The Royal Air Force made a grand arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) yesterday, transporting the King and Queen of the United Kingdom. Their landing was a significant event, marked by the presence of Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi and the High Commissioner Neil Wigan to greet them.
King Charles and Queen Camilla’s arrival took place in the evening, with any formal photographs or interviews with the press scheduled for the following day. Their royal highnesses are on a four-day visit to Kenya, commencing with a ceremonial welcome and a splendid state banquet.
During their stay, the King and Queen have an exciting itinerary planned. They will engage with young entrepreneurs, explore the United Nations headquarters, and visit the recently refurbished museum. Their visit will conclude with a memorable evening at the coast.
This morning, President William Ruto and the First Lady, Rachel Ruto, welcomed the royal couple at State House Nairobi. The ceremony included an impressive guard of honor and a 21-gun salute in honor of the King’s first official Commonwealth visit. The royal couple also took part in a tree-planting ceremony.
In anticipation of this momentous visit, the government has taken comprehensive measures. These measures include restricting roadside vendors and the President himself inspecting the renovated museum to ensure everything was in order.
Among the Kenyan population, there is considerable anticipation surrounding the King’s speech, with many hoping he will address the issue of colonization, the historical elephant in the room. Various communities, such as the Pokot, have come forward, seeking monetary compensation for the suffering and injustices inflicted upon their ancestors during the colonial era.