Today, Kenya’s Samburu tribe’s people will celebrate the birth of Prince George by bestowing a community blessing upon the future king in the Great Rift Valley, Kenya.
A full day of celebrations will be held in the small town of Wamba to welcome the birth of the future king. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have officially accepted the traditional gift of a fattened black bull and goat, which have kindly been offered to Prince George by the Namunyak Women’s Group from the Samburu village of Ilsapache.
Dr Christian Turner, the British high commissioner to Kenya, will attend the ceremony and the official gifting of the cattle from the Samburu community on behalf of the royal family. The High Commissioner will be hosted by Sammy Leshore, the Senator for Samburu East, on behalf of the community. Mrs Phyllis Kandie, the Cabinet Secretary for East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism, Kenya will also attend the blessing which is set to be a memorable event for Kenya.
Today’s ceremony will commence at 1pm and will involve customary blessings by Samburu elders and traditional dances by the Namunyak women to commemorate the Prince’s birth. Many women’s groups, elders and cattle will come together and a special enclosure known as a “boma” will be set up for the animals to mark the occasion. The gifted bull, along with the four heifers, will be used to start a Royal Herd which will be looked after by the Northern Rangelands Trust in the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.
Kenya remains a special place for the British royal family following Prince William’s decision to propose to Kate on the foothills of Mount Kenya in October 2010. Prince William has frequently spoken about his passion for Kenya, referring to the country as his ‘second home’. The Kenyan people are proud of their longstanding history with the royal family following the Queen’s famous stay at Treetops in 1952, and so it is an honour for the country to mark the birth of the future monarch with a traditional Samburu ceremony.
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