Queen Elizabeth, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, will make a State Visit to Kenya from May 24 to 26 June. Her Majesty and His Royal Highness are visiting at the invitation of the President of the Republic of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta.
The symbolism of the Queen’s visit is anchored in the historical fact that it is in Kenya where Princess Elizabeth first heard the news that her father had died and that she was to be Queen.
While the princess was certainly at Treetops in Nyeri on the night her father, George VI, died 64 years ago on 6 February, 1952, she was not told until the following afternoon, by which time she had returned to a fishing lodge called Sagana, 20 miles away, that she had been given as a wedding present. It was there, beside a trout stream in the foothills of Mount Kenya, that Prince Philip broke the news.
The visit comes after other high profile state visit to Kenya by President Obama and Pope Francis. The Queen going to Kenya will also repudiate the colonial-like mentality by CNN that the country of Wangari Maathai is a hotbed of terrorism.