King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla arrived in Kenya on Monday for a four-day state visit, their first visit to a Commonwealth country since Charles ascended to the throne in September. The visit is full of symbolism, as Charles’s mother, Queen Elizabeth II, learned that she had become monarch while on a trip to Kenya in 1952.
Charles and Camilla were greeted at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport by Kenyan President William Ruto and First Lady Rachel Ruto. They then traveled to Nairobi, the capital, where they were met by cheering crowds.
On Tuesday, Charles and Camilla will meet with Ruto and other Kenyan officials to discuss issues such as climate change, conservation, and trade. They will also visit a number of projects supported by the British government, including a school for girls and a wildlife conservation center.
On Wednesday, Charles and Camilla will travel to the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, a private reserve that is home to a variety of endangered animals, including elephants, lions, and rhinos. Charles has been a patron of the conservancy for many years, and he is passionate about protecting wildlife and their habitats.
On Thursday, Charles and Camilla will return to Nairobi for a farewell dinner with Ruto and other Kenyan dignitaries. They will then depart for the United Kingdom on Friday.
The visit to Kenya is significant for a number of reasons. First, it is a sign of Charles’s commitment to the Commonwealth, an organization that has been central to Britain’s global power and prestige since World War II. Second, the visit is a chance for Charles to highlight the issues that he is most passionate about, such as climate change and conservation. Finally, the visit is an opportunity for Charles and Camilla to connect with the Kenyan people and learn more about their culture and history.