A rhino, seven bush buck, two warthogs and a family of baboons were seen by Her Majesty the Queen Mother within an hour of her arrival at Treetops Hotel.
A rhino, seven bush buck, two warthogs and a family of baboons were seen by Her Majesty the Queen Mother within an hour of her arrival at Treetops Hotel. As soon as she reached the "Hotel in the Trees", she want out to the lower observation platform with Lady Betty Walker.
Directly facing her at a distance of about 100 years, Her Majesty saw the ruins of the old Treetops Hotel in which her daughter became Queen in 1952- the night of her father died. The old treetops was wantonly destroyed by Mau Mau terrorists during the emergency.
Within five minutes of taking up her position the Queen Mother saw seven bush buck, including two rams, a warthog, and a large family of baboons, two of which scrabbled up the trees alongside the 45ft- high hotel and on to the platform where Her Majesty was sitting. They were quickly showed away by members of her party.
Her Majesty watched a rhino drinking at the salt lick immediately below the look-out platform. With the aid of powerful binoculars the Queen Mother watched the rhino until it disappeared into the thick forest surrounding the hotel.
The weather was pleasantly warm, with bright sunshine, when Her Majesty drove along the road leading to the Royal Aberdare National Park in which Treetops is situated. On the main road leading to the hotel she saw a large sign reading "Elephant, Rhino and Buffalo in Forest" - Drive Carefully."
Her Majesty's car stopped about 500 yards from the hotel and the Queen Mother, escorted by two armed white hunters, was led along the narrow path through the forest to the Hotel. At intervals along the path many tall trees had "escape" ladders nailed to them to be used by visitors to Treetops when large game suddenly appeared on the path. One of these visitors, was a woman of over 70. All the members of the Queen Mother's party reached the Hotel safely and without incident.
On the evening of 17 Feb Her Majesty the Queen Mother visited the King George VI Hospital for Africans and Asians, and met the staff and patients. One patient, Ian Bumpus, a European boy of 19 years, though suffering from polio which prevents him moving anything but his head, has taught himself to paint with a brush between his teeth. One of his paintings was presented to the Queen Mother who said she would "take it home and hang it in clarence House", her official residence in London.