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WATCH: Buckingham Palace hosts reception for Kenyans ahead of King Charles’ state visit

By Winnie Mabel October 25th, 2023 2 min read

Buckingham Palace hosted a reception for the Kenyan diaspora in the United Kingdom on October 24, 2023, ahead of King Charles and Queen Camilla’s state visit to Kenya on October 31, 2023. The purpose of this reception was to celebrate “the warm relationship between the two countries and the strong dynamic partnership they continue to forge.”

The Kenyan diaspora invited to the reception were from various fields including g business, media, charity, art, sport, government, and military, and representatives of Their Majesties’ patronages which operate in Kenya.

Entertainment at the reception was provided by guitarist Shama, a musician who, according to the Royal Family, “showcases the diversity of Kenyan music on the global stage, through his ‘music with a message’, which addresses issues facing humanity, including the threat of climate change.”

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News of the Royals’ state visit to Kenya was announced on October 11, 2023. They will be in Kenya for four days and during that time, they will embark on several visits and attend some functions. According to a press release from the UK government, the royals’ itinerary will encompass visits to several regions in Kenya, reflecting the collaborative efforts of the two countries.

Their agenda includes bolstering mutual prosperity, addressing climate change, promoting youth opportunities and employment, advancing sustainable development, and fostering a more stable and secure region.

During their stay, King Charles III and Queen Camilla will engage in various activities and meet with key figures, including President William Ruto and First Lady Rachel Ruto, government and United Nations representatives, select CEOs, religious leaders, youth, and Kenyan Marines who train with the UK Royal Marines. They will also participate in an event celebrating the life and work of the late Nobel Laureate, Professor Wangari Maathai, alongside Wangari’s daughter, Wanjira Mathai.

At some point, both King Charles and Queen Camilla will have separate itineraries in which the Kind will visit UN offices, including UN Habitat and the UN Environment Program as well as attend a technology showcase and meet with Kenyan entrepreneurs.

Queen Camilla, as Patron of the Equine Welfare Charity Brooke, will meet with the Kenya Society for the Protection and Care of Animals to rescue donkeys at risk and promote their welfare. She will also meet survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, sharing her insights from working in this field.