Who is the Queen of Kenya

Royal News on Queen Elizabeth: Why February 6th is a sad day for her

Today marks the 68th anniversary of the day that Queen Elizabeth's life was to change forever.

5th February 1952. Princess Elizabeth, 25, and her husband Prince Philip, 30, are in Kenya. It is her first tour of the Commonwealth of Nations; Australia and New Zealand are also on the agenda. The couple started the trip to replace Elizabeth's seriously ill father King George, 56. The passionate smoker suffers from lung cancer and is too weak to leave London. Prince Charles, the three-year-old son of Elizabeth and Prince Philip, has also stayed at home. Royal historian Hugo Vickers sums up the fateful day for Elizabeth for "The Telegraph".

Princess Elizabeth discovers Africa

Elizabeth and Philip enjoy their time in distant Africa. "I remember the princess who was very happy and carefree at the time," says John Jochimsen, who accompanied the couple on their tour, Vickers. "She hadn't been married long and didn't have the weight on her shoulders that she had as queen." The Royals have stopped at the Treetops Hotel, a hotel in Aberdare National Park, for a private stop. For Elizabeth, who has never set foot on African soil before, it is a magical day: she spends the night in a tree house, films elephants with a camera and enjoys the view of the unique vegetation of the black continent.

Princess Elizabeth becomes Queen Elizabeth

February 6, 1952. The day begins as idyllically for Elizabeth and Philip as it ended the day before. The Duke of Edinburgh's private secretary Michael Parker convinced the couple to watch the beautiful sunrise over the Kenyan countryside.

A nine-hour flight away, at the Sandringham royal residence, employees want to wake Elizabeth's father George for breakfast - and make a shocking discovery: the king is dead, died in bed that night. Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill is informed. According to The Guardian, the people learned of the death at 10:45 am local time: "The king, who withdrew in his usual state of health last night, passed away peacefully in his sleep this morning." Elizabeth has no idea of ​​any of this. Far away from civilization, the world is still in order for them.

It is noon in Kenya. The Queen and her companions are returning to Sagana Lodge, their official residence in Kenya. Lunch will be served soon. Hotel manager Norman Jarman and Martin Charteris, Elisabeth's private secretary, are sitting together with a glass of cherry when the calm is suddenly destroyed. Jarman recalls, "The editor of the Nairobi Standard called me and said they had a message on the teletype that the king had died and asked if they could print the story. We asked them to hold back while we were tried to confirm whether it was true. " Another journalist answers: Granville Roberts from the East African Standard. He too learned that the king is dead.

Everyone knows what Elizabeth has not yet learned

"I was alarmed, so I called Buckingham Palace," says Norman Jarman Royal historian Vickers. "The man there was shocked. 'You mean nothing has been said to Princess Elizabeth? Please tell her as soon as possible'." Michael Parker, Prince Philip's private secretary, turns on the radio. "The king is dead," reports the "BBC". Parker wakes Philip, who has retired for an afternoon nap. He decides to bring the news of his death to his wife himself. "Philip looked like you dropped half the weight of the world on him. He brought [the Queen] into the garden and they walked up and down the lawn while he (...) talked to her."

This is how the Queen reacted to the news of her father's death

The personal loss of the father was the one harrowing news. That her life as heir to the throne, young wife and mother ended so abruptly, the other. "She sat upright and accepted her fate," her private secretary remembers the moment he met Elizabeth. "I asked what name [as queen] she would choose. 'My own, of course'". Elizabeth and Philip leave immediately. The next day, February 7th, Elizabeth sets foot on British soil for the first time as Queen.

Sources used: The Telegraph, Daily Mail, The Guardian