The Star (Nairobi)

14 December 2013

Kenya: Queen Elizabeth Congratulates Kenya On Turning 50

Queen Elizabeth has congratulated Kenya on turning 50. In a congratulatory statement delivered yesterday by UK's Minister for Africa, Mark Simmonds, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II said the links between the two countries has "deepened and matured since Kenya's independence".

"On the occasion of the Republic of Kenya celebrating 50 years of independence, it gives me great pleasure to send the people of Kenya my warmest congratulations," she said in a statement delivered to government yesterday.

"I would like to express my best wishes for the happiness, security and prosperity of the people of Kenya in the next 50 years and beyond," she added.

She said her family has enjoyed a special and significant relationship with Kenya over the years and across the generations.

The statement said Kenya is a special place for Britain's Queen, whose reign reached 60 last year.

She said almost six decades ago, then-Princess Elizabeth was at the Treetops Hotel near Mount Kenya when she heard that her father, King George VI had died and was to ascend to the throne.

"It is also in Kenya where Prince William's proposed to Kate on the foothills of Mount Kenya in October 2010."

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