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Kenya has a special place in the history of the current British monarchy – SABC News

Kenya has a special place in the history of the present British monarchy, for it is while in Kenya that the then Princess Elizabeth learned of the death of her father. As heir to the throne, she therefore became queen while in the country, then a county of British colonial rule.

In February 1952, Princess Elizabeth and her husband embarked on a Commonwealth tour with a visit to Kenya. News of her father, the death of King George reached the royal couple in Kenya and it was Prince Phillip’s duty to tell the news to his wife.

And about five days after she arrived in Kenya, she left as queen. More than a year later, her coronation took place at Westminster Abbey on June 2, 1953.

The hotel where they are staying in Kenya was burnt down by the Mau Mau, a resistance movement against the British colonialists, but a new one was set up. It closed its doors last year due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

A year earlier, on 1 June 1952, Kenya had achieved internal self-government, marking the end of British colonial rule.

Kenya has a special place in the history of the current British monarchy – SABC News

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