A birthday is an important part of a person’s life. It is a momentous occasion not be understated. It is a time to celebrate, reflect, give thanks and not forgetting, throw a party.
The British High Commissioner to Kenya, H.E. Jane Marriott O.B.E hosted a grand celebration of the 96th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor), at her official residence in Muthaiga, Nairobi. This year, the Queen’s Birthday Party had a very special significance as the British together with all Commonwealth nations celebrate Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee. On the 6th of February this year, Her Majesty The Queen became the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom, the Realms and the Commonwealth.
The Queen has ruled longer than any other Monarch in British history, becoming a much loved and respected figure across the globe. Her extraordinary reign has seen her travel more widely than any other monarch, undertaking many historic overseas visits. Known for her sense of duty and her devotion to a life of service, she has been an important figurehead for the UK and the Commonwealth during times of enormous social change.
The birthday celebrations in Muthaiga, was well attended by more than 500 invited guests, including national and county government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, business and civil society representatives, businessmen, academics, artists, and journalists.
Addressing the guests, H.E. The High Commissioner said:
- Trade between the two countries is worth around KES 165 billion a year, and the UK is Kenya’s 5th largest trading partner (i.e. importer of Kenyan goods). Our relationship is balanced: the UK imports as much from Kenya as it exports.
- Over forty percent of UK tea imports come from Kenya. My Prime Minister is fond of saying that every other cup of tea we drink in the UK is from Kenya;
- The UK imports about 30,000 tonnes of vegetables and 19% of flowers from Kenya annually. On vegetables alone, that’s the equivalent to nearly 2,400 big red London buses.
- 150 British enterprises are currently in Kenya, benefitting over 250,000 Kenyans directly employed by British organisations.
- We have a strong network of over 1,755 alumni of UK scholarships and fellowships in academia, defence and security in Kenya. More than 500 of these are Chevening Scholars and – quick advert – applications will open shortly for the next round of Chevening Scholarships. Watch my Twitter feed.
- In 2021, despite COVID-19 restrictions, around 50,000 UK residents visited Kenya, making the UK the fourth biggest source market for visitors. I hope we can hit the 200,000 mark by 2023.
It is often said, no one throws a grand bash like the Brits and for sure, The British High Commissioner to Kenya, Ms Marriott played the perfect host. With guests clinking wine glasses and savouring British delicacies, while being entertained by a fantastic repertoire of British music, the party definitely lived up to its name, A Party Fit for A Queen.
Happy Birthday, Your Majesty!
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