KIng Charles III during his coronation
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As is customary when international leaders visit Kenya, British Monarch King Charles III and Queen Camilla arrived with little fanfare.

Just before to 11 p.m. on Monday, the two arrived in Nairobi, Kenya, where they would spend four days.

A news release that was distributed to the media revealed that it was a tranquil landing.


The King and Queen, escorted to an undisclosed location, landed at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in a Royal Air Force aircraft.

Before leaving, the king is anticipated to tour Mombasa and portions of Nairobi County.

However, what precisely is a monarchy?


The Royal Website claims that the monarchy is the most ancient system of administration in the United Kingdom.

A king or queen is the Head of State in a monarchy. One example of a constitutional monarchy is the British Monarchy.

This indicates that although the Sovereign is the Head of State, an elected Parliament has the authority to enact laws.

The Sovereign still has a significant influence on national affairs even when they are no longer in a position of authority or politics.

“As Head of State, The Monarch undertakes constitutional and representational duties which have developed over one thousand years of history,” the website noted.

In addition to these official responsibilities, the Monarch also serves informally as the "Head of Nation."

The Sovereign serves as a focal point for the nation's identity, cohesion, and pride; provides stability and continuity; formally acknowledges achievement and distinction; and upholds the principle of volunteerism.

This indicates that he plays a very different function than kings and queens in the past.

The King is known for his sense of duty and he has devoted his life to service.

He has become a figurehead for the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth during a challenging time for many people around the world.

In all these roles The Sovereign is supported by members of their immediate family.

What's going to happen in Kenya

The King and Queen will have meetings with the First Lady, President William Ruto, other government officials, CEOs, church leaders, young people, future leaders, and Kenyan Marines undergoing training alongside UK Royal Marines during their visit.

Along with Wangari's daughter Wanjira Mathai, the King will also be present at an event honouring the life and contributions of the late Professor Wangari Maathai, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

The tour will pay tribute to the more traumatic facets of Kenya's and the UK's shared past, including as the Emergency (1952–1960).

Throughout his tour, the King will take the time to better comprehend the injustices that the Kenyan people have endured over this time.

The King and Queen will visit the location of Kenya's 1963 independence declaration, lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior in Uhuru Gardens, and take a group tour of a recently opened museum devoted to the country's past.