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Who Owns Kenya?

What is the Queen Doing in Parliament?

Proclamation of Queen Elizabeth II granting authority to Kenyan Parliament, December 6, 1963
Photographed in lobby of Parliament Building, February 9, 2007 (Enlarge.)

Text of the proclamation
Translations


Elizabeth the Second by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Our other Realms and Territories Queen Head of the Commonwealth Defender of the Faith

To Our right trusty and well beloved Counsellor Malcolm John MacDonald Governor-General and Commander-in-Chief of Kenya and Our trusty and well beloved the Honorable Timothy Muinga Chitasi Thomas Chokwe Speaker of the Senate and the Honorable Humphrey Slade Speaker of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Our Parliament of Kenya and To Our trusty and well beloved the Members of the said Senate and House of Representatives and Our People of Kenya Greetings:

Whereas by the Kenya Independence Act 1963 provision is made for the attainment by Kenya of fully responsible status within the Commonwealth And Whereas in pursuance of the provisions of the Constitution set out in the Kenya Independence Order in Council 1963 Our Parliament of Kenya has been summoned to meet for certain arduous and urgent affairs concerning the Government thereof And Whereas We are desirous of marking the importance of the opening of the first meeting of the said Parliament and of showing Our special interest in the welfare of Our Loyal Subjects in Kenya and for as much as for certain causes We cannot conveniently be present thereat in Our Royal Person Now Know Ye that

We trusting in the discretion fidelity and care of Our most dearly beloved Husband and most faithful Counsellor Philip Duke of Edinburgh Knight of Our Most Noble Order of the Garter Knight of Our Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle Grand Master and First or Principal Knight Grand Cross of Our Most Excellent Order of the British Empire Admiral of Our First Field Marshal in Our Army Marshal of Our Royal Air Force

DO give and grant by the tenor of these Presents unto him full power in Our name to hold Our Parliament of Kenya and to open and declare and cause to be opened and declared the causes of holding the same and to do everything which for Us and by Us shall be therein to be done Willing that he shall hereby convey to Our said Parliament and People Our Royal message of goodwill and Our assurance of Our earnest prayer for the blessings of Almighty God on the new Constitution of Kenya and for the continued prosperity and happiness of all Our Loyal Subjects in Kenya Commanding also by the tenor of these Presents as well all and every the said Governor-General and Commander-in-Chief the said Speaker and Members of Our said Senate and House of Representatives as all others whom it concerns to meet in Our said Parliament that to the same Prince Philip they diligently __________ the premises in the form aforesaid

AND We do further direct and enjoin that these Our Letters shall be read and proclaimed at such place ___________ Kenya as Our said Governor-General and Commander-in-Chief shall think fit

In Witness whereof We have caused these Our Letters ______________ Witness Ourself at Westminster the sixth Day of December in the twelfth year of Our Reign.

By the Queen Herself signed with Her Own Hand

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Note: Blanks (“__________”) indicate words obliterated by the flash in the picture.

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