British royal family given herd from Samburu
22 November 2013, 08:00
Wamba - A group of Samburu women on Thursday presented a gift of a fattened black bull and goat to British High Commissioner to Kenya Christian Turner on behalf of Prince William and Kate Middleton to celebrate the birth of their son George.
A women group in Samburu County also offered necklace, belt and bangles to the royal family after conducting a traditional naming ceremony where the new born was named as George Lomunyak, meaning the blessed one.
Christian Turner received a black bull, three heifers and pregnant goat to help the royal family celebrate after conducting traditional Samburu prayers to bless the kid.
A cave in a small town of Wamba in northern Kenya was named after Prince William due to their strong ties with the Samburu communities in the region and his determination to promote conservation.
"The royal family is very grateful for the gifts that you had offered and will continue to cement ties between the communities and the United Kingdom to promote tourism and conservation," Turner said in his acceptance speech.
The gifted bull along with the four heifers will be used to start a royal herd which will be looked after by the Northern Rangelands Trust in the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.
The British envoy said the country had made many strides after the promulgation of the new constitution adding that his government will continue to promote strong ties between Kenya and UK.
Kenya remains a special place for the British royal family following Prince William's proposal to Kate on the foothills of Mount Kenya in October 2010. It is also where Queen Elizabeth learnt that she was ascending to the throne.