The threatened boycott of the Queen Mother's Kenya visit by African members of the Kenya Legislative Council fell apart at the seams.
The threatened boycott of the Queen Mother's Kenya visit by African members of the Kenya Legislative Council fell apart at the seams. Thousands of Africans welcomed her as she stepped from her plane at Embakasi Airport, Feb. 5, and the 16 miles route to Nairobi was lined with many thousands more, cheering and waving.
The Kenya Governor, Sir Evelyn Baring, greeted the Queen Mother, and was followed by his wife, Lady Mary, military high-ranking officers and to other dignitaries.
The 11th. Kenya Battalion of the King's African Rifles formed the guard of honour and the King's African Rifles band played the National Anthem.
Afterwards the Queen Mother met a number of leading chiefs and two senior chiefs who took part in the anti-Mau Mau campaign. One, senior chief Kasina Ndoo, lost an arm fighting the terrorists and the other, senior chief Makimei, who led African volunteers against Mau Mau forces after loo Kikuyu people had been massacred, 1953.
Last year the Queen Mother was to open the Embakasi Airport, but delays because of aircraft faults prevent her flying there.
At the Legislative Building nine of the thirteen elected African members were introduced to the Queen Mother. The only people who appeared to be boycotting the Royal visit were the four absent.
The Queen Mother later drove to Government House where she will use the same suite that her daughter Princess Margaret used during her 1956 Kenya visit.