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Treetops hotel in Kenya where Elizabeth learned she was Queen

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip visiting the hotel

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip visiting the resort (Picture: Getty)

When the 74-year-old monarch and his consort embark on a four-day go to on the finish of this month, there isn’t a room within the itinerary for a visit to Treetops Lodge, the place the King’s late mom famously “went up a tree a Princess and got here down a Queen”.

Palace officers planning the state go to determined to give attention to the capital Nairobi and second metropolis Mombasa moderately than diverting the couple to the lodge within the Aberdare Nationwide Park within the mountains of central Kenya, about 90 miles north of the capital.

Its distant location at 6,450ft above sea degree was an element however there was one other necessary cause why it will not have been your best option to showcase the fashionable, dynamic relationship between Britain and the East African nation.

“It’s derelict,” a senior royal aide mentioned.


The living room of the treehouse

Contained in the treehouse the Queen ‘entered a princess and left a queen’ (Picture: Getty)

The 36-room resort, which is constructed near the a lot smaller authentic lodge – a three-bed treehouse – the place the then Princess Elizabeth stayed in February 1952 whereas on a Commonwealth tour with Prince Philip, closed in October 2021 after struggling to draw guests in the course of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Its predecessor, the treehouse the place the Queen and Philip stayed in a single day on the day when King George VI died and Elizabeth II acceded to the throne, was burnt down by Mau Mau rebels in Might 1954 as a result of it was used as a lookout by the King’s African Rifles.

When the Queen died in September final 12 months, former employees rushed again to its successor resort to open it as much as journalists and folks desirous to pay tribute to Her Late Majesty.

Two candles had been lit within the second ground reception of the three-storey resort, which the Queen and Philip stayed in throughout their 1983 state go to to Kenya, and former employees, consumed with unhappiness at her dying, mentioned they hoped that renewed curiosity within the lodge would result in it reopening to vacationers.

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The Princess Elizabeth Suite

The Princess Elizabeth Suite (Picture: Getty)

James Mburu, a former chef on the resort, instructed the net journal Quartz that he hoped traders can be excited by getting it again to its former glory. “Sure, if enterprise is revived, the resort may entice extra purchasers than it used to. They’ll say ‘I wish to sleep the place the Queen spent an evening.’”

However all makes an attempt by the Day by day Categorical to contact the house owners and to ask the Kenyan Excessive Fee and the nation’s tourism board concerning the resort did not illicit a response right this moment.

There are indicators not less than that Kenya’s tourism trade has steadily recovered after the financial catastrophe of Covid.

Worldwide vacationer arrivals grew 32 per cent within the first six months of 2023, closing at 847,810 in comparison with 642,861 arrivals in the identical interval final 12 months.

The Ministry of Tourism mentioned the trade was again to 92 per cent of its enterprise within the pre-coronavirus 12 months of 2019.

Tourism bosses might be hoping the worldwide media consideration overlaying the King and Queen’s go to will result in an additional restoration.

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