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BRITISH QUEEN DUBBED 'SHE ELEPHANT'

Britain's "Rain Queen" Elizabeth added "She Elephant" to her titles Friday as she moved to the Zulu heartland on the final leg of her six-day state visit to South Africa.

"Zulus, be happy; the 'She Elephant' is among us," young Zulus chanted at a school she visited in Umlazi township south of Durban following a rain-swept arrival in the Indian Ocean port.

"She Elephant" is a term of distinction among the country's 8.5 million Zulus.

Before Queen Elizabeth II flew to Durban, Deputy President Thabo Mbeki dubbed her "Motlalepule" -- meaning, in the Sotho language, "She who brings rain."

The arrival of the queen and her husband, Prince Philip, was preceded by a violent overnight thunderstorm in Durban. More than 5.1 inches of rain had fallen by Friday afternoon, bringing some respite to the drought-gripped northern part of KwaZulu-Natal province.

A violent thunderstorm also hit Pretoria when the queen arrived there from Cape Town and Port Elizabeth on Wednesday night.

The queen was to fly home from Durban airport tonight.

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