On Tuesday morning, President William Ruto welcomed King Charles III and Queen Camilla to State House, where they were received by the President and First Lady Rachel Ruto.
Upon their arrival, a 21-gun salute was extended to honor their visit. Additionally, the King reviewed a guard of honor assembled by the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) at State House.
Following this, the King and Queen joined President Ruto and the First Lady in a tree-planting ceremony symbolizing the strong bond between the United Kingdom (UK) and Kenya.
The visit, which signifies the initial trip by the royal couple to an African nation, aims to commemorate the close bond and robust, dynamic alliance between Kenya and the United Kingdom (UK).
“The visit 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 UK government said in a statement.
“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 visiting the site of the declaration of Kenya’s independence in 1963,” the statement added.