Staff at Monkton Combe School played host to members of the imperial family of Ethiopia at the weekend.

Prince Asfa-Wossen Asserate, a great-nephew of the late emperor Haile Selassie visited the senior school in Church Lane on Sunday July 19.

The prince, who is a best-selling author and lives in Germany, came with his two sisters, his brother-in-law and an array of nephews and nieces.

He was keen to visit the school as his father was an old Monktonian.
Prince Asserate Kassa, the former governor and viceroy of Eritrea, attended the school from 1937 to 1938.

In 1988, he established the Prince Asserate Kassa prize for outstanding sportsmanship, which is awarded annually.

Prince Asfa-Wossen Asserate donated a ceremonial Ethiopian Coptic cross to the school’s chapel in memory of his father.

He has strong ties with Bath as his great-uncle Haile Selassie lived in the city, between 1936 and 1941 at Fairfield House, during his years in exile.

Source: Bath Chronicle


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