The East African Standard
Tuesday, May 21, 2002

Aga Khan, Kenya in tribute to the Queen

WINDSOR, United Kingdom - His Highness the Aga Khan was present on Sunday night as mounted officers from the Kenya Police joined in a unique tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth on the 50th anniversary of her accession to the throne.

The Aga Khan's support enabled contingents from Kenya as well as other Commonwealth countries to participate in a major international event honouring the Queen.

The event, recognising shared history and traditions as well as the strength of diplomatic linkages, was one of the largest of its kind ever staged in the world.

The Aga Khan and the Begum Khan joined with the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, members of the Royal Family and ambassadors of participating foreign and Commonwealth countries that included, besides Kenya, the United States, Canada, France, Pakistan and India to view the presentation as part of an event entitled: "All the Queen's Horses".

"This event serves to acknowledge the Commonwealth's importance in maintaining relations among countries through both good and less good times in their shared history," said the Aga Khan. "The event honours the personal attention that Her Majesty the Queen has accorded to that history and the admirable manner in which she has exercised and continues to exercise the challenging role of Head of the Commonwealth."

The Kenyan contingent was drawn from the Kenya Police's Anti-Stock Theft Unit based in Gilgil.