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The royal couple British Sovereign King Charles III and Queen Camilla graced the historic Fort Jesus, a bastion of cultural heritage designated by UNESCO, situated in the heart of Mombasa Old Town. Their visit took place on November 3, 2023.

King Charles III and Queen Camilla’s visit highlighted the importance of preserving world heritage sites, underlining their significance as custodians of human history and civilization. Adding a touch of cultural immersion to the visit, Queen Camilla was honored with a traditional Kanga, a Swahili shawl symbolic of local craftsmanship and cultural identity, by the staff of Sauti Ya Wanawake at the Situation Room. This gesture further cements the British monarchy’s appreciation of, and respect for, diverse cultures and the challenges they face. In a compassionate venture that underscores the regal commitment to social issues, Britain’s Queen Camilla was shown the profound efficacy of art therapy in the rehabilitation of child survivors of domestic abuse at the Situation Room in Mombasa. The Situation Room, a comprehensive support center for victims of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), offers an array of services, encompassing advice, advocacy, counselling and therapy, to facilitate recovery and empowerment. As part of their official visit, Kenyan President William Ruto accompanied the royal couple in a formal promenade at Moi International Airport in Mombasa, before the royals’ departure from this airport.

King Charles III and Queen Camilla’s royal visit to Mombasa reflects a meaningful engagement with critical social issues and cultural interchange. Their participation in various activities during the visit not only showcased their support for the survivors of violence, but also their reverence for historical and cultural conservation, echoing the monarchs’ dedication to service beyond borders.