The Queen Mother mingled with thousands of Kenyans of different races in Government House garden, Nairobi, Feb 7.
The Queen Mother mingled with thousands of Kenyans of different races in Government House garden, Nairobi, Feb 7. Two hours before she came out of the residence guests started to arrive - Arab sheiks, in long flowing robes; African chiefs in monkey skins carrying spears; and Europeans in morning suits and grey 'toppers'; their ladies wearing the latest fashions in dresses.
After the National Anthem, played by the King's African Rifles' regimental band, tea was served on the beautiful tree shaded lawns. Her Majesty walked from group to group chatting.
The previous day, Feb 6, had been spent quietly. It was the seventh anniversary of the death of the death of the Queen Mother's husband, King George VI.
After attending a great tribal gathering 70 miles from Nairobi - where natives have been polishing their spears and brushing their lion mane costumes for the last few days - the Queen Mother flies to Mombasa for a 3-day visit, Feb 9.