|Kate and Prince William|
All eyes are fixed on April, 29th, 2011. The day when Prince William walks Kate down the Aisle and chances are that the charming Kate will one day be the queen of England. Its royalty all the way this week and certainly it has been a pedestal for Kenya, the home where Prince William saw fit to propose to his bride to be. Now when you highlight Kenya, the lineage of royalty stems from way back…….
|Sarova Stanley history|
From the day it opened its doors in 1902 it has been making history hosting royal safaris and a long line of living legends. The beginnings of a hotel from wooden and tin buildings in 1902 on Victoria Street ( Tom Mboya Street) to a larger premises on Government road after the Great Fire in 1905; now known as Moi Avenue.
|Arrival of princess Elizabeth in Kenya in 1952|
In 1928, The New Stanley was the venue for a glittering ball for the Royal highness, The Prince of Wales and the Duke of Gloucester. During this period, there was a weeklong public celebration in Nairobi.
Princess Elizabeth and the duke of Edinburgh in 1952 were at Sarova Stanley for a function.
|Prince Elizabeth's arrival in 1952|
Then after 2 days she was crowned Queen. This came shortly after the King died in his sleep while at tree tops. This momentous day granted Kenya an important role in the history of the British Royal Family. The Queen's coronation was celebrated with a road race through the Kenyan Bush, known as the "Coronation Rally". The race became an annual event, popularly known as the "Safari Rally".
In 1959 a Naivasha acacia thorn tree was planted in the centre of Thorn Tree Cafe. The branches threw scatted light as well as provided shade from the African sun to weary engineers and railway workers.
The restaurant has entertained
v HRH Prince Edwards -1952
v Queen Elizabeth
v Ernest Hemmingway-1933
v Elspeth Huxley-1907
v Winston Churchill
v President Roosevelt.
Kenya’s first locally – brewed beer was served at The Stanley’s long bar in 1923. Ewart Grogan who walked from Cape to Cairo to prove his love for a woman slaked his considerable thirst here. So too did Ernest Hemingway, Denys Finch Hatton and Edward Prince of Wales. At Sarova Stanley, the stars came out at night: Stewart Granger, Ava Gardner, Clark Gable, they all came to The Stanley.
|Sarova Stanley in 1902|
It has been a heritage journey that has been embedded in the culture of Sarova Stanley. The Victorian theme transcends across every part of this magnificent hotel. So if you are looking for royal history, Kenya and most especially Sarova Stanley comes to mind….
Enjoy the royal week as we look forward to the wedding of the century between Kate Middleton and Prince William.
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