In a magnificent display of international diplomacy and historical significance, Jane Marriott, the United Kingdom’s ambassador to Kenya, hosted a memorable event to mark the coronation of King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla at her official residence in Nairobi. This extraordinary occasion brought together prominent figures to witness the dawn of a new era in British royalty.
The event was a bittersweet moment for Marriott, as she recalled hosting a somber gathering last year for the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. This time, however, joy and celebration were the order of the day as guests gathered to honor the new British monarch.
The ambassador acknowledged the rarity and importance of the event, as it had been 70 years since the world last witnessed a British monarch’s coronation. She emphasized the strong ties between Kenya and the United Kingdom, which have been nurtured by King Charles III’s numerous visits to the country, both as Prince of Wales and as heir to the throne.
King Charles III’s connection with Kenya dates back to the 1970s, with his first visit in 1971 alongside the Princess Royal. He returned to the country several times, attending President Jomo Kenyatta’s funeral in 1978 and embarking on a three-nation tour in 1987 that included stops in present-day Eswatini and Malawi. These visits, both private and official, have solidified the relationship between the two nations.
Ambassador Marriott emphasized the significance of these ties, noting, “It is through this history that our peoples, our businesses, and our governments have forged close and enduring bonds.” As evidence of this ongoing partnership, Kenyan President William Ruto was among the dignitaries present at the coronation in London.
Marriott expressed the United Kingdom’s unwavering commitment to working with Kenya on critical global issues such as education, health, climate, trade, and investment, asserting that the shared goals and values between the two nations far outweigh any differences.