talking about his country's economic goals.
At age 23, he is Africa's youngest monarch. He has five wives and several children. In Swaziland, polygamy is used to cement alliances and unify the country. Each of King Mswati's wives comes from a different clan within the country. His father, King Sobhuza II, had 70 wives and 208 children.