Ethnic break-down: The Emperor was Amhara from Harrar and Shoa, the Empress was also Amhara from Wollo. I am working on ethnic lines of the family. Come back for updates.
Names of the people in the photograph above (1964), and their relationship to the Emperor. Front row (left to right): HRH Crown Prince Asfa-Wossen Haile-Sellassie (eldest son), Emperor Haile-Sellassie, Prince Beide Mekonnen & Prince Ermias Sahle-Sellassie (grandsons), Hannah Dereje & Sebestie Samson (great-grand children). Second row: HIH Princess Tenagne Worrk (daughter), HRH Princess Sara-Gezaw (daughter-in-law), Seum Mengesha (great-grand son). Back row: Istefanos Mengesha (great-grand son), Prince Zere-Yakob Asfa-Wossen (grand son), HRH Princess Mahezente Hapte-Mariam (daughter-in-law). (Other figures are not in full view).
Prince Mekonnen Haile-Selassie + Princess Sara Gezaw
Prince Wesen Seged Mekonnen (Paul)
Prince Michael Mekonnen + Weyzero Asrat
Prince Mekonnen Mekonnen (David) + Weyzero Papus and two sons
Prince Teferi Mekonnen (Philip) + wife() two sons
2nd wife Weyzero () daughter
Prince Beide Mekonnen
+ Weyzero Mahelate
Blaine Beide (daughter)
Prince Sahle-Sellassie Haile-Selassie + Princess Mahezente Habte-Mariam
Prince Ermias Sahle-Sellassie + Weyzero Galila
Sahle and Raphael Ermias (twins)
Notes: Teferi Mekonnen: born 1892, died 1975, King (1928-30), Emperor 1930-74.
Empress Menen: born 1890, died 1962.
Lij - a title given to a noble youth (male), Ato - Mr., Weyzero - wife, Mrs., Weyzerit - Ms. Ras - prince. Dejazmach - the army leader. Commodor - naval officer.
"Green" -- my immidiate family members.
The old photo. The Royal Family before the Italian War
(left to right) Front row: Princess Ida Desta (grand-daughter), Empress Menen, Lij Amaha Desta (grandson), Emperor Haile-Sellassie, HRH Princess Wolete-Israel Seum (daughter-in-law), HRH Prince Mekonnen Haile-Sellassie (son)
Back row: HRH Zenebe Worrk Haile-Sellassie (daughter), HRH Crown Prince Asfa-Wossen (son), HRH Princess Tenagne-Worrk Haile-Sellassie, (daughter), Ras Desta Damtew (son-in-law), and HRH Princess Tsehaye Haile-Sellassie (daughter).
HRH - His/Her Royal Highness - a title given to the children and spouses of the Emperor only. HIH - His Imperial Highness a title mostly given to the Emperor & Empress, as well as HIM His Imperial Majesty. Janhoy - an Amharic reference only to the Emperor.
This tree line is broken up in colors. The colors are meant to represent each of the Emperor's children and their offsprings. Note: HIH Asfa-Wossen was married twice and has descendants from both marriages.
My father Dejazmach Fikre Sellassie Habte-Mariam (1927-1996)seen here in his offical attaire. He represents the Oromo blood line.
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With his children in the palace garden. (far right, 1. Crown Prince Asfa-Wossen, 2. Princess Zenebe-Worq, 3. unknown 4. Princess Tenagne Worq, 5. unknown 6. Prince Mekonnen 7. Seated HIM Haile-Sellassie