President Uhuru Kenyatta has mourned Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II following her death on Thursday, September 8.
In a statement on Friday, September 9, the Head of State mourned the Queen as a great leader who largely contributed to the transformation of the world.
“Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was a towering icon of selfless service to humanity and a key figurehead of not only the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth of Nations where Kenya is a distinguished member but the entire world,” Uhuru noted.
Uhuru also highlighted the role that the Queen played in strengthening ties between Kenya and the United Kingdom (UK).
“The Head of State recalled Kenya’s close ties with Queen Elizabeth II noting that the longest-serving monarch in British history took over from her father, King George VI, who died while she was on safari in Kenya,” read the statement.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has joined other world leaders in mourning Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II who passed away on Thursday at her Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
— State House Kenya (@StateHouseKenya) September 9, 2022
President-elect William Ruto also mourned Queen Elizabeth II, describing her as a symbol of unity in the Commonwealth, also highlighting the ties she enjoyed with Kenya.
“She steered the Commonwealth’s evolution into a forum for effective multilateral engagement whose potential to drive tremendous socioeconomic progress remains incontestable and redounds to the Queen’s historic legacy
‘We will miss the cordial ties she enjoyed with Kenya and may her memories continue to inspire us,” Ruto eulogised.
In a statement on Thursday, September 8, Buckingham Palace said the Queen took her final bow at the Balmoral Castle this afternoon.
“The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement.
Following her death, her eldest son Charles automatically becomes king of the United Kingdom.
He will also be the head of state of 14 other realms including Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
Elizabeth has been queen of Britain and more than a dozen other countries since 1952 including Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
This year she marked her 70th year on the throne with four days of national celebrations.
Elizabeth came to the throne after the death of her father King George VI on February 6, 1952 when she was just 25.
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