King Charles III and Queen Camilla landed at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport last night ahead of their four day state visit to Kenya.
The royal couple was warmly received by high-ranking officials, including the Prime Cabinet Secretary and Foreign and Diaspora Affairs CS, Musalia Mudavadi, as well as the British High Commissioner to Kenya, Neil Wigan.
This marks the monarchs’ first official visit to an African nation and the first to a Commonwealth member state since their coronation in May. The invitation for this visit came from President William Ruto, underscoring the significance of the UK-Kenya partnership.
British High Commissioner Neil Wigan stated, “Coming in the year of His Majesty’s Coronation, this visit so early in The King’s reign demonstrates the value we place on the thriving and modern UK-Kenya partnership, which brings mutual benefits to our two nations and the wider region.” His remarks were part of a press release issued on Monday evening.
The royal couple’s agenda includes a meeting with President Ruto and First Lady Rachel Ruto at the State House on Tuesday. During this meeting, Queen Camilla is expected to learn about the First Lady’s activities, including her involvement in women’s economic empowerment programs.
Over the course of their visit, King Charles and Queen Camilla will explore various regions in Kenya, including Nairobi, Mombasa, and their surrounding areas. This visit highlights the strong ties between the United Kingdom and Kenya, promoting cooperation and partnership in various areas.
The Kenyan visit, Charles’ fourth official visit to the African nation, comes after the royal couple travelled to Germany in March and France last month, with both tours regarded as highly successful diplomatic trips.