King Charles III of England and Queen Camilla are expected to begin their official State Visit to Kenya towards the end of this month.
The King and the Queen will be in the country from Tuesday, October 31st, to Friday, November 3rd, 2023.
A statement released by the United Kingdom High Commission in Kenya on Wednesday said that the two will be in the country to celebrate the warm relationship between Kenya and the UK and the strong and dynamic partnership the two countries continue to forge.
The visit, the statement added, is at the invitation of President Ruto and comes as Kenya prepares to celebrate 60 years of independence.
“His Majesty’s first visit to a Commonwealth nation as King is therefore to the country in which Queen Elizabeth II’s reign began, having acceded to the throne in Kenya in February 1952,” the statement read.
The King and Queen will visit Nairobi City County, Mombasa County, and surrounding areas.
King Charles and Queen Camilla will also use the visit to reflect on how Kenya and the United Kingdom work together on mutual prosperity, climate change, and youth programmes.
During the visit, the two will meet President Ruto and First Lady Rachael Ruto and other government officials, United Nations staff, chief executive officers, faith leaders, young people, and Kenyan Marines training with UK Royal Marines.
The King will also attend an event to celebrate the life and work of the Nobel Laureate, the late Professor Wangari Maathai, and Wangari’s daughter, Wanjira Mathai.
“The King and Queen’s programme will celebrate the close links between the British and Kenyan people in areas such as the creative arts, technology, enterprise, education, and innovation,” the statement read.
The visit will also acknowledge the more painful aspects of the UK and Kenya’s shared history, including the Emergency (1952-1960).
“His Majesty will take time during the visit to deepen his understanding of the wrongs suffered in this period by the people of Kenya.
“Together, Their Majesties will tour a new museum dedicated to Kenya’s history and will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior at Uhuru Gardens, as well as visit the site of the declaration of Kenya’s independence in 1963,” the UK High Commission said.