Nic Hailey, the UK High Commissioner to Kenya, hosted a Royal Wedding celebration yesterday in honour of the newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince William and Suits star Meghan Markle.
Speaker of the Kenyan Senate, Ken Lusaka, was the chief guest at the event which was also an early celebration of the Queen’s Birthday, usually held on the second Saturday in June.
Guests watched the Royal Wedding on a big screen in the Union flag decorated marquee, with male attendees wearing traditional wedding buttonholes while the ladies were adorned in an array of beautiful dresses befitting of the occasion.
High tea and canapés were served to guests while entertainment was provided by a string quartet.
Lemon and elderflower cake was also enjoyed by those at the party, reflecting the non-traditional choice of the royal couple which was served at their own official reception following the service at St George’s Chapel.
Addressing his guests, Mr Hailey said: “The Royal Couple have invited over 1,000 community leaders to the festivities, alongside 200 charity representatives, to celebrate the contribution of everyday people to communities in the UK and around the world.
“Her Majesty the Queen and her family have dedicated their lives to public service. They support and honour a culture of volunteering, of public service, and of working to change the lives of others for the better, both in the UK and across the Commonwealth.
“I draw inspiration today from the Royal couple’s dedication to public service. I believe it is a theme of great relevance here in Kenya. Kenya’s leaders have now taken the courageous decision to reconcile. We welcome and salute that commitment.
“‘I will continue to call on Kenya’s leaders to pursue reconciliation in the spirit of public service and the greater good. Politicians must put the interests of the country, of all Kenyans, before their own ambitions.
“Whatever their rank or station, those who act for private instead of public gain must be held fully to account. A stronger Kenya built on justice can have no place for those who steal from its citizens.
“It is the responsibility of all of us to work for positive change in our communities… among our guests are reps of organisations who are working to improve lives across this country… I am proud to be able to welcome them to today’s celebration.”
Kenya itself was represented at the wedding as one of the 53 Commonwealth countries whose distinctive flora was represented in one spectacular floral composition on Ms. Markle’s wedding veil, designed by Ms. Waight Keller.