Kenya is well-prepared for the upcoming visit from the British Royal Couple, HM King Charles III and HM Queen Camila, Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi has said.
Mudavadi who doubles as the Foreign and Diaspora Affairs Cabinet Secretary spoke Wednesday when he hosted the British High Commissioner to Kenya, Neil Wigan OBE, who provided an update on the preparations for the Royal visit.
During the meeting, PCS Mudavadi was briefed about the progress made in organizing the visit and the meticulous planning that has taken place.
Mr. Mudavadi assured the British High Commissioner to Kenya of the government’s unwavering commitment to ensuring the success of the Royal visit.
“Our nation is eagerly looking forward to warmly welcoming HM King Charles III and HM Queen Camila to Kenya. This visit not only reflects the strong historical ties between our countries but also presents an opportunity to strengthen bilateral relations and explore areas of mutual interest,” PCS Mudavadi said.
King Charles III and Queen Camilla are set to embark on an official state visit to Kenya from Tuesday 31st October to Friday 3rd November 2023.
The visit marks Charles’s first visit to a commonwealth nation as King and coincides with Kenya’s 60th anniversary of independence.
The King and Queen will visit Nairobi City County, Mombasa County and surrounding areas.
Their Majesties’ programme will reflect the ways in which Kenya and the United Kingdom are working together, notably to boost mutual prosperity, tackle climate change, promote youth opportunity and employment, advance sustainable development and create a more stable and secure region.
During their visit, the King and Queen will meet President Ruto and the First Lady Rachel Ruto as well as and 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.
“His Majesty will take time during the visit to deepen his understanding of the wrongs suffered in this period by the people of Kenya. 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,” a statement from the British High Commission Nairobi said.
They will also attend a technology showcase, meeting Kenyan entrepreneurs who are driving forward innovation in the country’s tech sector.
His Majesty will host a reception focused on Kenya’s young people and future leaders across development, trade, media, the creative arts and environmental conservation.
The King and Queen will also visit Nairobi National Park to witness the vital conservation work being undertaken by the Kenya Wildlife Service, which is integral to Kenya’s thriving tourism industry.
Her Majesty, Patron of the equine welfare charity Brooke, will hear how the charity is working with the Kenya Society for the Protection and Care of Animals to rescue donkeys at risk and promote their welfare.
The Queen will meet survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, learning how they are supported and sharing her own insights from working in this area.