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Update: King Charles III visits Tunnel of Martyrs at Uhuru Gardens [Photos]

Royal family kicks off their 4-day visit to Kenya

King Charles III accompanied President William Ruto to Uhuru Gardens on October 31, 2023

Their Majesties, King Charles III and Queen Camilla touched down at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on Monday night, October 30, kickstarting a State Visit to Kenya.

This diplomatic endeavour, at the behest of President Ruto, is poised to deepen the already robust ties between the two nations.

King Charles III accompanied President Ruto to Uhuru Gardens where they laid wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior.

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The Royal Family was also taken on a tour of the Tunnel of Martyrs, which is inscribed with names of heroes who lost their lives fighting for freedom.

The tunnel, serving as the central feature of the museum, symbolizes the journey from darkness to light, portraying the idea that after a challenging period, there is illumination.

This pathway leads to a spacious area featuring numerous galleries, each highlighting the diverse cultures that contribute to the rich tapestry of the country.

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As Kenya gears up to commemorate 60 years of independence, the Royal Couple's visit aims to shine a spotlight on the enduring partnership between the UK and Kenya.

The itinerary, spanning Nairobi and Mombasa Counties, is meticulously crafted to showcase collaboration in trade, investment, development, defence, and environmental initiatives, while fostering stronger connections between the citizens of both nations.

Their Majesties will engage with a diverse cross-section of Kenyan society, emphasizing the people-to-people ties that bind the countries together.

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The focus on Kenya's youth, conservationists, environmental activists, artists, entrepreneurs, veterans, and even survivors of gender-based violence underscores the breadth of issues under consideration.

Notably, the Royal Visit will address the historical complexities of the UK-Kenya relationship, including a nod to the painful Emergency period from 1952-1960.

His Majesty's commitment to meeting and listening to those directly affected by this period reflects a desire for open dialogue and acknowledgment of shared history.

A significant highlight of the visit includes the Royal Couple's visit to Uhuru Gardens Museum.

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The laying of a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior and a visit to the site where Kenya's flag was first raised in 1963 further symbolize the shared journey of the two nations.

British High Commissioner, Neil Wigan, expressed his delight at the Royal Couple's acceptance of the President's invitation, emphasising the importance of the UK-Kenya partnership.

As the visit aligns with His Majesty's Coronation year, Wigan sees it as a testament to the flourishing and contemporary collaboration that benefits both countries and the wider region.

During the visit, His Majesty will meet with veterans, acknowledging the contributions of Kenyans and Africans who supported British efforts in the World Wars.

Conservation and climate change will be recurring themes, with engagements with the Kenya Wildlife Service and coastal communities involved in marine conservation.

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The Royal Couple will also witness the impact of UK support to entrepreneurs and start-ups through the UK-Kenya Tech Hub and creative industries via the British Council.

A visit to the UN Headquarters in Nairobi will provide insights into sustainable markets and environmental initiatives, showcasing the global significance of the UK-Kenya partnership.

In a joint effort to demonstrate that "our two countries go far when they go together," the Royal Visit is poised to be a defining moment in the history of UK-Kenya relations, reinforcing the enduring bond between these two nations.

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