Little fanfare as King Charles III, Queen Camilla Land in Kenya

Little fanfare as King Charles III, Queen Camilla Land in Kenya

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British Monarch King Charles III and Queen Camilla have arrived in Nairobi, Kenya.
The Royal Air Force carrying The King and The Queen touched down at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) minutes before 11 pm, Monday, October 30th, 2023, night in the Kenyan capital.

It is the king’s first state visit to a Commonwealth country since he was coronated on May 6 this year

The trip is the fourth by a British Monarch after the King’s mother Queen Elizabeth II visited Kenya three times during her long reign; A stopover in 1972, a state visit in 1983 and another stopover in 1991.

The arrival comes ahead of a four-day state visit to Kenya which officially begins on Tuesday, October 31.
King Charles III and Queen Camilla landed in Kenya with little fanfare as expected when world leaders visit.

A source who sought anonymity said that their majesties are treated as very very important persons (VVIPs) and arrived using the State Pavilion Terminal at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, reserved for the president, deputy president, ministers and diplomats.

Unlike when US President Barack Obama visited Kenya in July 2015 and during US First Lady Jill Biden’s recent trip where terminal two was closed for her arrival, things have been different for the British Monarch.
The source said due to the timings of their Majesties arrival, activities will be expected to go on as usual and life may remain usual in the city.

“It is highly unlikely that any terminus will be closed in Nairobi. The State pavilion was reserved for their arrival,’’ he said

The King and Queen will visit Nairobi City County, Mombasa County, and surrounding areas.

During the visit, the King and Queen will meet President Ruto and the First Lady as well as other members of the Kenyan Government, UN staff, CEOs, faith leaders, young people, future leaders, 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, together with Wangari’s daughter, Wanjira Mathai.

The visit will acknowledge the more painful aspects of the UK and Kenya’s shared history, including the Emergency (1952-1960).

The King will take time during the visit to deepen his understanding of the wrongs suffered in this period by the people of Kenya.

Together, the King and Queen 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.

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