5 British royal visits that attempted to pacify Africa after years of colonization

Elizabeth Ofosuah Johnson Nov 5, 2018 at 04:11pm

November 05, 2018 at 04:11 pm | History

Elizabeth Ofosuah Johnson

Elizabeth Ofosuah Johnson | Staff Writer

November 05, 2018 at 04:11 pm | History

President Seretse Khama and Queen Elizabeth

Botswana – 1979

In 1979, Queen Elizabeth and her family visited Botswana shortly while on her way to Zambia for the Commonwealth Conference. As head of the Commonwealth, it was important that the Queen be present at that meeting especially at a time when several African countries had gained independence from the British. The Queen was received and hosted by His Excellency, President Seretse Khama, who was of royal status and married to Ruth Khama, an English woman. Her visit was during the annual Gaborone Trade Fair which the Queen witnessed before leaving for Zambia.

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